Bochy rests Pagan, Sandoval for two very different reasons


Bochy rests Pagan, Sandoval for two very different reasons

DENVER Angel Pagan is getting a day off Wednesday becauseof a stubborn cut on his left hand. Pablo Sandovals ailment is more difficultto pin down.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to take advantage ofThursdays day off to give both players a chance to recuperate.

Pagan has been battling a split callous on his hand sincespring training. Its not significant and hes available off the bench, butthis is the second to last time that Bochy can pair a rest with an off day toprovide a 48-hour respite.

As for Sandoval, he is 0 for 9 in two games at Coors Fieldand has been highly erratic at third base. Bochy didnt hesitate to take himout on a double switch in the sixth inning Tuesday night, and after a meeting withthe coaches to address his lack of production at the plate, Bochy said Sandovalcould benefit from watching a game.

I talked to Pablo and told him thats the plan, to give hima break, Bochy said. Back off a little bit. Hes been pressing. Let him getaway. Hes definitely fighting it and its starting to mount up on him as faras trying too hard.

Lets get him back to being relaxed and having fun. It hasntbeen fun for him the last couple games.

In other pregame news, Xavier Nady ran curves and said hesoptimistic his strained hamstring will be serviceable to start in left fieldover the weekend in Arizona. The Giants will face three left-handers in theseries at Chase Field that begins on Friday.

Theres still a buzz over Guillermo Motas outing fromTuesday night. A lot of folks saw the 3-2 breaking balls he threw and took itas a signal that hes back. Expect to see Mota in more leveraged situations.

Sergio Romo knows all about leverage, too. Hes available,and Bochy said hes very pleased with how Romo has been able to handle beingused more often this season. Hes really held up well with handling what wevethrown at him, Bochy said. Hes been able to go two and three (consecutive)days. Its a credit to his maintenance work.

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


CHICAGO -- Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.

"It feels good to hear World Series," Kershaw said. "It's been a long time coming for this team."

After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of Dodgers. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and Justin Turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.

The Dodgers will host the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Yankees have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS heading into Game 6 at Houston on Friday night, so one more New York win would set up another chapter in an old October rivalry between the Yankees and Dodgers.

The Dodgers made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner took the loss when Los Angeles was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.

He was just OK in his first two starts in this year's postseason, but Los Angeles' loaded lineup picked him up each time. Backed by Hernandez's powerful show in Chicago, Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts in his sixth career playoff win - matching Burt Hooton for the franchise record.

When Kenley Jansen retired Willson Contreras on a liner to shortstop for the final out, the party was on. The Dodgers poured out of the dugout and mobbed their dominant closer near the mound, and a small, but vocal group of Los Angeles fans gathered behind the visitor's dugout and chanted "Let's go Dodgers! Let's go Dodgers!"

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach


Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs. 

Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News

The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff. 

Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff. 

The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants. 

Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor.