Pablo Sandoval goes deep again, Giants up 4-0 in Game 1

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Justin Verlander had been a force throughout this 2012 postseason. But now he is getting hammered.

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, the MVP of the NLCS against the Cardinals, drove in Angel Pagan with a single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning, then Pablo Sandoval launched his second home run of the game to push San Francisco out to a 4-0 lead in Game 1 of the World Series.

Verlander has thrown a whopping 70 pitches through just three frames, yielding five hits and four earned runs.

Giants starter Barry Zito has been far more efficient, needing only 43 pitches. To the fourth inning we go.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.