Pence has 'refreshing' arrival to AT&T Park


Pence has 'refreshing' arrival to AT&T Park


SAN FRANCISCO The moment Hunter Pences flight landed Tuesday night,he switched on his smartphone app and checked the Giants score.

I saw it was 3-1 in the seventh inning, he said. OK,good.

Yep, he's officially invested. And vice versa.

Pence didnt arrive in time to join the Giants active roster thatll come on Wednesday, when hell be the starting right fielder andpresumed No. 5 hitter but its never too early for introductions.

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Walking into the stadium was amazing, said Pence, whom theGiants acquired Tuesday morning for Nate Schierholtz, Double-A catcher TommyJoseph and Single-A right-hander Seth Rosin. The fans out there welcoming me they were pumped. That makes you excited to get here.

Youve been on a plane all day, so its refreshing.

Refreshments were served all around in a happy Giantspostgame clubhouse. Pences red Phillies duffel and bat bags rested in a lockeradjacent to Tim Lincecum, who was speaking with reporters after pitching theGiants to a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Lincecum had just finished breaking down his experiencepitching to Pence over the years when the man himself appeared and reachedthrough a group of reporters to shake hands. They share the same agency andtheir fathers are good friends, Lincecum said.

Theres a little anticipation and excitement here, for allof us, Lincecum said.

Pence is a gangly, high-energy performer who definitelydoesnt hit or field from a textbook. But his unpredictability is part of whatmakes him dangerous.

Hes tough to throw to because you dont know what heslooking for and he swings at a lot of pitches and he can hit a lot of pitches,Lincecum said.

Pence learned of the trade while riding in a taxi withformer Giant Kevin Frandsen to Nationals Park, where the Phillies were playinga series. Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro thanked him for his contributions andwished him luck. From there, Pence packed a bag and caught the first flight hecould make. It was delayed a little more than an hour, so the Giants decided tohold off adding him to the active roster. Theyre expected to place Aubrey Huffback on the disabled list to make room.
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Its the second consecutive year hes been traded midseason,after Houston dealt him to the Phillies last July. The Giants tried to get himthen, too.

This is a different situation altogether, Pence said. Itsa little tighter race, which should make for some fun. You come through thefire a little stronger.

I guess theres less anxiety because Ive done it before. Iknow what I need to do.

Pence isnt sure what explains his success at AT&T Park,a place where most hitters have trouble making an adjustment. As for the trickyright field?

Well, I definitely have to get familiar with it, he said,recalling a time with the Astros when he tripped on the bullpen mound whilechasing a foul ball.

I face planted, he said. So I know where that is now.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”