The Giants aren’t ruling out the possibility of a reunion with Tim Lincecum following the 2015 season, CEO Larry Baer and manager Bruce Bochy told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I don’t think Timmy is ruling it out, and I don’t think we’re ruling it out,” said Baer. Bochy added: “My door will always be open for Tim Lincecum. That’s how much I think of him. That’s a decision that’s made on the baseball side, obviously with everybody. I appreciate what he’s done and the time I’ve had to this point with him. It doesn’t mean that won’t continue.” Baer called Lincecum’s contributions to the Giants franchise “endless.” The 31-year-old underwent season-ending hip surgery yesterday that will require about five months of recovery time. A free agent at season’s end, it’s possible that Lincecum’s days with the Giants are done. Elsewhere in the division… Padres outfielder Wil Myers spoke with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick about the frustration of the past two season’s wrist injuries and the accumulation of the “injury-prone” reputation that’s now become attached to his name
Boog Powell doesn’t hit many home runs, but that’s not to say he’s without power. The Rays No. 13 prospect enjoyed arguably the best offensive performance of his career Thursday, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs in Triple-A Durham’s loss to Charlotte.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez made a remarkable, Gold Glove Award play by sliding feet first and snaring the baseball just in front of the dugout railing to help reliever Chris Young escape a fifth-inning jam against the Tigers on Thursday night.
After scoring 12 runs the previous night, the Royals came back to batter the Tigers’ pitching staff again on Thursday in a marathon 15-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.
“It’s uphill time,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It comes down to us having to win games. We had a tough series in Los Angeles. It’s not what we wanted, but it is what happened. There’s enough baseball left.”
Ryan Braun became the 31st player in Major League history to post at least four seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases when he swiped second in the fifth inning of Thursday night’s 5-3 win over the Pirates. It put him in scoring position for Khris Davis’ go-ahead double as the Brewers finished their second three-game sweep of the postseason-bound Pirates since the All-Star break.
With his team down 4-0 in the top of the third, Ryan Vogelsong drove the first pitch he saw from Chris Rusin into the Rockies’ bullpen for a two-run shot, notching his first career home run in 11 big league seasons.