EXTRAS: Ortiz is no spring chicken


EXTRAS: Ortiz is no spring chicken

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There arent many veteran non-roster pitchers in camp. Evenfewer own a winning decision in a World Series game.Ramon Ortiz wont draw attention to that. It was against theGiants, in Game 3 of the 2002 series at Pacific Bell Park, after all.But Ortiz already knows his way around Scottsdale.

He's actually in Giants camp for the second time in fourseasons. He pitched well for Triple-A Fresno in 2009, posting a 3.05 ERA as astarter and long man, but didnt get promoted that season. After quick stopswith the Mets, Rays, Dodgers and Cubs, hes back on another minor league dealwith the Giants. Now 38, he still has the same wiry body as he did when he wasa rookie.Everybody is new here, he said. But Lincecum and Cain.Ortiz threw a lot in winter ball and it shows. Just watchinghis bullpens, its clear hes ahead of most everyone else.If Ortiz pitches for the Giants this season, itll mean PlanA, B and C didnt go so swiftly. But hes not a bad guy to have in camp. Hispresence also gives me a reason to retell one of my favorite spring trainingstories: Three facts to set up: 1. Ortiz was a fairly green rookiewith the Angels when I was covering the team. 2. The prankster on that club atthe time was Jarrod Washburn. 3. Whenever teams would bus to games in Tucson,theyd pass Rooster Cogburns Ostrich Farm alongside I-10.One day, Washburn arranged for an ostrich to visit theclubhouse. He led the big bird into the room, and everyone was stunned intolaughter.Except Ortiz. He jumped on his chair in a fit of panic, hiseyes bulged, he pointed frantically and screamed repeatedly: Pollo grande!Pollo grande!Yep, that was one big chicken.--Ortiz also was among the many international players caughtup in fudging their birthdates. After it was learned that Ortiz had aged threeyears, Wally Joyner wheeled in a table with three birthday cakes, candlesablaze.--Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement, Fox Sports KenRosenthal reported. He had minor league offers from two NL clubs but turnedthem down. He was a bust for most of his time as a Giant, but the words WorldSeries MVP sure do season up a stew. Id imagine the Giants will be invitingRenteria to AT&T Park many times in future seasons. (Reunion Tuesdays, asthe promotional schedule refers to them.)--And what of Juan Uribe, another of those lovable misfits andhero of Game 6 in Philadelphia?Hes entering year two of his three-year, 21 million deal with the Dodgers, and early returns are not good. Not only did Uribe hit .204 in 270 at-bats, buthe was shut down because of surgery to repair a sports hernia.The AP reported that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and trainerStan Conte traveled to the Dominican Republic over the winter and presentedthe infielder with an offseason regimen.Since I am pretty sure they have phones and fax machines inthe Dominican, Id imagine there were a few other messages the Dodgers wantedto deliver to Uribe.We assume hes healthy, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly toldAP. The injury, we feel like thats passed.

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

[RELATED: Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect]

The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.