July 27: Pirates (43-55) @ Giants (52-46); Sanchez scratched with sore left knee

First, to all those who emailed expressing your concerns for my life after I almost got nailed with a foul ball yesterday, thank you. I’m doing just fine despite the fact that the Arizona press box now has a permanent dent directly behind where I was sitting for Sunday’s game. I made sure Andrew McCutchen (who lasered the ball into the press box) wasn’t upset at anything I wrote and he promised that we’re cool. Since the computer and my head survived unscathed, it’s just nothing more than a good story now.

This is my first trip to San Francisco, as a baseball writer or tourist. Somehow I’ve always missed this trip in my past years on the beat. After getting some pregame stuff done, I’m going to take a walk around the ballpark and shoot some photos. I’ll bring those to you tomorrow so those of you who haven’t been out here before can get a look.

My first impression is that the inside looks neater on TV than in person. However, I’ll save my final critique until after I venture around. The outside, however, is beautiful and may be my favorite ballpark exterior anywhere. Gorgeous red brick.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Freddy Sanchez was scratched because of nagging soreness in his left knee. “It’s a little sore and tender,” Sanchez said as he pointed to the brace he was wearing. He’s listed as day to day. Delwyn Young was inserted into Sanchez’s spot in the lineup and in the field.
  • Assuming Sanchez does not make a plate appearance on Monday, he’ll enter Tuesday on pace for 625 plate appearances this year. Why’s that of any significance? Remember, Sanchez’s $8 million option for 2010 becomes automatic if he reaches 600 plate appearances. He needs to remain off the DL, it looks like, in order to reach that figure.
  • Condolences to third base coach Tony Beasley, whose father just passed away. Beasley had been away from the team since Wednesday to be with his father and had rejoined the club here in San Fransisco. He is leaving later on Monday night to return to his family.
  • Despite manager John Russell’s campaigning, Garrett Jones was not named the National League’s Player of the Week for his offensive showing last week. Jones (.464 average, three homers, six RBIs) was passed over for Los Angeles’ Andre Ethier. Ethier hit .545 last week with two homers, six RBIs and 23 total bases. Jones very well could be in line to take home Rookie of the Month and/or Player of the Month honors, however, and those awards will be announced next week.
  • Russell went from a “yeah” to a non-committal answer on Monday when asked if Virgil Vasquez will make his next scheduled start. Russell’s response: “Yeah. He’s still here. Like I said, it’s early. We have some time to piece it together. But as of now, yeah.” 
  • The Cubs are looking hard for left-handed relief help and are believed to have John Grabow and Joe Beimel on their radar. Grabow, as has been well documented here, is set to be a free agent after this season and no attempts have been made by the organization to sign him to any extension.
  • Pedro Alvarez has hit .357 in his last 11 games to raise his average in Double-A to .283. He has a total of 20 home runs in the Minors this season.
  • The Pirates have won 10 of their last 14 games played against the Giants.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Steve Pearce (1B)
  6. Brandon Moss (LF)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

Giants lineup:

  1. Andes Torres (CF)
  2. Randy Winn (RF)
  3. Pablo Sandoval (3B)
  4. Bengie Molina (C)
  5. Edgar Renteria (SS)
  6. Jesus Guzman (1B)
  7. Eugenio Velez (LF)
  8. Juan Uribe (2B)
  9. Tim Lincecum (RHP)

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1 Comment

Excellent take on AT&T Park – definitely expected it to be cooler on the inside than it is. Still very nice though.

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