National baseball writer/columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 27th year covering Giants, A's, 32nd year covering ball.

Shea: Lincecum’s fickle fortunes swing wildly in return — The best starting pitcher in the 2010 postseason. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was diagnosed with lower back tightness on his left side, and he’s iffy for the rest of the Series, a bad sign for manager Bruce Bochy, who has had limited bullpen options because Strickland and Machi haven’t been reliable.

Eavesdrops: Notes of interest from World Series Game 2 — Like Posey, Phillips grew up a Braves fan â€" “Chipper Jones was my guy” â€" but is rooting for the Giants. Because of Buster. Royals owner David Glass approached Pam Baer, Larry’s wife, and jokingly implied her orange attire wasn’t appropriate in these parts.

Couple hours in the life of Michael Morse - video of stretching, hitting, interviewing, watching Hunter Pence dance, tips from Willie Mays — Michael Morse represented the Giants at the podium before Game 2 of the World Series, and that's never a bad thing. I followed Morse during his pregame work, taking video of him stretching, observing Hunter Pence's dance steps, taking batting practice and answering questions in the interview room, where he spoke about first visiting the Giants' clubhouse and told a cool story about hanging out with Willie Mays and a keepsake he never kept.

Eavesdrops from Game 1 of World Series — The last time Giants CEO Larry Baer was at the Royals’ ballpark, he was a 21-year-old college kid. In San Francisco, Royals fans might be greeted with $600 hotel rooms, $120 parking and gas prices approaching four bucks a gallon.

Hunter Pence’s 1st-inning homer turns Royals’ fans blue — Hunter Pence’s 1st-inning homer turns Royals’ fans blue With a couple of reminders flashing on the scoreboard: [...] the ball flew over the center-field wall. Pence’s two-run homer capped a three-run first inning that gave the Giants all the runs and momentum they needed before Madison Bumgarner, who does some of his best work in the World Series, threw his first pitch.

World Series live chat: Ask John Shea your SF Giants questions — Bring your World Series questions to John Shea at 10 AM Tuesday morning!

Now a Giants scout, Steve Balboni says bye, bye to K.C. loyalty — Balboni, a Giants advance scout, was digging the story of the 2014 Royals, who ended the franchise’s 28-year postseason drought, at least until it became obvious they’d win the American League pennant and be the final obstacle to the Giants’ third title in five years.

Posey becoming Jeter of the West — the modern-day Giants have won two titles in three years, and the only constant in the lineup was a catcher appearing old enough to play in A-ball. Buster Posey has completed two big-league seasons, and the Giants were crowned champions both times.

Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni - the link to 2014 SF Giants and 1985 Royals — Sentimentality can change with one historic 8-0 run through the postseason. The Royals no longer are that cute little team that zips around the bases and throws gas in the late innings. They're the enemy. Even Steve Balboni sees that.

Eavesdrops from NLCS Game 5 — When word circulated that Jake Peavy required dental work after chipping two teeth opening a gum pack in the dugout, Henry Schulman wisely got a quote from Jeremy Affeldt, known to have incurred an unconventional injury or three: “I ain’t saying nothing, because next thing you know, I’ll try to open a pack of sunflower seeds and my four front teeth will fly out.” If the Yankees or Dodgers (who’ll likely stick with Juan Uribe at third) enter the sweepstakes, eBay gets flooded with panda hats.
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Oct 22, 2014

Bochy on Lincecum injury: lower back tightened up

Oct 22, 2014

A great Lincecum tradition. Tying his shoelaces on the mound while TV producers sweat.

Oct 22, 2014

Lincecum could help himself here. He has a clean inning, suddenly Bochy puts him ahead of Strickland, Machi, back in the fold. #sfgiants

Oct 22, 2014

Welcome to the postseason, Tim Lincecum. The best starter in 2010, the best reliever in 2012. #sfgiants

Oct 22, 2014

Bochy can't have his magic touch with a bullpen that lost its magic. #royals 7, #sfgiants 2.

Oct 22, 2014

Bumgarner popping off to opponent is one thing. Strickland doing it is something altogether different. #sfgiants

Oct 22, 2014

Gore on pitchers: "I can tell you how fast he is to the plate, how slow, We've got keys. Every pitcher has keys, so we’re prepared."

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