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Lincecum rocked, Giants rally past Rockies 8-6

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Lincecum rocked, Giants rally past Rockies 8-6

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jamie Moyer knows making the Colorado Rockies is going to be a tough task after having Tommy John surgery.At 49, he's up to the challenge.Making his first appearance in a year and a half, Moyer pitched two scoreless innings and the Rockies tagged Tim Lincecum for five runs before the San Francisco Giants rallied for an 8-6 victory Wednesday."I was a little anxious entering the game," said Moyer. "It's been 18 months since I pitched in game. I wasn't nervous since I entered from the bullpen in the fourth.
"I have something to prove to this team," he added.Moyer last pitched July 20, 2010, when he was with Philadelphia. In his two innings of work, Moyer held the Giants to a single and induced five groundouts and had a strikeout. His fastest pitch was an 82 mph fastball to Brandon Belt in the fourth inning.If Moyer makes the team, he would become the fifth pitcher to play in the majors for 25 years or more. Nolan Ryan holds the record having pitched for 27.Moyer threw just 22 pitches in his outing. "I have a lot of work ahead of me," Moyer said. "I can't sit and dwell on this because one outing isn't going to create where I'm going to be."Today was all about trying to be effective and pitch around the strike zone," he said.The Rockies pounced on Lincecum in the first two innings, scoring five runs as the former two-time Cy Young Award winner struggled with his command.
BAGGARLY: Rockies tee off on Lincecum's fastball
The Giants ace gave up five runs on seven hits to the 13 batters he faced. In the first inning, he threw 29 pitches and yielded a lead-off homer to Charlie Blackmon and two-run triple to Michael Cuddyer.His struggles continued in the second as he gave up two-run single to Carlos Gonzalez."I felt fine, said Lincecum. "I felt like my times to the plate were good. Both innings were kind of rough, obviously."Just one of those things where you've got to eliminate the fact that you're trying to get super competitive out there and trying to get outs and really focus on what you're trying to work on," Lincecum said. "I wanted to just keep throwing my fastball and hopefully pound the zone with that. At times I thought I got changeup-happy."Jeremy Guthrie, making his first appearance of the spring, gave up two runs on five hits in three innings."I was able to throw my breaking ball for strikes," Guthrie said. "However, I played into their hand when I threw fastballs."Guthrie, who lost 17 games last season with Orioles is pitching in the NL for the first time."So far, I've been able to fit right in," Guthrie said. "It's a pretty easy group to fit into.Trailing 6-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Giants rallied for six runs in the next two innings.Tommy Joseph, a catcher, had two singles while Gregor Blanco, an outfielder had a single and double.New Giant Melky Cabrera continued his torrid hitting raising his spring average to .571 (8 for 14) by going 3 for 3. The outfielder had two homers on Tuesday against the Dodgers.
BAGGARLY: Bochy doesn't apologize after booting Angels scout
NOTES: An Angels scout taking notes during the Giants morning infield practice was ejected from Scottsdale Stadium at the request of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, according to CSNBayArea.com. Scout Jeff Schugel was removed from the stadium about 10:15 a.m. while the Giants were going through routine infield drills. Earlier this spring, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson had scouts removed while they were watching drills at Arizona's camp. ... On a back field, after Giants closer RHP Brian Wilson threw live BP to C Buster Posey and 2B Freddy Sanchez declared "that he was ready" to appear in a spring game. ... Dr. James Andrews told LHP Dan Runzler that he just aggravated his latissimus dorsi muscle - not re-torn it - and won't need surgery. Runzler tore the muscle during last season's final game. He should return in four to six weeks. ... Giants C Hector Sanchez missed practice with a right hamstring injury sustained during Tuesday's game.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.

Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, two other coaches

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Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, two other coaches

SAN FRANCISCO — Late in a 98-loss season, general manager Bobby Evans met with members of the coaching staff to discuss new roles. The shakeup of the staff ended up being a stunning one. 

Pitching coach Dave Righetti was one of three coaches to be reassigned Saturday morning. After 18 seasons as pitching coach, Righetti will now serve as special assistant to the general manager. Bullpen coach Mark Gardner was given a “special assignment role to assist in pitching evaluations.” Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker will be a special assistant for baseball operations. 

The moves cap a 13-month run in which the coaching staff has taken much of the blame for a $200 million roster that was poorly constructed in places and played embarrassing baseball for long stretches of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Third base coach Roberto Kelly was let go after the 2016 season and first base coach Billy Hayes was reassigned. More changes appear on the way. 

“It does raise the level of attention to change when you struggle as much as we have, but you’re always contemplating making changes to try to help keep pushing your guys and make sure you continue to have different perspectives and new voices and reflections on how to get the most out of them,” Evans said on a conference call. 

Throughout September, multiple coaches expressed concern about their future roles, but the Giants held off several weeks before announcing changes. At least two members of the staff were involved in managerial searches elsewhere, and third base coach Phil Nevin is reportedly still a candidate for the open job in Philadelphia. 

Evans confirmed that he has interviewed outside candidates for a hitting coach role, but he would not go so far as to say Hensley Meulens will be reassigned as well. He also would not speak to the future of Ron Wotus, although the longtime bench coach is expected to be mixed up in future changes as well. Evans indicated he would announce further moves after all the open managerial vacancies are filled.

For now, the Giants are in the process of trying to find a new pitching coach. They are focused on experienced outside candidates, and they have plenty of options, as several other teams have made changes this month. Evans hinted that he wants the next pitching coach to have a more analytical approach. 

Righetti's replacement will have massive shoes to fill. His run was the longest for a pitching coach in franchise history. The Giants, usually so reliant on pitching, finished 16th in the Majors with a 4.50 ERA, but it’s hard to see how Righetti takes the blame for that. Madison Bumgarner missed a chunk of the season after a dirt bike accident, Johnny Cueto had a brutal injury-plagued year, Matt Moore battled himself and had the worst ERA in the National League, and the bullpen struggled, with closer Mark Melancon pitching through an injury that required season-ending surgery. 

Righetti was credited with helping to develop a rotation and bullpen that won three titles, and the bond he shared with pitchers was on display during the final weekend of the year, when Matt Cain talked repeatedly about their close relationship and went straight for Righetti after he came off the field for the final time. While it’s often hard to figure out where to give credit, even in a down year for the staff, Righetti played a role in Sam Dyson’s resurgence, and he helped Ty Blach and Chris Stratton break in as big league regulars. 

“Ultimately a change for us in the clubhouse is really an opportunity just to put a new voice with our pitching staff and try to keep pushing to the heights that we aspire as an organization and a club,” Evans said. “Changes sometimes are needed as much for the sake of that new voice as anything, and I think that was really the priority here.”

Righetti will help Evans in a front office role. Evans admitted that Righetti’s “heartbeat is in uniform as a coach,” but said he was willing to take on a new role for an organization he loves. 

Gardner, a former Giants pitcher, had been on staff since 2003. He will now help to evaluate pitchers inside and outside the organization, and Evans said Gardner could serve an important role in evaluating trade options. Decker joined the big league staff in 2015 after a long run working in the minor leagues. The 2017 season was his 23rd with the organization. He will have a “blank canvas,” Evans said, working in different roles inside the organization. Decker will also help with draft preparation.