Cabrera amazes, outhits his Giants teammates in pivotal win


Cabrera amazes, outhits his Giants teammates in pivotal win

MIAMI Melky Cabrera keeps two special baseballs on a shelfin his locker, home and away.

They are not souvenirs from a milestone night. They arenteven game-used. Both of them bear inscriptions in black ink: SALMO 23 andSALMO 91.

You might know them better as this:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.


I will say of the Lord, He is myrefuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

Youre more likely to find Cabrera reading hisBible than trying to pie a reporter in the face. Two months into his career with the Giants, Cabrerasteammates are still learning his likes and dislikes. Theyre getting littlewindows into his personality through snippets of conversations and littleflashes of body language on the field.

But by now, they understand the essence. And they certainlyunderstand his impact.

Cabrera scored all three runs and outhit the rest of histeammates 4 to 3 in the Giants 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday a complete effort that made the difference between a winning road trip and alosing one. His homer put them ahead. He stole two bases, too, and shook off a swollen lip after he slidface-first into Omar Infantes glove at second base.

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He leads baseball with 73 hits, and thats not eventhe most impressive part. He has the most hits by a Giant through May for whichday-by-day data is available, beginning in 1920.

More accurately, he has the second most hits by a Giantthrough 48 games in the clubs San Francisco era. Heres the list, courtesy ofDave Feldman:

Willie Mays, 84, 1958
Melky Cabrera, 73, 2012
Orlando Cabrera, 68, 1962
Jeffrey Leonard, 68, 1987

Yep. Its Melky, the Baby Bull, the Hac-Man and the greatestliving ballplayer. That is a good list to crack.

It almost left Cabrera speechless to hear his name linkedwith Mays.

Really happy, said Cabrera, through the translation skillsof Sergio Romo. I didnt know I was up there. Im really happy to be mentionedin the same sentence as Willie Mays.

His teammates were almost as speechless to describe what Cabrerais doing.

Ridiculous, Matt Cain said.

Unbelievable, Angel Pagan said.

Amazing, Romo said.

A joke, Gregor Blanco said. He's hitting line drive, linedrive, line drive. It's amazing."

And Bruce Bochy: Wow.

Full pause.

EXTRA BAGGS: Giants play matador, fluffy schedule ahead, etc.

Its hard to describe the job hes done for us.

What does Cabrera think of all these compliments?

We have good teammates around here, he said, through Romo.Im comfortable. Were one unit here. It makes me feel good they talk about methat way and I feel the same.

Cabrera has 46 hits while hitting .426 in May. Hes got three games remainingto collect five more, which would match Randy Winn for the most hits in any month inthe Giants San Francisco era. Of course, Winn turned that huge September of 2005 into athree-year extension worth more than 27 million. And Cabrera will be a free agentafter this season.

But there is no indication that Cabreras quietly dedicatedpush is about cashing in.

He fits. He blends. He meshes well, Romo said. Hes got afresh, young, aggressive approach. Its impressive. It really is. Hes 4 for 4 and its real! Its not just one day. Hesbeen doing it the whole year. Melky thats whats up! Hes a beast. He reallyis.

Maybe its an example of how overshadowed hes been hiswhole career. Hes just good.

Said Cain: Hes on fire and were loving it.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League


How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.