Giants 3, Braves 2: The micro — along with a Bobby Cox farewell — you can read here. For now let me add that if the Giants play any more close games, they’re going to kill Aubrey Huff: “I don’t know how you can be a fan of this team sometimes,” he said after the game. In response to Brian McCann’s go-ahead homer: “This was just the sixth. The other day, they hit a
go-ahead homer in the eighth. I almost puked then, but I was fine with it this time.”
Hey, it was an intense series, Aubrey, I’ll grant you that. But please don’t puke. They got cameras everywhere in the post season and there’s no way we won’t see it.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.