The San Francisco Giants are opening their 15th season in AT&T Park Tuesday beginning with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Thunderclaps echo through Bay Area, with Twitter helping track the storms. The Oakland A’s game is still on, but wet weather is likely to impact play.
A new storm system is headed into the Bay Area Monday, and it is likely to affect the Oakland A’s home opener at O.co Coliseum.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, an All-Star last season, makes his first opening-day start for the Giants and Brandon McCarthy starts for the Diamondbacks.
Sure, Sonny Gray gained some nice momentum from that impressive pitcher’s duel with Detroit ace Justin Verlander last October.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Tuesday at spring training that Bumgarner would pitch March 31 at Arizona. This marks Bumgarner’s first opening day start. He was the only member of the San Francisco rotation with a winning record last season at 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 31 starts and 201 1-3 innings. He made his first NL All-Star team.
San Jose is coming off a playoff disappointment after falling in seven games to Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals. The Sharks have won 10 playoff series during their streak of nine consecutive appearances – the last five under Todd McLellan – but have yet to reach the Cup finals.
It was a pitchers’ duel between the Giants’ Matt Cain and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles Monday afternoon.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. His catcher for the game was John Jaso. Now with the Athletics, Jaso received a gift prior to Monday’s opening day game against his former teammates: A Rolex watch from Hernandez as a “thank you.”
It’s fitting that Felix Hernandez will make his season debut and first outing since landing a $175 million, seven-year contract against the Oakland Athletics. The Seattle ace always faces them to start, or so it seems to the A’s.