Pence helps Giants hurt Rox's Wild Card hopes

September 20, 2017

With the score tied, 3-3, Pablo Sandoval opened the Giants’ ninth with an infield single off reliever Chris Rusin and was replaced by pinch-runner Orlando Calixte. Ryder Jones‘ subsequent sacrifice-bunt attempt eluded third baseman Nolan Arenado before Rusin grabbed the ball but threw wide to first base. Jones was safe and received credit for a single. “I don’t think you intentionally try and squeeze it between the pitcher and the…

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Melancon plans to return strong next season

September 20, 2017

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Melancon will regain the responsibility of protecting ninth-inning leads, though Sam Dyson entered Tuesday’s Giants-Rockies series opener with 13 saves in 14 chances. “I haven’t sat down and talked to [Melancon]. I don’t think I really need to,” Bochy said. “He’s going to know what his role is going to be. Right now, the focus is on getting him healthy.” My transformation to a human…

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Hundley's impact could carry over to next year

September 18, 2017

“It’s been outstanding having him here,” reliever Cory Gearrin said of Hundley. “We’re honestly really spoiled,” Gearrin added. “I can’t think of anybody in baseball who has two quality catchers like us. They continue to learn from one another. That’s been an exciting thing. They’re both incredibly accomplished.” That 1-2 punch could translate over to next season, too. Hundley said playing alongside Posey — “the best catcher in the world”…

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Sandoval homers as righty for 1st time since '14

September 18, 2017

He hit a solo home run in the sixth, his first batting right-handed since Aug. 2014, and added a single in the second. The homer, which had an exit velocity of 108 mph by Statcast™, was the hardest-hit ball in the game overall. Coincidentally, Ryan Vogelsong was atop the mound the last time Sandoval homered from the right side. The Giants honored Vogelsong with a pregame ceremony as the 40-year-old…

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Bumgarner edged by Greinke's dominance

September 17, 2017

Greinke, who also hit two doubles, struck out eight and walked one, giving him a game score of 90. It’s just the second time in his career that he’s had a game score of 90 or higher, with the other time being when he had a 91 on July 13, 2013. “I felt good, [but] location was probably the better part about it, and I mixed it up really good,”…

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Moore happy he'll return to Giants in 2018

September 17, 2017

“It makes me very happy. … It definitely did take me by surprise,” Moore said. “It was something cool to kind of see because it’s probably a month and a half before they even have to do anything.” The news of Moore’s 2018 status came when general manager Bobby Evans told the Los Angeles Times: “We’ll pick up his option.” “It’s a big tip of confidence coming my way from…

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Niners expected to retain Katie Sowers as full-time coach

The NFL could have a full-time female assistant coach on the staff of one of its clubs for the second straight season. Katie Sowers, a summer intern helping coach receivers for the San Francisco 49ers, is expected to remain on staff for the 2017 season, according to NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan. The team has not made an official announcement regarding Sowers’ role on the staff. The Mercury News’ Cam Inman…

August 13, 2017
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Niners to retain Katie Sowers as full-time coach

The NFL is set to have a full-time female assistant coach on the staff of one of its clubs for the second straight season. Katie Sowers, a summer intern helping coach receivers for the San Francisco 49ers, will remain on staff for the 2017 season, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Tuesday. The Mercury News’ Cam Inman first reported the news. Sowers broke into the league as an intern with the…

August 13, 2017
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Jeff Garcia: Brian Hoyer can thrive in San Francisco

Kyle Shanahan’s presence in San Francisco brings hope to an offense that scored fewer points than all but five teams in the league last season. The question is whether one of the most creative play-callers league-wide can turn Brian Hoyer into more than a milquetoast journeyman floating through the Bay Area. At least one former Niners star passer believes that’s exactly what Shanahan will do. “When he stepped on the…

August 10, 2017
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Jeff Garcia: Brian Hoyer can thrive with 49ers

Kyle Shanahan’s presence in San Francisco brings hope to an offense that scored fewer points than all but five teams in the league last season. The question is whether one of the most creative play-callers league-wide can turn Brian Hoyer into more than a milquetoast journeyman floating through the Bay Area. At least one former Niners star passer believes that’s exactly what Shanahan will do. “When he stepped on the…

August 10, 2017
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