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Storylines: Giants dominate Pirates in wildcard matchup

Storylines: Giants dominate Pirates in wildcard matchup
Madison Bumgarner (Photo: AP)
October 2, 2014
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  • Just 24 hours earlier the world saw one of the best wildcard games to ever be played in MLB history. On Wednesday night, not so much. Madison Bumgarner was unhittable all game long as he got the four-hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bumgarner walked one batter and stuck out 10. The rout started in the fourth inning after Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam off of Edison Volquez. Brandon BeltHunter Pence and Buster Posey added to the score in later innings by getting four total RBI’s which put the game out of reach. The Pirates were never able to get it going as they struggled at the plate all night and failed to score any runners that were on base. The San Francisco Giants will go on to face the Washington Nationals with Game 1 on Friday night. 
  • Brandon Crawford is the first shortstop to ever hit a grand slam in the postseason.

Tribe News 

  • Sandy Alomar Jr. is one of the six candidates being considered for the vacant manager spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alomar has been with the Tribe since 2010.

Other News and Notes

  • According to Jane Lee of, Adam Dunn has said he will “probably” retire now that the A’s have been eliminated. Since coming into the league in 2001, Dunn has never had a postseason at-bat.
  • Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that former all-star third basemen Michael Young has joined the Texas Rangers front office. His position is unknown at this time.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Oakland Athletics are not going to stand pat this offseason.Josh Donaldson and Jeff Samardzija are two players that could possibly be moved.
  • Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are willing to stretch their payroll in order to retain catcher Russell Martin.
  • Paul White of USA Today reports that Miguel Cabrera refused to sign the paperwork that would give him his postseason bonus. He is quoted as saying, “I just want a ring.”

User Comments

October 5, 2014 - 8:07 AM EDT
How about Donaldson and Samardzija for Chiz, Ramirez, Salazar and someone like Naquin, Eric Gonzalez or one of the high ceiling high school outfielders?
Vic Venom
October 3, 2014 - 10:11 PM EDT
No to Adrian Beltre for the umpteenth time. Our luck we will do some "blockbuster" deal involving our best prospects for Beltre and he will turn out to be another Shawn Kemp for Cleveland.
October 3, 2014 - 12:02 AM EDT
I'm with Tony and prospect but Lindor is on the table for that guy. Chiz and J-Ram is a good start but I'd imagine we would have to put another high level guy in that trade i.e. Frazier, Zimmer, Lugo. That guy is an elite level third baseman, I'm honestly baffled as to why they would want to move him.
October 2, 2014 - 4:18 PM EDT
I wouldnt mind Beltre. He can still play decent defense at third and he can still hit the ball a mile. His numbers were down a bit but a change of scenery could always do wonders for a player.
October 2, 2014 - 9:28 AM EDT
donaldson would be excellent pick up and i do think chiz jram and mid level prospect would get it done. another advantage is donaldson can catch in an emergency. Nothing wrong with having 2 emergency catchers and yes i would love his defense at 3b and his right handed bat in the middle of the lineup. As much as i like chiz long term future donaldson is a stud now and RH.
Canadian Joe
October 2, 2014 - 8:34 AM EDT
Sure don't want to see Alomar leave. Manager in waiting. Think Alomar would be good.
October 2, 2014 - 8:31 AM EDT
I would have no problem with getting Donaldson. He is under control for four more years and would add the offense and defense the Indians want at third base - plus he hits right-handed. He'd cost a lot in prospects and/or players on the current ML roster, but I'd package just about anyone except Lindor for him. I'd do Ramirez and Chisenhall and see how far that gets you and what else is needed.
October 2, 2014 - 1:00 AM EDT
Samaradzjia could be a target in trade with the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Tigers, Bluejays just to name a few this off season.

Since many on this site are against the Indians pursuing Adrian Beltre, should they consider Donaldson. If yes I think the A's would want Lindor.

Small Market team took the gamble of making the big trades and it backfired. Now they have to go in opposite direction.

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