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Giants believe Tim Lincecum will be fine


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Giants believe Tim Lincecum will be fine, according to CSN.

Lincecum injured his back during Wednesday's game, and was sent for an MRI Thursday. The MRI was considered precautionary, and the Giants don't expect to receive bad news. If there is an issue, Lincecum would be replaced on the roster. 


Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (back) headed for MRI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, who left Game 2 of the World Series due to back tightness, will undergo an MRI Thursday, sources connected to the team told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Giants will know more about Tim Lincecum Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Giants will have more information on pitcher Tim Lincecum Thursday, according to Bleacher Report.

Lincecum left after his back tightened up in the eighth inning. The club expects him to be OK, but will have a better idea about the severity of his injury Thursday. Lincecum was able to pitch 1 2/3 innings before departing. 


Giants SP Jake Peavy gives up four runs in World Series Game 2 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was saddled with a loss in Game of the World Series Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks in five-plus innings while striking out one in his team's 7-2 defeat against the Royals.

Peavy (1-1) ran in to trouble immediately Wednesday, giving up a run on three hits and a walk in the first inning after the offense had given him a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. He surrendered another run on an RBI double in the second, but the offense evened the game in the fourth. Peavy opened the sixth inning by giving up a single and a walk before being removed, and the Royals went on to post five runs in the inning en route to running out to an insurmountable lead.

Peavy has posted a 3.68 ERA and 6:8 K:BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings over three postseason starts. The two teams head into Friday's Game 3 tied 1-1 in the series.


Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum leaves due to lower back issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's game against the Royals due to a lower back injury.

Lincecum tossed 1 2/3 innings before leaving the contest. After going 2-2 against Salvador Perez, Lincecum called the trainer out to the mound. He appeared to slip on the mound during the pitch. After some discussion, Lincecum was removed from the game. Following the game, the team announced Lincecum is dealing with a lower back injury.


Bochy: Illness kept Tim Lincecum out of pregame ceremony


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Giants reliever Tim Lincecum declined to elaborate about his absence from pregame introductions Tuesday night, claiming he was in a back room and that he preferred not to run out in the middle of the ceremony.

Bruce Bochy, however, came up with another explanation. He said Lincecum was busy throwing up. "That's the honest truth," Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. Lincecum, who told trainer Dave Groeschner that he was feeling ill, made it out to the bullpen after the first inning.

"He said he was good to go," Bochy said. "Timmy was available."


Dodgers still waiting for SP Dan Haren to act on option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Dodgers have confirmed that veteran right-hander Dan Haren has yet to exercise his $10 million option for 2015.

Haren certainly had other concerns Wednesday, when he underwent arthrocopic surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.

The 34 year old, who did not pitch in the playoffs, finished strong in the regular season. He yielded just 10 earned runs in his last 43 innings and concluded the year at 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA and just 36 walks in 186 innings.


Phillies RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez targets rotation spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has declared that Cuban import Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

Gonzalez was winless in four decisions at three different levels in the minors but performed well enough to record a 3.11 ERA. He struggled with his control with 26 walks in 46 1/3 innings.

"We're going to give him every opportunity to be in our rotation," Amaro said via MLB.com. "We have to try to create as many opportunities for starting pitching as we possibly can. We're not going to be able to go through a season with five or six pitchers. It's probably going to take seven to 10 pitchers.

"He personally feels more comfortable being in the rotation. Whether or not he can provide that remains to be seen. But after speaking with him it was very important to him to be prepared mentally and physically for this offseason to get stretched out."

Gonzalez was promoted to the Phillies in September and yielded four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Epstein laments Jackson deal, but still looking to improve Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has stated that he won't be satisfied adding one starting pitcher to the rotation in the offseason.

"We need impact starting pitching," he told CSNChicago.com. "If you can add a top-of-the-rotation starter to what we have with (Jake) Arrieta, et al, it becomes really, really interesting in a hurry. We also could use just another quality, stable arm to go with it. So in an ideal world, we'll add two starting pitchers."

Epstein admitted he made a mistake in his disastrous signing of Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, which will pale in comparison to the money destined for potential free agents Jon Lester and Max Scherzer this winter. Jackson is 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA in two years with the Cubs, who are on the hook for two more seasons. But Epstein realizes that he must return to the free agent market to sufficiently improve his staff.

"I'm very confident that we'll add impact pitching from outside the organization," he said. "It has a chance to happen this winter. But we're not going to make any guarantees."


Madison Bumgarner allows one run in Giants' Game 1 World Series win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner earned a win in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, allowing just one earned run on three hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 7-1 victory over the Royals.

Bumgarner (3-1) continued to look excellent fresh off winning the NLCS MVP award. He fired six scoreless innings and was up 7-0 before surrendering a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. Bumgarner has delivered a 1.40 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 33:6 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 postseason innings spanning five starts. He'll get the ball in Game 5 Sunday if the Royals can avoid a sweep. Game 2 is set for Wednesday in Kansas City.


Diamondbacks add Enrique Burgos to 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Diamondbacks have added pitcher Enrique Burgos to their 40-man roster, the Arizona Republic reports. He's now protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

MRI on Michael Wacha's shoulder comes back clean


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) An MRI on the injured shoulder of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha came back clean, MLB.com reports.

Wacha has been dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but he is expected to follow his normal offseason program. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said.


Phillies sign Jerome Williams to one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $2.5-million deal with pitcher Jerome Williams, the team announced Tuesday. The contract includes performance bonuses.

Williams went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 38:17 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over nine starts after joining the team off waivers in August. He has pitched for seven teams while compiling a 4.40 ERA in 891 1/3 career innings.


Report: Adam Wainwright 'should have normal offseason'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had his elbow examined following the team's elimination, and it checked out "optimistically," general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright "should have a normal offseason," Mozeliak added.

Giants announce World Series rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy will maintain his current rotation for the World Series, which means Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy will start Games 1 and 2 in Kansas City, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Saturday. Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Games 3 and 4 at home.

Bochy is also expected to keep veteran Tim Lincecum on the roster. Lincecum has yet to make an appearance this postseason for San Francisco.


Giants Madison Bumgarner goes eight innings Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner worked eight strong innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

Bumgarner allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five and walked two. Bumgarner gave up his first run in the third inning. After putting two men on base via the walk, Bumgarner allowed an RBI double to Jon Jay. The following frame, Bumgarner was hurt by the long ball when Matt Adams and Tony Cruz touched him for solo shots to give the Cardinals the lead. Bumgarner would settle in over the next four innings before being pulled after eight. He did not factor into the decision. 


Cardinals Adam Wainwright goes seven strong in final start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright managed to go seven strong innings Thursday against the Giants.

With his team down 3-1, Wainwright did what he could to make sure the Cardinals remained competitive. He allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. Wainwright struck out seven and walked two during the outing. He only made one mistake, which led to both runs. In the third inning, Wainwright allowed Joe Panik to belt a two-run homer to right. The Cardinals would battle back the next inning, and Wainwright would shut down the Giants over the next four innings. San Francisco would mount a comeback, ruining Wainwright's strong start and knocked the Cardinals out of the playoffs. 


Cardinals RP Marco Gonzales takes Game 4 NLCS loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals relief pitcher Marco Gonzales took a loss Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 6-4 loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Gonzales (2-1) came into the appearance with 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the postseason but couldn't protect a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning Wednesday. The Cardinals now need to win three straight games to reach the World Series for a third time in four years.


Shelby Miller allows three runs, Cardinals lose Game 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 6-4 loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Miller surrendered a sacrifice fly in the first inning and was touched up for two more runs in the third. He was pulled with two outs and one on in the fourth after throwing just 65 pitches in the start but left with the lead. The teams head into Thurdsay's Game 5 of the NLCS with the Giants ahead 3-1.


Ryan Vogelsong allows four runs, Giants win Game 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in just three innings while striking out one in his team's 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Vogelsong pitched well in his NLDS start but struggled mightily Wednesday, allowing runs in the first and second on RBI singles before giving up two runs in the third, one on a groundball double play and the other on a solo home run. He was pulled for a pinch hitter before seeing any more action. The teams head into Thurdsay's Game 5 of the NLCS with the Giants ahead 3-1.


Padres P Josh Johnson finally back to throwing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, whose career has been curtailed by two Tommy John surgeries, played catch last week for the first time since going under the knife in early April.

Johnson, who was sidelined after throwing just 13 innings in spring training, expressed joy over the rather modest accomplishment.

"I'm very excited ... it's been a long time," he told MLB.com.

The Padres hold a $4 million option next year on Johnson, who has not pitched effectively since winning three of four decision for the Marlins in 2011 and compiling a 1.64 ERA.


Giants' Tim Hudson knocked around Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Giants pitcher Tim Hudson had a bit of a tough start Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Hudson allowed four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. After a scoreless first inning, Hudson was spotted with a four run lead after the bottom of the frame. He would give it all back as the game went on. A Kolten Wong triple would bring in two runs in the fourth, a Jhonny Peralta single would add another in the sixth and a Randal Grichuk solo shot would tie things up in the seventh. Hudson would leave the game at that point. He did not factor into the decision. 


Cardinals' John Lackey allows four runs in Game 3 no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey gave up four earned runs on five hits and one walk in six innings while striking out three in his team's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

All Lackey's damage came in the first inning, when he gave up an RBI double and then surrendered another double with the bases loaded to dig himself a 4-0 hole. The offense was able to chip away at the lead before tying the game in the seventh, but the Cardinals ultimately dropped the game and fell behind 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for 8:07 p.m. ET Wednesday.


Dodgers outright Stephen Fife to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) The Dodgers sent pitcher Stephen Fife outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday after he cleared waivers, TrueBlueLA.com reports. Fife will likely be sidelined for the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August.

Matheny: Michael Wacha relegated to extra-innings role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that pitcher Michael Wacha is set to be used in an extra-innings role if needed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny said. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game."

Wacha missed more than two months during the regular season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He didn't warm up while Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright struggled in the middle innings, and he didn't begin to warm up during the team's Game 2 win until the game appeared it would head into extra innings before Kolten Wong smacked a walkoff home run. Wacha could end up not logging any innings this postseason if the team remains committed to saving him for a potential extra-innings scenario.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
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Manny Machado, Orioles
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Todd Frazier, Reds
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Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
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Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

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