Author: Drew Silva

Matt Cain

Matt Cain to make 2015 debut on Thursday


Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that right-hander Matt Cain is scheduled to make his 2015 regular-season debut Thursday afternoon in the Giants’ series finale against the Marlins.

Cain underwent elbow surgery last August and ankle surgery last September. The 30-year-old right-hander entered spring training this February with a clean bill of health, but a right flexor tendon strain put him on the disabled list just before Opening Day and he’s just now getting back from that.

Cain registered a 4.19 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on his four-game minor league rehab assignment.

Tim Lincecum will be placed on the disabled list with a forearm bruise to open a rotation spot.

Virginia beats Vanderbilt 4-2 in Game 3 of the College World Series to claim first national title


Vanderbilt University looked poised to repeat as national champions in the first inning of Wednesday night’s winner-take-all College World Series Game 3 when No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson drove in a run with a groundout to third base and 12th-round draft pick Zander Wiel followed with an RBI double.

But those were the only two runs the Commodores would score in an eventual 4-2 loss to Virginia.

UVA tied the game in top of the fourth inning on a two-run homer to right field by standout freshman Pavin Smith and then took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning when Smith smacked an RBI single to left. Kenny Towns, a 20th-round pick of the Angels in this month’s MLB Draft, poured on another insurance run for the Cavaliers in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI single of his own.

Virginia left-hander Brandon Waddell was locked in after that shaky first inning, yielding only two hits over his final six frames. Nathan Kirby, whom the Brewers took 40th overall earlier this month, entered in the eighth and struck out the first batter he faced. Kirby then walked Vanderbilt’s Rhett Wiseman, but he got Swanson on a check-swing strikeout and Wiel on a full whiff. Kirby yielded a two-out single in the ninth but pinch-hitter Kyle Smith couldn’t extend the action, watching a nasty 1-2 slider that wound up in the center of the plate.

This is the first-ever NCAA baseball championship for Virginia. They lost Game 1 on Monday night but bounced back for a 3-0 victory on Tuesday and played inspired ball in a tense Game 3 on Wednesday.

UVA is only the third school to drop the first game of a College World Series Final and go on to win it all.

This is also the first national championship in baseball for the ACC since 1955, when Wake Forest won.

Phillippe Aumont elects to become a free agent

Phillippe Aumont

Phillippe Aumont allowed six earned runs on five hits and seven walks in a four-inning start — his first of the season — last Friday against the Cardinals and got designated for assignment a day later. Aumont could have headed back to the Phillies’ Triple-A team, but he will instead test the open waters

Aumont carries an intriguing physical profile at 6-foot-7 and he is only 26 years old, so there will probably be some interest on the free agent market. But he owns a 6.80 ERA, 1.99 WHIP, and 42/34 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 career major league innings and control has also been a major problem for him in the minor leagues.