San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

Game 3 Live Blog

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9:52: And down goes Uribe. Rangers win. It’s 2-1. Now it gets interesting. Bumgarner v. Hunter tomorrow, my friends.  I’ll be back liveblogging then.  Stay tuned to HBT for Matthew Pouliot’s game racap.  Night folks!

9:49: And down goes Huff. Two down, and we’re an out away from this being a competitive series again.

9:47: Feliz makes short work of Pat Burrell. Now on to face hitters who pose an actual threat.

9:43: In comes Neftali Feliz. I’m rather surprised he remembers the route to the mound.

9:41: Ozzie Guillen comes into the booth and says that he was surprised Washington didn’t use Feliz.  Either that or else he was talking about the cruise he’s planning after the Series is over. It’s hard to tell with Ozzie sometimes.

9:37: OK, I now realize just how dumb I’m going to look if Feliz comes in for the save and blows it.  Thank God it’s Saturday night and none of you are reading this. I’ll be able to go back and erase the past few updates!

9:33: O’Day gets out of it. Know what? I don’t care if it worked. It was still a dumb decision. You have to use Neftali Feliz when the game is on the line. That Washington has consistently failed to do so this postseason is inexplicable.

9:27: Darren O’Day comes into the game. There are two out in the eighth. Tying run at the plate. Why on Earth can’t Washington bring his best relief pitcher in here? This is atrocious.

9:25: Colby Lewis hits a dude, and he’s being yoinked.  Ron Washington makes the call to the pen. Now it gets interesting.

9:22: Andres Torres goes yard. 4-2.  This may not be as bad for Texas as you might think. If it stays a save situation, Washington may be forced to hunt down Neftali Feliz and actually use him in this game.

9:21: “Darren Oliver is getting loose.”  The bullpen is soon going to be part of this game for Texas. Don’t go calling this one a victory yet, Rangers fans. Wait a second [phone rings] Ron Washington is calling ME into the game!

9:14: Jeremy Affeldt is pitching. He has a beard, but it’s not as bushy or black as Wilson’s. “Have some mild uneasiness about the beard!”

9:07: Martha Plimpton for “God Bless America?”  Wasn’t expecting that. And since FOX is using this to promote one of its shows — it was even announced by the PA guy — can we dispense with the notion that it’s all patriotic and sacred and stuff?  Bring back “Take me out to the Ballgame,” OK?

9:04: Wow, there goes Cody Ross again. Home run, 4-1, Rangers.  Someone is going to [over]pay him a TON for this postseason performance.

9:03: Pat Burrell just struck out for the third time. He’s brought zilch to the table this series. Or the postseason overall (Burrell is 6-for-37 with 18 Ks). Bochy needs to sit him down.

9:00: Just saw two ads for the same political race in this commercial break. In one, the incumbent was portrayed as a nice man. In the other, pure evil. They both can’t be right! Someone is lying!

8:57: For the second time tonight a Giant pitcher fakes to second and the crowd goes nuts, thinking it’s a balk. Yay for Texas in the World Series, but there are likely a lot of new fans at the ballpark tonight.

8:54: And Francoeur takes a walk.  This, my friends, is not the Giants’ night.

8:53: McCarver on Ian Kinsler’ stolen base: “Posey actually makes a good throw . . .” as the video shows it going well to the third base side of the bag.

8:50: Ah, Jeffy is up with a runner on.  I can’t decide if I want him to go yard or screw himself into the ground whiffing on a big swing.

8:43: And the threat ends with Aubrey Huff on second. The Giants have suddenly reverted to the Giants we all came to know late in the season.  Just not looking good at the plate.

8:41: Was just about to say that Lewis had been walking some dangerous territory with those hanging curves, but then McCarver said it, so let’s just forget it. /stopped clock.

8:39: Know what I don’t care about? Whether Brett Favre starts tomorrow. Anyone else trying to play on a broken ankle would be considered a psycho, a detriment to his team or both. Favre, though? He’s like a kid out there!

8:37:  OK, the runaway train movie looks like it might be good.

8:34: Why is Vlad Guerrero stealing? Shot down, of course. He runs like he’s smuggling cinder blocks, yet off he goes? Eh, Rangers still up 4-0.

8:28: Seriously, what has happened to Sanchez?  He’s been MIA all postseason. Just awful.

8:27: Josh Hamilton just abused that baseball.  Bye-bye Sanchez. Or at least it should be.

8:25: Wow, Uribe flashed some leather, and the neighborhood play at second was fair enough as far as I was concerned.  Wait — replay showed it may not have been the neighborhood play. Nice DP!

8:23: I’ve been digging this low, low strike zone tonight. And by “digging” I mean really, really hating.

8:20: Hey all — this started as a chat, but due to a glitch in the Matrix or something, we kept having technical glitches. So from here on out, it’s a live blog. Upside: while trying to fix the live chat, I missed a horrendous Jeff Francoeur at bat!

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.