SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several of Gabe Kapler’s fellow managers are offering their support for his decision to avoid the field during the national anthem as a protest following the school shootings in southwestern Texas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The person spoke with The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been publicly announced.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft earned his first victory with six strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat San Francisco 5-1 Friday night following a political protest by Giants manager Gabe Kapler and a scuffle over fantasy football between Tommy Pham and Joc Pederson.
CINCINNATI (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest over the nation’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Manny Machado set a career high and matched a franchise record with four extra-base hits, and the surging San Diego Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Giants, beating San Francisco 10-1 on Sunday.
DENVER (AP) — San Francisco Giants infielder Tommy La Stella was reinstated Monday from the 10-day injured list and was slated to make his season debut at Colorado.
In other moves, the Giants transferred right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (right ankle inflammation) to the 60-day injured list and optioned outfielder Luis González to Triple-A Sacramento.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Houston Astros acquired utilityman Mauricio Dubón in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Dubón is batting .239 with two homers and eight RBIs in 21 games this season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Logan Webb pitched six strong innings and the San Francisco Giants won their sixth straight game, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Friday night.
Curt Casali hit his first homer of the season during a five-run burst in the eighth inning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Rodón matched his season high with 12 strikeouts in six innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Monday night.
Mauricio Dubón had three hits, including his second homer in three days, and drove in three runs as the Giants won their eighth straight against the Rockies dating to last season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jason Vosler homered and Darin Ruf had three hits for the San Francisco Giants, who were missing several players with COVID-19 but still beat the Washington Nationals 9-3 on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals pounded out a season-high 22 hits, ending an eight-game losing streak by beating the virus-ravaged San Francisco Giants 14-4 Friday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Luis González hit his first major league homer, a two-run drive with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the San Francisco Giants over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A six-run lead in the ninth inning wasn't enough for Giants manager Gabe Kapler, and the Nationals took exception.
With two outs in the top of the ninth on Friday night and San Francisco ahead 7-1, the Giants' Thairo Estrada took off on an 0-1 pitch and Brandon Crawford blooped a single over Washington shortstop Alcides Escobar, who grabbed the ball and threw out Estrada at the plate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Anthony DeSclafani on the 10-day injured list with right ankle inflammation Friday.
Manager Gabe Kapler made the announcement prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Nationals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson and San Diego Padres third base coach Mike Shildt hugged on the field before their game Wednesday, a day after Richardson was ejected following an incident that he said included Shildt making comments that had "undertones of racism."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken made major league history as the first female coach on the field in a regular-season game, and the Giants pounded the San Diego Padres 13-2 on Tuesday night.
The 31-year-old Nakken took over at first base in the third inning after Antoan Richardson got ejected.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Coming off a franchise-record 107 wins and a division crown, the San Francisco Giants will open the season with a bullpen stocked with experienced, proven relievers but without a designated closer.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A year ago, the San Francisco Giants were fueled by doubts from outside the organization that they could contend in the talented NL West.
They will be on everyone's radar now after winning a franchise-record 107 games and edging the rival Dodgers for a division crown on the season's final day, only to lose to Los Angeles in a thrilling five-game first-round playoff series.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants right-hander Logan Webb turned a heavy two-seam fastball and a new-found confidence into a breakout 2021 season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Calling the return to his hometown “surreal,” and sharing stories of growing up as a Giants fan, Joc Pederson officially joined the 2021 NL West champions on Thursday.
Pederson stood in front of his locker, and nodded to the one right next to it, labeled “Champ Pederson,” for his special needs brother.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Left-hander Alex Wood is staying with the San Francisco Giants, reaching agreement Wednesday on a $25 million, two-year contract.
He gives manager Gabe Kapler two starters named Alex in the rotation after Tuesday's addition of right-hander Alex Cobb on a $20 million, two-year contract with a club option for 2024.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani reached agreement Monday on a $36 million, three-year contract to remain with the San Francisco Giants.
DeSclafani emerged as a key member of manager Gabe Kapler's rotation during the NL West champion Giants' record-setting 107-win season, going a career-best 13-7 with 152 strikeouts and a 3.17 ERA over 31 starts.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash became the second skipper to win Manager of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, taking the American League award, and San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler won the NL honor.
For Kevin Cash, being mentioned in the same sentence with Bobby Cox is an honor.
“That’s wrong. I shouldn’t be," Cash said. "But saying that, it’s incredibly humbling. When you think about greats in our game, Bobby Cox is right there.”
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants manager Gabe Kapler has been rewarded with a new contract after a record-setting season during which San Francisco won a franchise-best 107 games and the NL West.
The extension announced Friday runs through the 2024 season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wilmer Flores swung — or he didn’t — and that was it. Last call for the San Francisco Giants.
A surprising and spectacular ride for the Giants came to a startling halt Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler repeatedly blew bubbles with his gum and popped them during his postseason managerial debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and oh does Dave Roberts remember his division counterpart doing that during their playing days in Double-A.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walker Buehler was set to start Tuesday night on three days’ rest for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.
Buehler was opposed by right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, making his first appearance this postseason.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evan Longoria powered a home run off Max Scherzer through fierce wind. Chris Taylor and pinch-hitter Gavin Lux fell short, putting the defending World Series champions on the brink of elimination.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto is not on the San Francisco Giants' roster for the NL Division Series as manager Gabe Kapler went with his established bullpen after the right-hander missed time through the season with elbow troubles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb will start for the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Friday night against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fellow right-hander and 14-game winner Kevin Gausman will go Saturday night in Game 2 for the NL West champions, having thrived lately with a little extra rest — something that factored into manager Gabe Kapler's decision when he felt equally confident in both pitchers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fresh off an NL West crown that took 107 wins for the Giants to 106 by the Dodgers, Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey couldn't help but envision a potentially epic playoff matchup against rival Los Angeles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford made a diving lunge to his left to stop a sharp grounder by Dominic Smith of the Mets, then flipped the ball to Kris Bryant at second base as the shortstop’s momentum kept him rolling in the dirt for the force out, preserving a 1-1 game in the ninth inning of an eventual extra-innings loss.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood and three relievers combined for a four-hitter for San Francisco, Kris Bryant hit a sacrifice fly and the Giants reached 104 wins for the first time since 1905 by beating the woeful Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s been five years since Brandon Belt got to toast a playoff berth, so the Giants first baseman was admittedly out of practice when the champagne started to flow in San Francisco’s clubhouse.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants became the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot this season, hitting four home runs to beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Monday night for their season-high eighth consecutive victory.
CHICAGO (AP) — Tommy La Stella and Brandon Belt each hit three-run homers, and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Chicago Cubs 15-4 on Saturday for their sixth straight win.
La Stella finished with three hits, including a double, five RBIs and scored three runs for surging San Francisco, which improved to a major-league best 92-50.
DENVER (AP) — LaMonte Wade Jr. and Evan Longoria each had two RBIs during a four-run rally in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday.
The streaking Giants (90-50) won their fourth straight and became the first team in the majors to win 90 games.
DENVER (AP) — The San Francisco Giants got to Denver late and woke up early. They had just played an intense series against a longtime rival, so a letdown in Colorado would have been excusable.
With the division lead on the line, they had plenty of energy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thairo Estrada hit a three-run homer during San Francisco's four-run eighth inning, and the Giants beat the Brewers 5-1 on Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.
A day after falling out of first place for the first time since May 30, the Giants (85-49) moved into a tie atop the NL West with the idle Los Angeles Dodgers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are suddenly in second place, and the defending World Series champion Dodgers are atop the National League ahead of a weekend visit to the Bay Area.
Sure looks like September is going to be wild out West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lorenzo Cain homered and added an RBI single, and the Milwaukee Brewers won their second straight over San Francisco, beating the Giants 6-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Johnny Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start for San Francisco on Monday night against Milwaukee because of cold and flu-like symptoms, while fellow Giants starter Alex Wood tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing symptoms.
ATLANTA (AP) — All-Star catcher Buster Posey has returned to the San Francisco Giants' lineup after missing two games with discomfort in his left knee.
Posey started Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.
NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday and will be sidelined for at least 10 days.
Following a 3-2 victory over the Mets, manager Gabe Kapler revealed that Solano felt cold-like symptoms earlier in the day.
NEW YORK (AP) — With the best record in the majors, the surprising San Francisco Giants have been meeting challenges all season.
Their trip to New York was no different.
Kris Bryant launched an early two-run homer, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf broke an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single and San Francisco beat the plummeting Mets 3-2 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
NEW YORK (AP) — Five double plays and a timely hit from Brandon Crawford saved the major league-leading San Francisco Giants in one of their sloppiest games of the season.
Still, they needed a little extra from closer Jake McGee against slugger Pete Alonso to turn it all into a victory.