Sandoval questioned by police


Sandoval questioned by police

SAN FRANCISCO Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is being investigated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department and faces possible sexual assault charges stemming from an incident that allegedly took place early Friday morning, sources tell CSN Bay Area.

Sandoval did not report to AT&T Park on Friday because he was being questioned by authorities, the All-Star third basemans attorney confirmed.

On Friday, June 1, Pablo Sandoval voluntarily met with the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department related to a consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature that took place on that day, attorney Eric Geffon told CSN Bay Area. Pablo fully cooperated with the Sheriffs Department out of respect for the process. We have no further comment at this time.

Sandoval, who is on the disabled list, remained on schedule to begin a rehab assignment Saturday for Single-A San Jose at Stockton on Saturday, Giants vice president Staci Slaughter said.

The Giants had no further comment.

Given the off-field nature of the issue, we refer all comment to his attorney, Slaughter said.

Sources confirmed that the incident took place early Friday morning at the Seascape Beach Resort in Santa Cruz County, but that Sandoval was not a registered guest at the property. Police were not called to the scene but sources say the woman in question later contacted authorities and reported that she was too intoxicated to give consent.

She submitted to a sexual assault forensic evidence kit at an area hospital, sources confirmed.

Sandoval has not been charged and the investigation is ongoing, sources said.

Sandoval, 25, was leading the Giants in home runs and RBIs when he fractured the hamate bone in his left hand May 1. He had surgery to remove the bone two days later; he was expected to require four to five games in the minor leagues before rejoining the Giants active roster.

A first-time All-Star last season, Sandoval and the Giants agreed to a three-year, 17.15 million contract over the winter after club officials were satisfied that he would remain dedicated to battling his ongoing weight issues.

Known and beloved as the Kung Fu Panda after breaking into the big leagues with a .330 average in 2009, Sandoval is a fan favorite. Hundreds of kids (and many adults) wear furry Panda hats while cheering on his exploits.

Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning in support of starter Jeff Samardzija, who threw seven strong innings in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez doubled to lead off the seventh for the Giants, who won their second straight and third of five. Denard Span sacrificed him to third and Belt drove a ball to left field that Starling Marte seemed to have trouble finding. It fell in front of him, allowing Gomez to score.

Adam Frazier drove in a run for the Pirates, who lost their fourth in five following a six-game winning streak.

Samardzija (5-11) allowed a run and four hits, striking out eight and walking two in winning for the first time since July 2. He had allowed 12 runs in his previous 10 1/3 innings.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams pitched well, allowing a run and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Tony Watson (5-3) pitched the seventh and took the loss.

Hunter Strickland pitched a spotless eighth and Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Each pitcher worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the early going. Samardzija struck out Josh Bell to open the second and then allowed four consecutive baserunners, including Frazier's double. He helped himself with a bare-handed grab of high hopper to record an out at the plate.

The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the first, with Brandon Crawford driving in a run on a groundout.

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (hamstring) is resuming baseball activities. He is hitting and playing catch and riding on a stationary bike. ... Austin Meadows, the Pirates' top prospect, has been hitting and throwing and is scheduled to resume playing games next week.

Giants: OF Carlos Moncrief had his contract purchased from Sacramento and will be used as a pinch-hitter and spot starter. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (blister) threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session before the game. He's scheduled to throw again Friday and if all goes well, will likely return to action. ... RHP Mark Melancon (right pronater strain) threw 30 pitches before the game and will throw again in Los Angeles either another bullpen or to hitters. He could start a rehab assignment soon after.

Pirates: Chad Kuhl (3-7, 4.92 ERA) gets the call in Friday's series opener at San Diego. He's won his only start against the Padres.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (3-10, 5.82 ERA) starts the series opener at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. He's 2-2 in four career starts at Dodger Stadium.

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez's stint with the San Francisco Giants lasted just under a year.

After the Giants acquired the infielder from the Twins on July 28, 2016, they shipped him off to Boston for two minor league pitchers on July 25, 2017.

On Wednesday, the day after Nuñez was traded mid-game, he went to Instagram to thank the Giants' organization and the fans for his year in San Francisco. 

Between the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, Nuñez slashed .293./331/.417 and swiped 31 bags. 

The Giants and his teammates also took to social media to thank Nuñez for his time.