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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
Bruce Bochy has two World Series championships to his name and is among baseball managers' elder statesmen.
And he vows to change in 2014.
Look for a little less kinder and a little less gentler manager.
"I'm working on ways we can make this ballclub better, including being more demanding on fundamentals, the things that have gone wrong this year offensively and defensively," Bochy said. "It's up to me to be more demanding."
Coming off a second championship in three years, the Giants fell flat in 2013 and are trying to avoid finishing in the NL West cellar.
Fundamentals have been an issue. The Giants have not done the little things. The defense took a massive step backward, and the situational hitting wasn't good. The pitching, the backbone of the two titles, wasn't nearly as steady.
"You have to remind each other and the players that every pitch counts, whether you're on defense or offense," Bochy said. "That's what this club has been good at because that's how we have to play. There have been some games where a productive out could have made a difference, executing a bunt. We've had plays in the outfield where guys have drifted."
Most of the core will return next year. The biggest free agents are Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez, and the Giants say they want them all back. Either way, the team will have a new look if a more demanding Bochy has his way, and the manager hopes better results will be the result.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 7-3
NEXT: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 10-13, 4.40) at Yankees (CC Sabathia 13-13, 4.90)
--RHP Tim Lincecum will look to extend his late-season winning streak when he takes the mound Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Lincecum extended his winning streak to four last Saturday, when he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings as the Giants routed the Dodgers 19-3. Lincecum has a 3.77 ERA in five starts since his last loss on Aug. 19. Lincecum will be making his first career appearance against the Yankees, who are one of just four teams he has never faced. He is 8-9 with a 4.10 ERA in 22 career interleague starts, including 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA in four starts this year.
--SS Ehire Adrianza made his first major league start Thursday, batting eighth and going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Giants' 2-1 win over the Mets. Adrianza beat out a potential double-play grounder to extend the fourth inning and bring home Joaquin Arias with what proved to be the decisive run. He singled in the sixth for his second career hit. Adrianza was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sept. 3 and is hitting .286 with two RBI in seven at-bats.
--OF Juan Perez made his homecoming a memorable one Thursday, when the New York native went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Giants' 2-1 win over the Mets. Perez, who was playing in front of about 10 family members and friends, singled in the second, singled home the Giants' first run in the fourth, walked in the sixth and singled again in the ninth. He is hitting .246 with five RBI and two stolen bases in 65 at-bats for the Giants this year.
--LHP Javier Lopez recorded his first save of the season Thursday, when he retired the only two batters he faced in the ninth inning to close out the Giants' 2-1 win over the Mets. Lopez came on after Santiago Casilla walked leadoff batter Matt den Dekker. Lopez then retired Lucas Duda on a fly-out to center and struck out Anthony Recker. It was the 13th career save for Lopez and his first since Sept. 11, 2012. He is 3-2 with a 1.63 ERA in 67 games.
--LHP Madison Bumgarner continued his impressive finishing kick Thursday, when he earned the win after allowing one run on four hits and three walks over seven innings in leading the Giants past the Mets 2-1. Bumgarner struck out 10 -- the fifth time this season he has reached double digits in strikeouts and the 13th time in his career. He set a career high with 199 strikeouts. He also exceeded 200 innings pitched for the third straight year. Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 25 innings over four September starts.
--RHP Matt Cain joined some impressive company Wednesday night, when he joined Hall of Famers Juan Marichal (1962-1969) and Gaylord Perry (1964-1971) as the only pitchers in franchise history to strike out at least 150 batters in eight straight years. Cain has 1,402 strikeouts in 1,667 2/3 innings since 2006. Marichal had 1,658 strikeouts in 2,283 1/3 innings during his seven-year run while Perry had 1,534 strikeouts in 2,175 1/3 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm working on ways we can make this ballclub better, including being more demanding on fundamentals, the things that have gone wrong this year offensively and defensively. It's up to me to be more demanding." -- Manager Bruce Bochy.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - ROSTER REPORT
--LHP Jeremy Affeldt (sore left groin) returned from the disabled list Sept. 12. He pitched that day but hasn't appeared since. He's unlikely to pitch again this season.
--2B Marco Scutaro (lower back soreness, sore left ring finger) left the Sept. 15 game, and he didn't play Sept. 16-18. He might return during the weekend of Sept. 20-22.
--RHP Chad Gaudin (carpal tunnel syndrome on right side) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 17. He threw a simulated game Sept. 9. He threw a simulated game Sept. 13, and he could be activated in mid-September.
--OF Andres Torres (left Achilles strain) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 30. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 28 to have bone spurs removed.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Yusmeiro Petit
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jose Mijares
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP Sandy Rosario
RHP Santiago Casilla
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
RHP Guillermo Moscoso
RHP Jean Machi
LHP Mike Kickham
RHP Heath Hembree
RHP Jake Dunning
RHP George Kontos
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Tony Abreu
INF Nick Noonan
INF Ehire Adrianza
LF Gregor Blanco
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
OF/INF Brett Pill
OF Roger Kieschnick
OF Juan Perez
OF Francisco Peguero