Storybook tale for Posey continues in K.C.


Storybook tale for Posey continues in K.C.

KANSAS CITY -- The story of Buster Poseys baseball career is one that is still being written. But already, it reads like a classic novel.It has the perfect protagonist. Posey, the very portrait of class and professionalism. A hero to so many in every sense of the word.It has the dramatic plot ... with the emotional highs of a Rookie of the Year award on the heels of a World Series title, to the mental and physical struggles of coping and returning from a season-ending injury.Will it have a storybook ending too? That chapter is likely years away from unfolding, but so far, its looking pretty good. As Posey makes his first All Star appearance, here is what his teammates and other players around the league are saying about his amazing story:Pablo Sandoval: "I'm happy for him, you know, hes been through a lot of things, his ankle surgery he missed the whole season last year. You know, to get back the way he got back is tough, he deserves to be here, he's a great player and a great hitter. I'm happy to see my teammate, not for one year and couple years ago. So, I've been playing with him, know him very well, so he's a great guy, such a great teammate, so I'm happy for him to be here" Matt Cain: "Yeah,that's pretty cool i mean its amazing to see how quick he's turned around from such a extreme injury last year and to turn around and go through mental grind of getting healthy, getting his body back healthy, to turn around and put up what he's done already the first half shows what kind of a player he is and what kind hes going to be for his career." As manager Bob Melvin: "He's a premiere position behind the plate and to be an offensive guy like that, you don't see too many guys that can handle both ends of it. Behind the plate he's a terrific defender and throws very well and a middle-of-the-order hitter from the catcher spot, which doesn't happen very often so all the accolades he gets he deserves" Joe Mauer: It's really nice to see from afar. I don't know Buster that well, he seems like a great guy and a hard working player. I guess you have to be to be that good. But to have that injury and come back from that and be at an all-star game it's pretty impressive, and I look forward to talking to him a little bit. And finally, Posey himself: It's definitely special, I was just anxious to be back and competing at the major league level, and you know this is kind of icing on the cake. It's sometimes kind of hard to believe that I'm here.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."


Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.


Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.


Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.