|SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )|
ARIZONA ( MCCARTHY )
|911||SAN FRANCISCO||-140||Ov 8,-110||-120||Ov 8,-105|
|912||ARIZONA||+130||Un 8,-110||+110||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2||1-1||3.0||0.191||0.295||5.0||0.269||0.372|
|Past 7 Games||0-2||-2||1-1||3.0||0.191||0.295||5.0||0.269||0.372|
|3/31/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/1/2014||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/2/2014||HUDSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/3/2014||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/4/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/5/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|3/22/2014||MILEY(L)||*LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-3||L||+150||6.5 ev||U||5||7||1||5||7||1|
|3/23/2014||CAHILL(R)||*LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-7||L||+110||7.5 ev||O||8||11||3||13||13||1|
|3/31/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/1/2014||MILEY(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/2/2014||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|4/3/2014||ARROYO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/4/2014||DELGADO(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|4/5/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/6/2014||MILEY(L)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From every slot in a talented, experienced rotation to the back end of the bullpen and in between, to the starting fielders and the role players on the bench, it's hard to find a member of the San Francisco Giants pleased with his 2013 season.|
A year after winning the World Series, the Giants finished 10 games under .500, third in the NL West and they missed the playoffs.
''We don't even have to have the conversation, a lot of the guys know it,'' right-hander Matt Cain said. ''We didn't pitch the way that we wanted to.''
As the Giants begin a new year, they will try to keep up with the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and regain the grip they had on the NL West when the club won World Series championships in 2010 and `12 - even if everybody expects the Dodgers to be the team to beat.
''You do try to reflect back and try to learn from what happened last year and how you can get better,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''You move forward, that's what we had to do. There are some things we'll talk about in the spring, mistakes that we made last year. Also, hopefully guys come in with an attitude, that they weren't happy with what happened the year before and want to get back on track.''
Buster Posey certainly doesn't want to spend too much time thinking about last season.
''That's probably how everybody feels. There's a bad taste in a lot of guys' mouths,'' Posey said. ''We want to come out and focus on winning ballgames.''
|ARIZONA: PHOENIX (AP) - The season had not even started when the Arizona Diamondbacks took a loss.|
A day before boarding the plane for their season opener in Australia, the Diamondbacks learned scheduled opening-day starter Patrick Corbin had a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and might need season-ending surgery.
Arizona went 21-8 in the young left-hander's starts last season, more than a quarter of the victories for a team that went 81-81 for the second year in a row. The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by splashing around in Arizona's Chase Field swimming pool.
Arizona retooled during the offseason by adding power (Mark Trumbo), a veteran starter (Bronson Arroyo) and a young closer (Addison Reed). Even with the loss of Corbin, the Diamondbacks feel they have the components to contend for at least a wild-card berth.
''They really want it,'' catcher Miguel Montero said. ''They're hungry for something, and that's a good feeling. I think last year we were a little bit more laid back. This year the guys are hungry, and that's a good thing.''
Trumbo noticed a positive attitude right from the start of spring training.
''That's the personality of the guys here and that plays really well for the course of a long season,'' he said. ''You've got to have guys that play the game right way, but play it with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder and bring it every day.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Diamondbacks Preview* =============================
By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer
San Francisco (0-0) at Arizona (0-2), 9:40 p.m. EDT
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks played their "home" opener 7,800 miles away from Phoenix.
After two losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, they truly open at home Monday against the San Francisco Giants.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, an All-Star last season, makes his first opening-day start for the Giants and Brandon McCarthy starts for the Diamondbacks.
The four-game series features two teams that will try to unseat the favored Dodgers in the NL West.
San Francisco won the division title and the World Series two years ago, a year after the Diamondbacks finished atop the NL West.
Arizona has been hit by significant injuries to its top starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin, and its bullpen setup man, David Hernandez.
"Virtually every team is going to have obstacles," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We've had some hit us early. We'll be resilient. We'll have to fight through it."
New Arizona closer Addison Reed said there's no way to avoid the kind of injuries Corbin and Hernandez sustained.
"But our farm system is deep," he said. "So many guys we can plug in."
Bumgarner, at 24 the youngest of the San Francisco starters, was 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 31 starts last season. As usual, starting pitching is the Giants' strength, with a rotation that includes Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and 38-year-old newcomer Tim Hudson.
The Giants (76-86) finished third in the NL West last season, behind the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
"There's a bad taste in everybody's mouths," San Francisco catcher Buster Posey said.
San Francisco had a hard time scoring last year.
"We've got to pick it up here," manager Bruce Bochy said. "This is going to be a big road trip for us. We've got to have these bats going."
San Francisco needs output from speedy center fielder Angel Pagan, who was bothered by a sore back during spring training.
Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill started in Australia. Miley was solid but not as good as reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in a 3-1 opening defeat, and Cahill was hit hard in a 7-5 loss.
Miley and Cahill will start the second and third games of the Arizona series, while newcomer Bronson Arroyo, sidelined by a sore back during much of spring training, is to start the series finale.
The Giants will go with Cain, Hudson and Lincecum.
McCarthy struggled with injuries last season, going 5-11 with a 4.53 ERA, but had a strong exhibition season. It's his second start in a home opener.
"It's a cool opportunity,"' he said. "It's always a first chance for the fans to get out and see the guys again. There's always a lot of atmosphere there. It's the closest you get to a playoff atmosphere in the regular season until the season starts drawing to an end. It's a fun challenge."
Arizona will open with rookie Chris Owings at shortstop. The Pacific Coast League player of the year last season beat out Didi Gregorius, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
Arizona, led by NL home run and RBIs leader Paul Goldschmidt, finished 81-81 for the second year in a row in a season slowed by injuries.
"We've already had two games under our belt, but the Giants are always a very good ballclub and play us tough," Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. "Hopefully the adrenalin will be flowing and McCarthy will have his A-game going."
Bochy doesn't expect the Diamondbacks to have any hangover from their Sydney sojourn.
"They've had time to recuperate and recover," Bochy said. "That's what they made sure of when they made they made this trip that they could come back. I don't see any difference playing them after going to Australia."
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:21:14 AM EST|