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Not surprisingly, Giants aren't showing much pop
Home runs figure to be endangered species this season
By Daniel Brown
Mercury News

PEORIA, Ariz. - The franchise that popularized "Bye, Bye Baby" might have to revise the catch phrase for 2008:

"Bye, Bye - Maybe?"

The Giants' anticipated power drought has been just as expected this spring as they went homerless again Thursday during a 3-3, 10-inning tie against the Seattle Mariners.

The Giants have just 11 home runs in 594 at-bats during Cactus League play.

No Giants player has hit more than one.

In all, only four major league teams have fewer homers than the Giants: Toronto (6), Seattle (9), Atlanta (9) and Baltimore (10).

Get used to it, Manager Bruce Bochy said, because by design the Giants must do other things to score runs in 2008.

"We know it," said Bochy, whose team has been outscored 138-81 this spring. "We're still going to have to get the occasional double to drive home runs. Some of the guys are starting to swing the bat well."

Bochy noted that regulars Randy Winn (.375), Ray Durham (.387) and Bengie Molina (.444) have come on strong at the plate.

The Giants also entered play Thursday tied for the Cactus League lead with 18 stolen bases.

Maybe that's the team's new philosophy: Fly, Fly Baby.

• Infielder Kevin Frandsen left the game as a precaution after being hit in the helmet by a pitch in the seventh inning.

A knuckleball from the Mariners' R.A. Dickey caught Frandsen on the top of the head, sending the hitter sprawling to the ground. He sat near home plate collecting himself as Bochy and trainers Dave Groeschner and Mark Gruesbeck ran out to check on him.
"He's fine," Bochy said. "If it was a regular-season game, he would have stayed in."

• Catcher Guillermo Rodriguez, who has missed most of the exhibition season because of a hip pointer, threw out two runners trying to steal in the bottom of the ninth. He nailed Jeremy Reed for the second out, then got Juan Diaz for out No. 3.

"That was big," Bochy said. "The game is on the line there and he makes two perfect throws."

The throw to get Diaz was so strong and accurate that Rodriguez started trotting off the field while the ball was still in flight, like a basketball player who knows the shot is good and heads back to play defense.

• Ichiro Suzuki led off the bottom of the first with an infield single against Kevin Correia. It was Suzuki's first hit of spring. He had been 0 for 21.

"I knew that coming in," Correia said. "People were joking with me. I said, 'This guy gets 300 hits a year, hasn't gotten a hit yet - and I've got to face him tomorrow?' "

Correia said his teammates guaranteed him Suzuki would break through with an infield single. That's what happened as Suzuki hit a ball to the right side and just beat the throw to Correia covering first.

"He can run," the pitcher said. "He deserves those hits."

• Frandsen started at third base, where he had played just nine innings this spring. Frandsen turned a nice diving stop into a fielder's choice to take a hit away from Suzuki in the second inning.

The Giants' leader at third base this spring is Rich Aurilia, who has 35 innings.

• Left-hander Steve Kline, rebounding from a slow start, struck out two during a perfect fifth. He was part of a bullpen that combined for seven shutout innings.

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Soooooo glad Winn & RayRay are off to a nice start =D

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Re: Not surprisingly, Giants aren't showing much pop


No way!

Omar will have 45 jacks this season!!!

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This begs the question... if our vets are off to a nice start (which they are) and somehow stay hot until the ASB (who knows?) and SOMEHOW we are only a few games out........

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You know where I'm going with this, don't you?

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................... would Sabes be a facking idiot and NOT trade these guys, thinking we could contend????

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Not only that...

a 2 yr extension could be in the future

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quote:

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.... would Sabes be a facking idiot and NOT trade these guys, thinking we could contend????

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I have no doubts in Sabean's incompetence. If all goes well with the old men, he'll trade away a couple pitchers for a "bat."

This is the guy traded FOR Hillenbrand in 2006 and held onto Jason Schmidt, Moises Alou and Ray Durham at the deadline (while all three were having good years). He cannot recognize a non-contender.

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