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Fred Lewis traded to Toronto

Way back in 1976, Toronto tried to steal the Giants away from San Francisco. Thanks to Bob Lurie, it didn’t work.

Now, 34 years later, Toronto may be at it again, bit by bit.
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Fred Lewis in a trade with the Giants for a player to be named or cash.
This past offseason, the Blue Jays claimed Merkin Valdez and Brian Bocock off waivers from the Giants. Valdez is still in Toronto, while Bocock was put back on waivers and later claimed by the Phillies.
And then, of course, there’s pitcher Jeremy Accardo, whom the Jays acquired in that brilliant trade for Shea Hillenbrand back in 2006.
As far as Lewis is concerned, most folks saw this one coming the last few weeks. The Giants’ outfield is crowded and Lewis seemed to fall out of a favor with the team last season.
The alternative to trading Lewis would have been to place Nate Schierholtz or Andres Torres through waivers, or send Eugenio Velez or John Bowker to Fresno. There was no way the Giants were going to risk losing Schierholtz or Torres. With so many outfielders on the roster, Velez became to valuable for his ability to play 2B, and Bowker has started seven of nine games in right field this season.
We hope Fred finds a spark in Toronto. We always liked the fact that Fred rarely swung at pitches out of the strike zone. However, he also had a habit of not swinging at pitches IN the strike zone, which was always a frustration.
Fred has talent. If he could ever find the balance of being disciplined when you need to be disciplined and aggressive when you need to aggressive, he could blossom in Toronto.
Good bye, Fred. And good luck.

Giants notes: Velez plays for San Fran…what?

No, that wasn’t a clever marketing ploy by the San Francisco Giants to try to raise awareness about dyslexia in America. It was just a plain old error.

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Giants infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez wore a uniform Wednesday in Houston that had the C and S in San Francisco transposed on his chest. Velez’s uniform read “San Francicso.”
Apparently, Velez had no idea about the misspelling and only learned of it when reporters asked him about it after the game.
“Increible!” Velez said.
Wow! Even when Velez speaks, he misspells words! No, wait. That was actually Spanish. Our bad.
Apparently, Majestic, the company that makes the big league uniforms, are really wishing that Giants had gone back to their retro road unis, when all it had on it was a big “SF.”
Lewis begins rehab stint
Outfielder Fred Lewis, placed on the disabled list to the start the season with an abdominal strain, began a rehabilitation stint with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday.
Lewis started in left field against the Reno Aces and went 1 for 3.
No word on how long Lewis will be on the rehab stint, as the Giants’ outfield is still very crowded. 
If, and when, the Giants decide to activate Lewis, the leading candidate to be sent down could be Eugenio Velez. Of the current outfielders on the roster, only Velez and John Bowker have minor-league options remaining. And as Bowker is currently starting in right field, Velez seems the likely candidate to be wearing “Frenso” uniform in the near future.
Whoops, we meant “Fresno.”
Posey watch
Also in Reno on Thursday, Buster Posey started at catcher for the Grizzlies and batted third. he went 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
Trivia answer
I did miss the trivia answer from the Giants’ opening day broadcast.
The question was: Who were the five pitchers to start on opening day for the Giants from 2000-2009?
I got four of five right. But I was thinking about the correct fifth pitcher.
They were: Livan Hernandez (2000-02), Kirk Rueter (2003-04), Jason Schmidt (2005-06), Barry Zito (2007-08), Tim Lincecum (2009).
Dang! I guessed Russ Ortiz, but Rueter was lingering in my head.
Braves come to town
After Thursday’s games, the Giants became the last undefeated team in the majors. One of those teams to suffer their first loss on Thursday was the Atlanta Braves, who lost 2-0 to the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves will come to San Francisco for the Giants’ home opener. Game time is set for 1:35 p.m. Friday at AT&T Park. The game will be carried live by the MLB Network.
The Giants may have caught a break by avoiding the Braves’ talented young pitchers Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson. Here are the pitching matchups for the weekend series.
Jonathan Sanchez (0-0) vs. Tim Hudson (0-0), 1:35 p.m. Friday (MLB network)

Todd Wellemeyer (0-0) vs. Kenshin Kawakami (0-0), 7:05 p.m. Saturday

Tim Lincecum (1-0) vs. Derek Lowe (1-0), 1:05 p.m. Sunday

Giant notes: Zito’s outing bad, not that bad

At first glance, Barry Zito’s outing Thursday looked like another hair-pulling, aggravating Zito-esque outing — five runs on seven hits on 74 pitches over three innings.

But there are two things to remember: One, it’s still preseason, so it doesn’t count; Two, Zito was very close to giving up just one run on Thursday.

That’s kind of Zito’s M.O. — he walks along a fine line between quality start and implosion.

Let’s take a close look at Zito’s three innings on Thursday.

In the first inning, things started out well enough, as Zito set down the first two batters he faced. But things began to go bad the way they usually do with Zito, with a two-out walk. Kevin Kouzmanoff followed with an RBI double off the right field wall. But then it looked like Zito would get out of the inning after going 0-2 on Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki turned on a Zito fastball, and ripped it foul down the left-field line. Zito tried to come inside again off the plate, presumably to set up a 1-2 curveball. But it caught too much of the plate and Suzuki yanked it out for a 3-0 lead.

Zito set down the side in order in the second.

Zito gave up two more runs in the third, but the first run was on Zito and the second should have been charged to manager Bruce Bochy.

Coco Crisp led off with a double to left. Zito tried to pick him off second (why???) and threw it away, sending Crisp to third.

Then Bochy decided it best to play the infield in with a runner on third and no one out. The brilliant strategy allowed Rajai Davis to reach on a bloop single that would have been caught by 2B Juan Uribe if he were playing at his normal position.

Davis then stole second and took third on the first out of the inning. With a runner on third and one out, Bochy again played the infield in and Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to left on a ground ball that would have a ground out to short if the infield were playing back.

The A’s got two more hits in the inning on balls that were not hit out of the infield before Zito escaped with no more damage.

So basically in the third, Zito gave up a clean double to Crisp and four singles on balls that all should have been outs.

LEWIS DL-BOUND? Fred Lewis appears headed for the DL to start the season with a rib injury that his limiting to little more than running work.

Lewis hit off a tee Thursday and reported he’ll need more time to get ready to play.

Bochy said the Giants wouldn’t push Lewis and would know more on his status in a couple of days.

Well, we’d hope so since the Giants face at 6 p.m. deadline Saturday to set their 25-man roster for the 2010 season.

Lewis said the injury is keeping him from taking full hacks at the ball, which isn’t a lot different from when he’s healthy.

And speaking of Lewis, check out this blog post by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle on Lewis and his OBP. There’s been a lot of chatter about how the Giants must keep and play Lewis because his OBP was about 100 points higher than his batting average.

We think Giant fans are just starved for ANYONE in the lineup who can show some plate discipline. But, as Schulman shows, Lewis gets his high walk total by striking out WAY TO MUCH (particularly on called third strikes), not to mention his struggles in the field. Great post Hank.

SANCHEZ DELAYED: Bochy said that 2B Freddy Sanchez won’t be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment for another 3-4 weeks. That effectively takes Sanchez out of the Giants lineup until May at the earliest. Ugh.

Good thing we’ve got Juan Uribe.

You know, More Splash Hits, often sits around with bags of ice on his various aches and pains. You think maybe Brian Sabean would be willing to give us a few million to do that?

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