1. Sometimes Game Calls For Going Against "The Book" Directly To Closer

    No beef with how Bruce Bochy handled the decision to remove Barry Zito after he walked a batter Sunday in the eighth inning. None. Bochy played it by the book and went to his young, gifted right-handed set-up guy Sergio Romo...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 141 reads 10 comments

  2. 2010 NFL Draft: If the San Francisco 49ers Draft a QB, Make It Tim Tebow

    (Writer's Note: This story was written Saturday, April 17. Since the story was published, sources close to the 49ers have confirmed to members of the media that the club is considering drafting Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen with the No...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 4,278 reads 107 comments

  3. C'mon! Kids Don't Need Congress Chewing Tobacco Ban Plan

    I'd never smoked a cigarette or marijuana. I rarely even had a beer. It was 1973 and, for whatever reason, I wasn't one of those high school kids who chasing the next little buzz or that elusive high...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 2,260 reads 20 comments

  4. San Francisco Giants Own the Bay Area So...How About the Sacramento Athletics?

    Look, the Oakland Athletics can't get half the number of fans to create one-quarter the amount of buzz that the San Francisco Giants get in the Bay Area...

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  5. San Francisco Giants: Defense Struggled, but Tag Loss on Bruce Bochy

    The baseball season is 162 games long, so some losses just have to be written off and filed away in a folder tagged "Stuff Happens." The San Francisco Giants' 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday wasn't one of those games...

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  6. Buster Posey Plays First Base for Fresno Grizzlies: He's on His Way to Giants

    The San Francisco Giants sent Buster Posey to the minor leagues insisting that the youngster needed to be behind the plate every day in order to continue his growth as a catcher...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 5,158 reads 35 comments

  7. Minor Leagues: Posey's hitting .538 at Fresno; Bumgarner Rocked

    Madison Bumgarner had the worst outing of his professional career on Friday night as the Reno Aces beat the Fresno Grizzlies, 8-5, in Pacific Coast League Class AAA play on Friday. Catcher Buster Posey couldn't be much hotter at Fresno, hitting ...

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  8. San Francisco Giants 4-0 Start Shows They're Hot, Flaws or Not

    Anyone who has suffered through the downturn in the San Francisco Giants fortunes, then survived a surprise playoff run in 2009, isn't about to start picking at nits after the club's 4-0 start this week...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 391 reads 12 comments

  9. Masters Saturday Tee Times: Odds On Lefty-Tiger Sunday Showdown

    Augusta, GA—It's not like Saturday's pairings could lead to an historic final round on the Masters on Sunday at Augusta National or anything. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are in a pack of players tied at 6-under, 138...

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  10. Buster Posey Stars in Fresno Loss, Kid Shorstop Hits in San Jose

    June can't come soon enough for San Francisco Giants fans. Catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the Fresno Grizzlies opener on Thursday on the road in a 5-4 Pacific Coast League loss at Reno in extra innings...

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  11. There's a Reason They Play the Games: NL West Look Has Changed

    It made sense. And, it was true. So, it just didn’t seem like one of those observations that would give the wildly-opinionated fans who wait in the weeds, or on line four to talk to Jim Rome, reason to lash out...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 2,251 reads 20 comments

  12. Barry Zito's Establishing Pattern Shown in Six Scoreless Against Houston Astros

    Barry Zito’s six scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros fit the profile the once-brilliant left-hander has slowly established in rebuilding himself after two horrendous seasons with the San Francisco Giants...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 1,074 reads 4 comments

  13. Guillermo Mota, Eugenio Velez, and the New Right Fielder: Thoughts on '10 Giants

    Some thoughts on the San Francisco Giants Opening Day roster… …Can’t wait for Guillermo Mota to drill somebody—and the chaos that will ensue...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 254 reads 12 comments

  14. Duke's Men Will Win; Griner To Take UConn Women Down

    Duke's men proved their mettle in the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils took on Baylor in the Bears' home state of Texas. A giant, pro-Baylor crowd helped the Bears' ride a surge of emotion to take a lead in the first half...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 359 reads 44 comments

  15. Don't Panic, the Giants' 9-0 Loss Simply a Worst-Case Scenario

    It's just a spring training game in a big league ball park. Doesn't mean a thing. Nothing. Zero. Nada. The Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0, on a chilly night in front of sparse crowd at AT&T Park Thursday...

    Ted Sillanpaa Written by Ted Sillanpaa about over 4 years ago 430 reads 16 comments

  16. Forget Tweets, Page Hits -- Giants Just Flawed Team That Can Win NL West

    Back when media types made a nice living just writing about the game, rather than fighting for survival by trying to attract readers, we reached this point a great deal earlier in the spring...

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  17. CBS Hopes Most Despised Blue Devils Are Playing Monday

    Oh, you think that CBS is rooting for a certain traditional NCAA men's basketball powerhouse to win on Saturday and play for the national championship on Monday night? The network ...

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  18. "Giants: Past & Present" Will Be a Hit with the Faithful

    The new coffee table book, Giants: Past & Present , is aimed directly at longtime fans of the New York and now San Francisco Giants...

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  19. How Much Can San Francisco 49ers Pay for Passers Like Donovan McNabb?

    There's no question that the acquisition of Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb would represent an incredible upgrade over Alex Smith, David Carr, and Nate Davis. McNabb's a proven star...

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  20. Duke-Baylor: ESPN's Stuart Scott Makes Absurd Assertion

    There are some things we can count on after all. Duke’s back in the men’s Final Four. ESPN had a North Carolina grad anchoring Sunday’s prime-time SportsCenter and ...

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  21. Six Reasons Ya Gotta Love These Blue Devils (Even if You Hate Them...)

    People hate Duke's men's basketball team without even being able to explain why they hate the Blue Devils. It's unfortunate, really, because they are really a good bunch.....

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  22. San Francisco Giants Must Change To Turn Spring Dreams into Summer Miracles

    There was something to be said for growing up in the 1960s and only being able to hear San Francisco Giants exhibition games on my transistor radio...

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  23. Donovan McNabb in Oakland? It's a Fantasy

    The Oakland Raiders might be interested in acquiring Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles, but folks are quick to point out the improbability of such a deal. To check out my article about this on bayareasportsreport...

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  24. When Considering Buster Posey's Best Plan, Use the Joe Mauer Model

    It only seems like Buster Posey has become the center of the San Francisco Giants' universe. No. No. Wait.....

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  25. Lewis Fills Giants' Specific Needs

    Fans and members of the media are lining up to kick dirt on Fred Lewis as he appears all but certain to be sent packing by the San Francisco Giants. Wait. I was one of the people kicking dirt on Fast Freddie...

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