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Scutaro decision much like Giants faced in 2011 with Huff

By TED SILLANPAA There’s no earthly reason to really be thinking about the world champion Giants’ 2013 season, but it appears some folks insist upon doing so. They’re wondering if the organization will pay to retain the services of second baseman Marco Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan. Given that the Giants kept the 2010 world championship in tact, built around a young pitching staff, there’s no reason to expect the organization to approach preparation for the upcoming season differently.… Read More »

Giants have to plan for World Series DH: Huff? Sandoval?

BY TED SILLANPAA The Giants’ lack run-producing bats on the bench becomes an issue now that they’ll be using the designated hitter against the Tigers when the World Series moves to Detroit. There’s no clear way for the club to best address the issue of filling the DH role. There are a few alternatives: 1. Use Pablo Sandoval as the designated hitter and benefit from the improved defense that Joaquin Arias provides at third base. The problem? How will the… Read More »

Huff on NLDS roster; Lincecum seems headed to pen

By TED SILLANPAA SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants will take 12 pitchers and veteran first baseman Aubrey Huff on the roster when the National League Division Series opens today against the Cincinnati Reds. Pitching coach Dave Righetti seemed to indicate that Tim Lincecum will be in the bullpen during the NLDS.  San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami reported that Righetti said Lincecum would be a key in the series “and it might not be just for one… Read More »