Gary Matthews Jr. stole home; caught stealing

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Gary Matthews Jr. stole home yesterday. As evidenced by the photo to
the right, he’s also adept at robbing people of home runs. He’s not going to be able to rip off the mother of the child he had back in 2004 anymore, however:

An Arizona woman is entitled to the level of child support she would
receive if she had lived with the father, pro baseball player Gary
Matthews Jr., an Arizona appeals court ruled. The trial court ordered
Matthews to pay Jamie Hunt $1,561 for the child they had in 2004.
Matthews’ salary is $10 million per year. He also had to pay for the
child’s medical, day care and private school expenses.

Hunt sought a higher amount on appeal, and Judge Hall agreed.

Dude makes $10 million and he is forcing the mother of his child to
mount an extended court battle to raise child support above $1,500 a
month? Interesting choice on his part. A better choice, however, would
have been for Matthews to step up and come to an agreement with the
mother that would have corresponded with the law’s requirement that
child support be based upon the combined income of the parents.

Video: Kelby Tomlinson slides in for an inside-the-park home run

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Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson looked more like Ladainian Tomlinson the way he was running during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Rockies. In the first inning with one out against starter Chris Rusin, Tomlinson hit a fly ball into the right-center field gap at AT&T Park, a great place to go if you’re in the mood for an inside-the-park home run.

Neither Carlos Gonzalez nor Chris Dickerson could corral the ball before it rolled all the way to the 421-foot marker at the fence. Tomlinson motored around the bases, but Gonzalez made a strong throw into cut-off man D.J. LeMahieu, and LeMahieu made a great throw in to catcher Tom Murphy, but Tomlinson slid in safely just ahead of the tag.

It was an exciting play and the hit proved important as the Giants eked out a 3-2 win against the Rockies.

Santiago Casilla’s 2016 option vests for $6.5 million

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Giants closer Santiago Casilla got the final two outs of Saturday’s 3-2 win against the Rockies, earning his 38th save. More importantly for him, however, was that it was his 55th game finished of the season. As Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area notes, Casilla’s 2016 option worth $6.5 million vested once the final out was recorded.

The Giants won’t complain, as Casilla has had a terrific year. The 35-year-old is now 38-for-44 in save situations with a 2.79 ERA and a 62/23 K/BB ratio in 58 innings.