Giants legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's home sells for $4.2 million


Giants legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's home sells for $4.2 million

Willie McCovey was a Bay Area baseball legend. So much so, that when his house sells, we hear about it.

His longtime home in Woodside, CA, was recently sold for a cool $4.2 million -- $250,000 more than the asking price.

The 3,810 square-foot house was built in 1976 and sits on more than an acre of land, according to the Los Angeles Times

"It features high ceilings, exposed beams and picture windows that bring city views inside. A step-down living room with a marble fireplace, a dining room, a billiard’s room, three bedrooms, and 3.5 bathrooms are among the living spaces." It also possesses a swimming pool and spa right below a circular patio.

According to records, McCovey purchased the home in the 1970s for $38,500.

Talk about amazing return on investment. 

You can check out photos, here

The late McCovey earned six All-Star selections, won a National League MVP and Rookie of the Year Award. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986. 

Bruce Bochy calls Mark Melancon 'invaluable,' weighing opportunities


Bruce Bochy calls Mark Melancon 'invaluable,' weighing opportunities

PITTSBURGH -- This trip is a homecoming for Mark Melancon, who was a three-time All-Star with the Pirates and had a strong half-season with the Nationals before signing with the Giants. 

For the first time in three years, perhaps Melancon can enjoy taking the mound here. He is healthy and throwing as well as he has since signing that deal, posting nine scoreless appearances to start the season. He has not returned as the closer, however. 

Melancon is fourth or fifth on the bullpen depth chart, and with right-handers Sam Dyson and Reyes Moronta ahead of him in the late innings most times, many of the veteran's early-season outings will be multiple innings. That's something Melancon had success with last season, and he has carried that over. 

"He's made himself even more versatile, which is invaluable for us," manager Bruce Bochy said Friday. 

That role could change, though. Bochy said he could see Melancon getting save opportunities this season. The Giants waited until Opening Day to name Will Smith their closer, in part because Bochy felt he had multiple good options. 

"It would be great if that were to work out because it could free up Will Smith, but there obviously was some concern about (Melancon's) health after what he went through last year," Bochy said. 

Melancon is healthy now, and giving him a few ninth-inning opportunities could allow Bochy to use Smith against a tough lefty in the eighth if he already has used Tony Watson. There's another factor here, too, one that club employees wouldn't ever want to mention out loud. 

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Smith figures to be one of the better relievers available before the July 31 deadline and Watson and Dyson also could be attractive to other teams. Melancon's contract is harder to move and he has a year remaining. The Giants could look up after the deadline and determine that Melancon and Moronta are their two options. 

Giants vs. Pirates lineup: Madison Bumgarner starts, Buster Posey catching

Giants vs. Pirates lineup: Madison Bumgarner starts, Buster Posey catching

Despite some improvements in velocity and averaging more than one strikeout per inning, Drew Pomeranz couldn't maintain his command and the Giants left the nation's capital with a 4-2 loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

The team hopes to get back on track as they head to Pittsburgh to face Jordan Lyles and the Pirates -- if the weather cooperates.

If the game goes on, the Giants have a lot of work to do. Lyles has been dazzling on the mound and has only allowed one run in 11 innings over his first two outings this season -- and his opponents? Well, they're batting just .158 against him.  

Madison Bumgarner is getting starter honors for the Orange and Black and is currently on pace for a career-best 0.923 WHIP.

Here are the lineups for Thursday's Giants vs. Pirates game:

San Francisco Giants (8-12)
Steven Duggar, RF
Joe Panik, 2B
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Gerardo Parra, LF
Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.12 ERA)

Pittsburgh Pirates (10-6)
Starling Marte, CF
Melky Cabrera, RF
Jung Ho Kang, 3B
Josh Bell, 1B
Francisco Cervelli, C
Pablo Reyes, 2B
JB Shuck, LF
Erik Gonzalez, SS
Jordan Lyles (1-0, 0.82 ERA)