Posey loses voice but not ground in batting race


Posey loses voice but not ground in batting race

SAN DIEGO Speak softly and carry a big stick?

Yeah, Buster Posey can handle that. He had no other choiceFriday night, when he absorbed a ball to the larynx, stayed in the game, rappedout his second extra-base hit of the night and widened his lead in the NL battingrace in the Giants 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

After the game, Poseys voice sounded like he swallowed aSwiss army knife.

Im good, he croaked, and nodded when asked if he wouldplay Saturday.

The play in the second inning was scary for all involved.Ryan Vogelsong bounced a curveball replays showed it actually hit EverthCabreras foot and the ball ricocheted up. Posey had tilted his head backslightly, leaving his throat exposed. The ball caught him flush on the voicebox.

Vogelsong didnt see the ball hit Posey. But when he gotcloser, I could see the seam marks on his Adams apple.

Scary moment?

I didnt really get to that point, but I know hes a toughson of a gun, Vogelsong said. Because I know if I get hit in the throat, Idbe lying on the training table. Weve got some tough guys back there, thatsfor sure.

If that wasnt enough, Posey also threw up prior to the game.He told manager Bruce Bochy that he ate something that didnt agree with him.So that made his triple to lead off the second inning his first since 2010 allthe more impressive.

It does show you how tough he is, Bochy said. He washurting, but he wanted to stay in. Well check on him tomorrow.

A check of the NL batting race:

Posey drew an intentional walk and struck out to finish 2for 4 and end the day with a .334 average. (rounded up from .33397). AndrewMcCutchen, part of a Pirates lineup that was no-hit by the Reds Homer Bailey,is at .33043.

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.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'


Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.