Shaun Anderson gets first MLB win, gives Giants exactly what was needed

Shaun Anderson gets first MLB win, gives Giants exactly what was needed

BALTIMORE -- There was a long line of handshakes and high-fives when Shaun Anderson returned to the dugout after completing his seventh and final inning. It had been 41 games since the Giants had celebrated such a deep start, but what really must have pleased the team's decision-makers was the way Anderson got back there. 

With his pitch count approaching 100 in the seventh, the rookie struck out two and got a slow roller to short. Stevie Wilkerson led off the inning and saw 10 pitches before swinging through a fastball, and as Wilkerson turned towards the dugout, Anderson stood on the mound for a second, staring at the outfielder as he retreated. 

“He’s a really good competitor,” manager Bruce Bochy said after an 8-2 win over the Orioles. “I thought he had good focus the whole game and just had a really, really determined look there.”

The Giants have been missing a lot of ingredients through an awful first third of the season. Beyond the obvious ones, though, they have also been missing an edge. Anderson is soft-spoken off the field, and teammates have already noted he's not one for lengthy conversations, but he pitches angry, and this roster certainly could use a lot more of that in the long run.

In the short term, the pitching staff simply needed someone to step up with innings, and Anderson was happy to carry a heavy load. He became the first Giants starter since Madison Bumgarner on April 13 to complete seven innings, throwing a career-high 105 pitches on a hot and muggy day at Camden Yards. 

“I felt good,” he said. “I pride myself on making sure I take care of my body and making sure I’m ready for that.” 

Anderson's push for a first big league win was backed by another strong day for the lineup. Brandon Belt drove in four runs, Buster Posey scored three before departing, and the rookie right-hander did the rest. Anderson scattered five hits and allowed two earned, walking one and striking out four.

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The third strikeout was the biggest one. Anderson knew the leadoff batter would determine his fate for the seventh inning, and he certainly seemed to enjoy winning that battle with Wilkerson. 

“I knew my pitch count was going up. I knew I wanted to get through the seventh and he was taking me away from that,” Anderson said. “When he fouls pitches off like that it’s a battle. I didn’t want to walk him or give up a hit.”

Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Will Venable for managerial opening


Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Will Venable for managerial opening

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy spent 25 consecutive years as a big league manager, but it appears the Giants are looking to go the opposite route as they search for Bochy's replacement.

Two weeks in, there's a consistent theme with the known names in the managerial search. They mostly are younger and without much, if any, managerial experience, although they are well thought of within the industry.

The Giants started the process by interviewing current coaches Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, and a source told NBC Sports Bay Area that A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay interviewed last Monday. Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol interviewed Thursday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler will sit down with Farhan Zaidi, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Per league sources, the Giants also have interest in Will Venable, who currently is the first base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Venable, 36, spent eight years as a Padres outfielder and finished his career with the Dodgers in 2016, when Zaidi was the general manager there.

A product of Princeton, Venable joined the Cubs as a special assistant in 2017 and was elevated to Joe Maddon's staff a year later. He also is in consideration for the Cubs' managerial opening.

Zaidi has said he expects to interview six to eight external candidates, but it's possible that some of the names connected to the Giants won't necessarily be in a position to be the new manager. This is an opportunity for Zaidi to spend time with some of the brightest young minds on other big league staffs, and some of the candidates may end up in consideration to join the Giants in other roles.

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The coaching staff is expected to undergo significant changes under new leadership, and all of Bochy's coaches had contracts that expired at the end of the 2019 season. Zaidi also needs to hire a new general manager and has said that department heads are still deciding what to do with some longtime front office employees.

MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker


MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker could reunite with Bryce Harper, and it's all thanks to the ... Giants? 

The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reported Sunday that the Giants gave the Phillies permission to interview Baker to be their next manager. The 70-year-old currently is a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer in San Francisco. 

Baker last managed in the major leagues when he led Harper and the Nationals to 97 wins in 2017. But Washington lost to the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs that season, despite winning the NL East. 

The Nationals won the NL East both years that Baker managed in Washington DC -- 2016 and 2017 -- and averaged 96 wins in his two seasons. They also failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs both times. 

Baker began his managerial career in 1993 when he won 103 games with the Giants. He served as San Francisco's manager from 1993 to 2002 and compiled an 840-715 regular-season record, though his teams went just 11-13 in the playoffs, including losing the 2002 World Series to the Angels in seven games.

Over his 22-year managerial career, Baker has 1,863 wins to 1,636 losses, but is 23-32 in the playoffs. 

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The Phillies seem to be looking for veteran leadership from their new manager. Along with Baker, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Philadelphia also will consider Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi and Mike Scioscia as candidates.

Gabe Kapler was fired by the Phillies after the regular season as the team disappointed in Harper's first year on his new team. Heyman reported Saturday that the Giants will interview Kapler for their vacant manager position.