Two months from draft day, it's time for our first look at how every first-round selection will play out.
— Mauricio Dubon broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-out, pinch-hit single, Alex Wood won for the fourth time in five starts and the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Monday night.
— Jake Cronenworth hit a splash shot, Fernando Tatis Jr. also connected off Johnny Cueto and the San Diego Padres roughed up the San Francisco Giants 11-1 Sunday.
— Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Austin Slater homered and the San Francisco Giants kept rolling at home, beating the San Diego Padres 7-1 Saturday.
**NOTE: This episode originally aired on February 2nd, 2021** Twenty-nine-year-old Drew Robinson is attempting a Major League Baseball return unlike any other. Robinson worked his way through the minors for many years, and in 2017 he finally made the Texas Rangers’ Opening Day roster. But what followed was a bumpy path up and down between leagues and teams. All the while, Robinson struggled with mental health concerns. On April 16th, 2020, Drew Robinson attempted suicide. He lived. And now, with ongoing rehabilitation and therapy, Robinson worked his way back into professional baseball, as he has successfully made the roster for the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate for the 2021 season. ESPN’s Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan shares his reporting behind the ESPN+ special from E:60, “Alive: The Drew Robinson Story.”
— Austin Slater hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 Friday night.
Willie Mays rode into Oracle Park in a white and turquoise 1956 Oldsmobile convertible, waving his cap to a cheering crowd as the San Francisco Giants celebrated his 90th birthday.
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Drew Robinson returned to professional baseball on Thursday night, going hitless in his first game since surviving a suicide attempt and losing his right eye last year.
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— Jon Gray tossed six strong innings and helped himself with an RBI single, and the Colorado Rockies held off the San Francisco Giants for a 6-5 win Wednesday.
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As Willie Mays turns 90 Thu., remember his road from the Negro Leagues to a nonpareil MLB career. He told ESPN in 1997, "Being black, trying to get to the majors, I had to be, I'd say, 3 or 4 times better than maybe the whites." Bosox scout George Digby told us he recommended him in 1949: "I said this would be a helluva player to break the (team's) color line." Another scout recommended him to the Yankees that year. Neither team integrated for years. Mays signed with the Giants in ‘50.
Drew Robinson, who lost his right eye in a suicide attempt in 2020, has made the opening day roster for the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, and could play as soon as Thursday.
After dealing with depression and self-doubt for years, Drew Robinson reached a crisis point in April 2020. But what was almost the end of his story turned out to be the start of another.
— Charlie Blackmon hit a three-run, two-out homer off Camilo Doval to cap a comeback from a four-run deficit in the final inning, giving the Colorado Rockies an 8-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night for a doubleheader split.
— Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead single and a grand slam in a 10-run first inning that propelled the San Francisco Giants over the Colorado Rockies 12-4 Tuesday in a doubleheader opener.
Did your favorite club pass April with flying colors or is it in need of an early-season do-over?
— The Colorado Rockies postponed Monday's game against San Francisco due to rain expected to last throughout the night.
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What's powering the new and improved Trout? Who has been even better? And what about those mounting K totals? Jeff Passan goes inside the highs and lows of the season so far.
On Base Percentage.31512th
Earned Run Average3.407th