Holliday on Cain's retaliation: 'Less than tough'


Holliday on Cain's retaliation: 'Less than tough'

The Giants are still wiping the champagne from their eyesafter winning their second World Series in three years, but theres alreadysome bulletin board material for next season.Matt Holliday, who took out second baseman Marco Scutaro in Game 2 of the NLCSbetween the Giants and Cardinals and was later hit by a Matt Cain pitch in Game7, went on record with some questionable comments."There aresome things Id rather not say. I think Cain said that the ball slipped outof his hand and got away from him, thats just part of the game. Honestly, Idont know. It seems on purpose. I wish that if he wanted to hit me, hewouldve just done it on the first pitch in the next game he had pitched. Youknow, if youre going to do it, do it, get it out of the way. But to do it, Idont remember what the score was but it was out of hand, thats about it. Ithought the timing of it was.I dont want to get into it. I wasnt thrilledabout it."Maybe Holliday is confused about the concept of context. If were to assumethat Cains pitch was in fact intentional, it makes sense that it would come ata time when the Giants had a commanding lead. Giving Holliday a free trip tofirst base with a trip to the World Series still up for grabs would makeabsolutely no sense. Holliday, though, wouldve preferred the Giants retaliation was immediate."Ifyoure going to do it, I think that is when you do it. I wouldnt be happyabout it anytime. I just thought that in the situation that it actually didhappen it was less than tough."Less than tough? This guy?The Giants apparently didnt get Hollidays suggestion. Maybe theyll apologizewhen they host St. Louisin the home opener on April 5.

How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy


How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.

During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000. 

If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring. 

Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game. 

Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details. 

Matt Moore blanks Rockies, continues late-season surge


Matt Moore blanks Rockies, continues late-season surge

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Moore knew there was something different about his final home start at AT&T Park this season, and not just the fact that he received a loud ovation as he walked off the mound in the seventh. Moore noted later that the outing was the first shutout he has been a part of this year. In fact, it was the first time in 30 starts that he walked off the mound without having allowed a run. 

“I guess it’s better late than never,” he said. 

The Giants are hoping it’s actually a preview of things to come. They counted on Moore to be a big part of their 2017 push, but instead, he likely will finish with the worst ERA of any full-time starter in the National League. Still, general manager Bobby Evans has informed Moore that his 2018 option will be picked up, something that Moore appreciated given the time of year. 

“I always pictured myself here,” he said. 

Whether coincidence or some kind of “weight off the shoulders” situation, Moore’s first start since the public revealing of the decision was his most encouraging of the year. Facing a good lineup, and a team that needed a win desperately, he pitched six shutout innings. The Giants beat the Rockies 4-0. 

Moore was already showing signs of life, with a 3.76 ERA over his seven previous appearances. Bruce Bochy viewed this as another step forward. 

“It’s been getting better and better with each start,” he said. “What he did really well today was on the arm side. He had good balance to both sides of the plate.”

Moore peppered the outside corner with fastballs, and he credited catcher Nick Hundley with stealing a few strikes. The plan allowed Moore to put hitters away in big spots, one of three points of emphasis he brought into the second half. The other two: limiting lefties and getting ahead of hitters.

That’s Moore’s roadmap back to being the player the Giants acquired. For the team as a whole, the roadmap back to relevance is similar to Wednesday’s plan. This is not a home-run hitting lineup, but the Giants are 47-21 when scoring four runs, and Wednesday was a reminder of the different paths to that magical number. 

Brandon Crawford had a solo homer, but the first two runs came on sacrifice flies and the fourth on a walk-wild pitch-single combination. Bochy said he liked “the brand of ball” his team played.

“They executed so well today,” he said. “It’s just good baseball, and that’s what I felt good about.”