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MLB: San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
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Reports: Mariners land C Curt Casali from Giants

August 2, 2022, 9:17 PM

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The San Francisco Giants traded backup catcher Curt Casali to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Michael Stryffeler, according to multiple reports.

Casali, 33, is currently on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 oblique strain. He last played July 4.

It was Casali's second season with the Giants after four with the Tampa Bay Rays (2014-17) and three with the Cincinnati Reds (2018-20). Before his injury, he was batting .231 with four home runs and 14 RBIs across 41 games.

Casali is a lifetime .227 hitter with 46 career home runs, 55 doubles and 145 RBIs over 446 games.

Stryffeler, 26, reached Double-A Arkansas last year and is 4-8 at that level with a 2.17 ERA and 128 strikeouts over 78 2/3 innings in two seasons.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
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Reports: Mets acquire OF/1B Darin Ruf from Giants

August 2, 2022, 8:15 PM

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The New York Mets acquired outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for third baseman J.D. Davis and prospects, multiple outlets reported.

The Giants will receive three other players in return, in addition to Davis. According to the New York Post, the Giants also will receive left-hander Thomas Szapucki, along with Class-A pitchers Nick Zwack and Carson Seymour.

Ruf, 36, has 11 home runs with 38 RBIs in 90 games this season, batting .216 with a .701 OPS. He returns to the National League East after playing his first five seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He has played 36 games at first base and 30 in the outfield this season.

Davis, 29, is batting .238 with four home runs and 21 RBIs this season and is a .266 hitter with 42 home runs and 132 RBIs in 401 games over six seasons with the Houston Astros and Mets. Davis gives the Giants coverage at third base while Evan Longoria is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain.

Szapucki, 26, has pitched in two games for the Mets over the past two seasons.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
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Former All-Star OF Matt Joyce retires after 14 seasons

August 1, 2022, 6:07 PM

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Former All-Star outfielder Matt Joyce announced his retirement Monday after 14 seasons.

Joyce, who turns 38 on Wednesday, posted 149 home runs, 503 RBIs and 898 hits in 1,400 games with eight teams.

He has not played this season and was limited to 43 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2021 due to injuries.

Joyce played six seasons with his hometown Tampa Bay Rays, making the American League All-Star team in 2011.

"As a young kid growing up in Tampa, I always dreamt of playing in MLB," Joyce said in a statement. "Now after 14 big league seasons of experiencing some of the highest highs and lowest lows, I can leave the sport with my head high knowing I gave it everything I had."

Joyce was a career .242/.342/.425 hitter with the Detroit Tigers (2008), Rays (2009-14), Los Angeles Angels (2015), Pittsburgh Pirates (2016), Oakland Athletics (2017-18), Atlanta Braves (2019), Miami Marlins (2020) and Phillies.

He reached the postseason five times.

--Field Level Media

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Giants acquire INF Dixon Machado from Cubs

July 31, 2022, 8:33 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Dixon Machado from the Chicago Cubs on Sunday in exchange for right-hander Raynel Espinal.

Machado, 30, last appeared in a major league game in 2018 with the Detroit Tigers. He was batting .312 with two home runs and 31 RBIs in 86 games for Triple-A Iowa this season. He played the 2020 and 2021 seasons in Japan.

In 172 games with the Tigers from 2015-18, Machado batted .227 with a .579 OPS and two home runs with 37 RBIs.

Espinal, 30, has just one game of major league experience, with the Boston Red Sox last season. He is 5-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) at Triple-A Sacramento this season.

Also, infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry reported to the Cubs after recently being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs optioned first baseman/outfielder Alfonso Rivas to Iowa.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
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Giants OF Joc Pederson placed on 7-day concussion list

July 30, 2022, 1:54 AM

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The San Francisco Giants placed All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson on the seven-day concussion list prior to Friday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Pederson was injured one night earlier when he banged his head into the left-field wall in the seventh inning while trying to catch a two-run homer by Patrick Wisdom of the Cubs.

Pederson appeared dazed in left field after the collision and was removed from the game.

"Right when I ran into the wall, my head instantly started hurting," Pederson said on Friday. "Then I got a headache, so I kind of knew something was up."

Pederson said this in his second career concussion. He sustained one in 2017 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers when he collided in the outfield with Yasiel Puig.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler the club will play close attention to Pederson over the coming days.

"Any time you have multiple concussions over any period of time, I think you begin to take them more and more seriously," Kapler said before Friday's game. "This doesn't mean that we have any specific long-term concerns for Joc."

The 30-year-old Pederson is batting .242 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 87 games. He was on the National League All-Star team earlier this month for the second time in his nine-year career.

Pederson has 165 career homers, 407 RBIs and a .233 batting average in 972 games with the Dodgers (2014-20), Cubs (2021), Atlanta Braves (2021) and Giants.

San Francisco recalled infielder Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move. Vosler, 28, batted .268 with four homers and eight RBIs in 19 games with the Giants earlier this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants
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Giants send 3B Evan Longoria back to IL with hamstring strain

July 24, 2022, 6:45 PM

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The San Francisco Giants placed third baseman Evan Longoria on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a strained right hamstring and recalled right-hander Gregory Santos from Triple-A Sacramento.

Longoria, 36, was injured in the fourth inning of Saturday's road game against the Los Angeles Dodgers while running out a ground ball. He was immediately removed from the game and replaced by David Villar. Longoria had just returned from an oblique strain and was in his fifth game back.

Longoria is batting .243 with a .791 OPS in 49 games for the Giants this season, adding nine home runs and 19 RBIs.

In 15 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2008-17) and Giants, the former American League Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star is batting .266 with an .807 OPS, along with 326 home runs and 1,108 RBIs over 1,872 games.

Santos, 22, has just four games of major league experience, with one of those earlier this season with the Giants. He has a 3.42 ERA over 25 appearances (two starts) in the minor leagues this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Wildcard-St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres
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Giants sign former All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal

July 22, 2022, 2:29 AM

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The San Francisco Giants signed former All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal, who has not pitched in a major league game since 2020.

The team announced the deal Thursday, with multiple outlets reporting the agreement to be a one-year, $4.5 million prorated contract. Rosenthal also will have a chance to earn up to $2 million more based on the number of appearances and games finished.

The team immediately placed him on the 15-day injured list with a strained left hamstring, and manager Gabe Kapler said the right-hander remains "several weeks away" from potentially being ready to pitch for the Giants.

Rosenthal, 32, was one of baseball's most feared closers before being plagued by injuries and inconsistency over the last half-decade. Originally a 21st-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009, he burst onto the big-league scene in 2012, often throwing 100 mph fastballs out of the bullpen.

In his first full season in 2013, Rosenthal ranked third among relievers with 108 strikeouts and earned his first three saves as the Cardinals eventually won the World Series. By 2014, he was closing games for St. Louis and ranked fourth with 45 saves, then topped it by notching a club-record 48 (second in the majors) in his lone All-Star campaign in 2015.

Rosenthal had bouts with lack of control in 2016, when he was moved in and out of the closer role and his ERA jumped to 4.46 from 2.10 the previous season. In 2017, he regained the job later in the season but then suffered a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, sidelining him until 2019.

The Cardinals released Rosenthal in November 2017 and he spent the 2019-20 seasons with five franchises -- Washington, Detroit and the New York Yankees (minor league contract) in 2019, Kansas City and San Diego in 2020.

The veteran signed with Oakland before the 2021 season, but he never pitched after surgeries to repair thoracic outlet syndrome and a torn labrum in his hip. In parts of eight seasons of action, Rosenthal is 12-25 with a 3.36 ERA in 373 outings, all in relief.

Right-hander Mauricio Llovera (flexor strain) was shifted to the Giants' 60-day IL to make room for Rosenthal on the 40-man roster.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
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Giants acquire LHP Alex Young from Guardians for cash

July 18, 2022, 11:16 PM

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The San Francisco Giants traded for left-handed reliever Alex Young on Monday, sending cash considerations to the Cleveland Guardians.

Young, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Guardians, was immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

To make room on the Giants' 40-man roster, the team also outrighted left-hander Aaron Fletcher to Sacramento on Monday.

The 28-year-old Young has appeared in just one game this season, facing two batters in Game 1 of Cleveland's doubleheader on July 4 against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed one hit while striking out the other batter.

This marks Young's third organization in the past two seasons. Originally a second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, the TCU product began his career as a starter -- going 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 17 outings (15 starts) as a rookie in 2019. He split time between starting and relieving in 15 appearances in 2020 and his ERA rose to 5.44.

Young was waived and picked up by Cleveland last season. In four major league seasons, he is 11-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 73 games (24 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants
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Giants SS Brandon Crawford (knee) goes back on IL

July 17, 2022, 1:03 AM

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San Francisco Giants three-time All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford went back on the 10-day injured list on Saturday due to the same knee injury that previously led to an IL stint.

Crawford underwent an MRI exam on Saturday as the Giants attempt to find out why his left knee is once again causing troubles. He initially hurt the knee on June 21 against the Atlanta Braves when he awkwardly slid into home plate.

"It just hasn't been getting better," said Crawford, who missed eight games after being placed on the IL last month before being activated on July 5.

Crawford, 35, said the knee is bothering him on defense. The four-time Gold Glove winner has committed 11 errors in 70 games at shortstop this season after having just nine in 2021 in 135 appearances at the position.

Crawford's offense is also down greatly this season. He is batting just .215 with five homers and 33 RBIs was just 5-for-33 (.152) in nine games since his removal from the IL.

Last season, Crawford finished fourth in National League MVP balloting after establishing career bests of a .298 batting average, 24 homers and 90 RBIs.

San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said the IL move gives Crawford a better chance at getting healthy for a run down the stretch.

"We really want to get this thing right, so he can be the freshest, most athletic version of himself possible," Kapler said before Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. "Right now he's just still struggling with this thing not being right. It's hampered him."

The Giants also activated third baseman Evan Longoria (left oblique) and right-hander Jakob Junis (left hamstring) from the injured list and placed right-hander Mauricio Llovera (right flexor strain) on the IL.

Longoria, 36, is batting .242 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games. Junis, 29, is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts), and the 26-year-old Llovera has a 4.41 ERA in 17 appearances (one start).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees
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Rays acquire Christian Bethancourt from A's

July 9, 2022, 6:30 PM

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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired the versatile Christian Bethancourt from the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

The A's received Triple-A outfielder Cal Stevenson and Class A right-hander Christian Fernandez in exchange.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated right-hander David McKay for assignment.

Bethancourt, who has served as a catcher, first baseman and outfielder, is batting .249 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 56 games this season with Oakland.

The 30-year-old is a career .229 hitter with 12 homers and 65 RBIs in 217 games with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Athletics.

Stevenson, 25, is batting .265 with two homers and 17 RBIs this season with Durham.

Fernandez, 22, is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 games (eight starts) this season with Charleston.

McKay, 27, is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in three appearances this season split between the New York Yankees and Rays.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Cleveland Media Day
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Giants acquire RHP Tobias Myers from Guardians for cash

July 7, 2022, 6:36 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired right-hander Tobias Myers from the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for cash considerations on Thursday.

Myers, who turns 24 next month, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. He has not made his major league debut.

He went 1-9 with a 6.00 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Columbus this season before being designated for assignment by Cleveland on Saturday.

Originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2016, Myers is 32-25 with a 3.76 ERA in 98 games (86 starts) in the minors since 2016.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, San Francisco transferred right-hander Anthony DeSclafani to the 60-day injured list. He is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his right ankle next week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
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Athletics ace Frankie Montas (shoulder) exits vs. Mariners

July 3, 2022, 11:57 PM

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Oakland Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas exited Sunday's road game against the Seattle Mariners after one inning due to inflammation and tightness in the back of his pitching shoulder.

Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said after the contest that Montas' velocity was down. Kotsay said Montas "didn't feel like he could get fully extended."

The Athletics examined Montas in Seattle during the contest and will have him undergo further testing Monday after the team is back in Oakland.

"In that situation, we're gonna err on the side of caution," Kotsay said of pulling Montas. "... If he can't get extended and he doesn't have his velocity, there's no reason to leave him in a game."

Montas (3-9) has a poor record, but he is the Athletics' top hurler and is expected to be highly sought by teams leading into the trading deadline. He has a 3.26 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings over 17 starts this season.

Montas, 29, placed sixth in American League Cy Young Award voting last season when he went 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts. He struck out a career-high 207. The victories were also a career best.

Oakland lost 2-1 on Sunday. Montas was tagged with the loss as he allowed a leadoff homer in the first to Seattle rookie Julio Rodriguez.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
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Athletics activate OF Stephen Piscotty (calf) off IL

June 28, 2022, 8:14 PM

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The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees.

Piscotty hasn't played since May 6 due to a calf injury. He went 8-for-21 (.381) during a five-game rehab stint at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Piscotty batted .225 with one homer and three RBIs in 14 games prior to going on the IL.

The 31-year-old Piscotty is in his fifth season with the Athletics and eighth overall. He has 89 homers, 343 RBIs and a .258 average in 698 career games with the St. Louis Cardinals (2015-17) and Athletics.

Oakland created the roster opening by placing infielder Jonah Bride on the IL. The move was retroactive to Monday.

Bride, 26, injured his right shoulder while colliding with Chad Pinder in shallow right field during Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Bride is batting .220 with one RBI in 12 games for Oakland.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
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Giants place SS Brandon Crawford (knee) on IL

June 26, 2022, 7:07 PM

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The San Francisco Giants placed shortstop Brandon Crawford on the 10-day injured list Sunday with left knee inflammation.

To take Crawford's place on the active roster, the Giants recalled outfielder/catcher Yermin Mercedes from Triple-A Sacramento.

Crawford, 35, has been dealing with nagging injuries all season, with multiple reports indicating that manager Gabe Kapler does not expect the veteran's time away to last longer than the required 10 days. His IL move is retroactive to Saturday.

Crawford is batting .224 with a .663 OPS to go along with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 63 games this season. Over 12 major league seasons, all with the Giants, the three-time All-Star is batting .253 with a .725 OPS, 135 home runs and 684 RBIs.

Mercedes, 29, was selected off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on June 18. In 29 combined games at Triple-A this season, he was batting .233 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. In 69 career major league games, he is a .270 hitter with seven home runs and 37 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
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Rangers send Willie Calhoun to Giants for Steven Duggar

June 23, 2022, 6:06 PM

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The San Francisco Giants sent Steven Duggar to the Texas Rangers for Willie Calhoun and cash considerations Thursday in a swap of outfielders.

Duggar has been activated from the 60-day injured list. To make room for Duggar on the club's 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton has been designated for assignment. The Rangers will make another move to accommodate Duggar on the active 26-man roster when he reports to the club.

Calhoun, 27, had been outrighted to Triple-A after the Rangers designated him for assignment on June 5. The Giants would not need to add him to the 40-man roster if they choose to send him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Duggar's rehab assignment reached its 20-day limit Thursday. He strained an oblique on April 21. He was batting .194 with four RBIs in 12 games when he was injured. His roster spot on the Giants was given to Luis Gonzalez.

Duggar, 28, slashed .257/.330/.437 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in a career-high 107 games for the Giants in 2021. He's a career .242 hitter in five seasons, all with the Giants.

Calhoun hit .136 with a homer, two RBIs and seven runs in 18 games before getting DFA'd.

Calhoun was a touted prospect when the Rangers acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 as part of the Yu Darvish trade. In 2019, he played in 83 games and hit a career-high 21 home runs, batted .269 and scored 51 times.

--Field Level Media