Sandoval to participate in home run derby, not games, in Venezuela


Sandoval to participate in home run derby, not games, in Venezuela

Pablo Sandoval sent out a Tweet Wednesday night announcing his decision not to play in any games in Venezuela. However, he will still participate in his home country's home run derby.

The Giants' third baseman sent out the following in Spanish:

"Hola mi gente magallanera y fanatico del beisbol venezolano. La siguiente noticia es para expresar que no voy a poder participar con los Navegantes del Magallanes y en la pelota invernal organizada de Venezuela . Debido a que me encuentro en plena negociacion de mi contrato con los Gigantes de San Francisco . Espero entiendan mi posicion , esto es algo dificil para mi ya que ustedes muy bien saben , que yo quiero jugar en Venezuela y en especial con los Navegantes del Magallanes. Lo que si les garantizo es mi participacion en el Derby de Jonrones. Gracias por el apoyo mi gente ---- Y arriba la Nave Turca"

Translated to English, Sandoval said:

"Hello Magellaners and fans of Venezuelan baseball. The following news is to share that I will not be able to participate with the Magellan Navigators and Venezuelan winter ball due to the fact that I am in the middle of negotiations with the San Francisco Giants. I hope you understand my position, this is something difficult for me as you all know I want to play in Venezuela, especially with the Magellan Navigators. What I will guarantee is my participation in home run derby. Thanks for all the support, my people and lets go team!"

As of Tuesday, Sandoval's plans to play in his home country of Venezuelawere not finalized, according to Giants vice president of baseball operationsBobby Evans.Asked about Sandovals itinerary in the wake of the Wilson Ramos kidnapping,Evans told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that it is unclear how muchthe Giants third baseman will play in Venezuela.Initially, Evans said the plan was for Sandoval toparticipate in the home run derby and play 7-10 games with the Navegantes deMagallanes.
Sandovalsrepresentatives told Evans that the idea of a shortened trip has nothing to do with Ramoskidnapping. Instead, Sandoval wants to stick with his Triple Threat Performanceworkout program in Arizona.

Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.