Trip on Oracle racing boat is a splash hit for Bochy


Trip on Oracle racing boat is a splash hit for Bochy

SAN FRANCISCO Long before the racing catamaran banked intoits first stomach-dropping, 45-degree turn, Giants manager Bruce Bochy came toa conclusion about his leisurely afternoon on the water.

Ive been on some sailing boats around the bay, he said.You werent going to have a glass of white wine on this one.

Bochy was a guest of the Oracle racing team as they prepareto defend their 2010 victory in the Americas Cup. He visited the warehousewhere they are assembling the 70-footer (that will have a mast over 20 storiestall). Then he strapped in for his hour-long trip on a 45-footer.

And yes, he strapped in.

Im not real nimble, Bochy said. The skipper said, Youwant to move around? You can if you want to. I said, Im fine right where Imat.

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow went a day earlier. How comeno players ventured out for the day?

Well, Im expendable, Bochy said. They werent going tolet a player get on that boat.

Bochy had an appreciation for watching the crew at work. Heknows what its like to manage a roster of 25 people, all filling their rolesand playing their parts for a common goal.

What great teamwork. They cant make a mistake there,Bochy said. I think theyd all make good infielders. Theyre so nimble andthey have to all be in unison or it wont work.

It was quite an experience, quite an adrenaline rush. Itsneat to see how much effort they put into it for a trophy.

Bochy played a part, too. A boat needs ballast, right?

And they had a helmet that fit me, said Bochy, whofamously wears a size 8 18 cap. They told me I needed to wear one. I said,We might have a problem here.

When I passed along that quote on Twitter, former bigleaguer Greg Cadaret replied with a classic line:

That wasnt a helmet. It was the bailing bucket!

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

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.

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.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete 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.