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Giants hope they're not done winning yet

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Giants hope they're not done winning yet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer wants to add more World Series championships to the two his franchise has captured the past three seasons.

Why not build a baseball dynasty in the Bay Area?

Baer said Wednesday the front office is already hard at work beginning plans for the 2013 roster - and he is optimistic many familiar faces will stick around, including second baseman and NL championship series MVP Marco Scutaro.

``Nobody thinks we should be done,'' Baer said. ``I think we want to get lots of people back, and he's one of them. ... My favorite sign was `San Francisco, Happiest Place on Earth.' That's how we all feel about this. That's what the goal is.''

NL West champion San Francisco completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night at Comerica Park. The Giants and the city celebrated with an orange-and-black parade through downtown Wednesday - fitting it fell on Halloween.

General manager Brian Sabean called it a priority to re-sign Scutaro, center fielder Angel Pagan and left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt. So far, he said, his staff has spoken only ``informally'' about what's next as everyone wanted to get through Wednesday's festivities before starting in earnest.

Scutaro, who celebrated his 37th birthday Tuesday and then partied some more with his teammates a day later before this group parts ways for the winter, said it's a no-brainer he would like to return.

``What a question. Of course I want to come back,'' Scutaro said. ``Sometimes there are decisions you can't control. I don't know what they're thinking, what other teams are thinking. I just have to wait. The only thing I can say is I hope everything works out because I want to come back here.''

So, what will it take?

``I want 15 years, three thousand million dollars,'' Scutaro joked. ``How do you like me now? I gotta go.''

Just like two years ago, the Giants brass is about a month behind in preparing for next season. Though vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans has said that's a good problem to have when it means your team has won it all.

Pagan, too, hopes the team will stay intact and that he remains a key part of it as the Giants try to defend their championship next year.

``Now is for celebrating,'' Pagan said. ``We'll have time for that - negotiations. I have no words to describe how special this is to be able to bring this championship to this beautiful city. A lot of people told me before I came here how the fans are, the great fans. But actually to win a championship and experience it myself, I have no words. This is truly a blessing and I hope I can come back next year, seriously. It would be great.''

Sabean has all five starting pitchers under contract for next season, but maintaining a dominant bullpen will be paramount for a GM who has long built his club around the pitching staff.

While Affeldt also acknowledged he would like to stay put in San Francisco, he is seeking more than a one-year deal to give some long-term stability to his family with a wife and three young sons.

``It's nice to hear. I'm sure they'll be talking,'' Affeldt said. ``If it doesn't go the way we'd like it to go and I've got to move on, I'll never say anything bad about this front office or team. It's a special group of people. Hopefully we can work something out. This team has brought me a lot of joy for the last four years and I can't complain one bit about anybody. ... I'm not looking for a one-year deal. I've got a family. When you have a family and you have an opportunity, a one-year deal is definitely not something I'm going to do.''

If the Giants can bring this group back, everybody would be thrilled. Yet the players all fully understand the business side always comes into play.

``That's not my job,'' World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval said.

For now, the Giants are going to relish in what they just accomplished again so soon after the 2010 championship run brought the franchise's first World Series title since it moved West in 1958.

``Wonderful day,'' Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal said. ``Wonderful day.''

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We’ll start with the offense today, look for the defense tomorrow. 

QB Alex Smith—He still needs some work on timing with his receivers but overall, he looks like a quarterback you can win with. 

RB Rob Kelley—After his move up to starter in the wake of the Derrius Guice injury, Kelley continues to work as he has from the start of camp, like a guy fighting for a roster spot.

WR Paul Richardson—The $40 million free agent pickup showed that his game has some versatility as he made some tough catches over the middle along with some deep receptions. 

WR Josh Doctson—His heel injury slowed down what was solid progress early in training camp.

WR Jamison Crowder—His solid, workmanlike camp should make Redskins fans hope that the team is working on a long-term contract extension with Crowder right now. 

TE Jordan Reed—Considering his importance to the offense, his progress after having surgery on both of his big toes is the most positive story from camp

LT Trent Williams—The plan to ramp up his activity as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery is right on track and there’s every reason to believe he’ll be a full strength in Week 1. 

LG Shaun Lauvao—When he’s healthy, Lauvao is a good enough guard to win with and so far, he has been healthy. 

C Chase Roullier—His strength is often on display during one-on-one blocking drills and he has the appearance of a center the Redskins will be able to plug in and play for at least the next several years. 

RG Brandon Scherff—The fourth-year player is working his way towards his third straight Pro Bowl appearance.

RT Morgan Moses—He is still working through some ankle pain but he should be good to go Week 1. 

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John Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals

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John Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals

ST. LOUIS -- Even John Gant cracked a smile.

Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Kolten Wong had three hits and three RBIs as St. Louis (65-55) pulled within four games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and moved within one game of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals also improved to 18-9 since Mike Shildt was named interim manager on July 13, the most wins for a manager through his first 27 games in franchise history.

"Things are starting to click for us," Wong said. "We're playing confident. We're out there playing aggressive and I think it's the kind of baseball Cardinals fans have been waiting for."

The Nationals (60-60) have dropped six of eight to fall eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

"We've just got to keep pulling the same rope, keep grinding it out, keep trying to win ballgames," Nationals slugger Bryce Harper said.

Gant (5-4) permitted four hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. He has given up just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings in his last two starts, both wins.

The 26-year-old Gant was 0 for 30 for his career when he drove a 1-1 pitch from Gio Gonzalez (7-9) over the wall in left in the second. The two-run shot gave Washington a 3-0 lead.

"I was jogging kind of my hands in the air," said Wong, who scored on Gant's homer. "I already knew it was going out. Looking back I think he almost caught me."

Added Gant, "I thought it was going to hit the wall maybe but when I finally looked up and (Wong) was looking back at me, that's when I knew it was going over the wall."

Gant, who has a reputation for being a stoic player, admitted to smiling "once or twice" once he got back to the dugout.

Wong's solo homer made it 6-1 in the sixth, but Washington responded with three in the eighth. Harper hit a two-run shot, and Daniel Murphy singled in Anthony Rendon.

Matt Adams then struck out looking against Dakota Hudson, ending the inning, and Jordan Hicks worked the ninth for his fourth save in eight chances.

Paul DeJong also doubled and scored for St. Louis one night after he connected for a game-ending homer in a 7-6 victory. Matt Carpenter walked in the sixth to extend his on-base streak to 32 games.

"We have a 25-man roster and we have confidence in all of them," Shildt said. "They're here for a reason and guys are looking to contribute every night and in different ways."

Gonzalez was charged with five runs and five hits in four innings. The veteran left-hander is just 1-4 in his last six starts.

"I wasn't hitting my spots," Gonzalez said. "Just not being as consistent in the strike zone as I should be. It's just one of those games you can't explain."

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