Bay Area Buzz 10/19: Giants’ Rotation, Ben McLemore, Last Game at Buck Shaw


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Giants’ Rotation

"It’s not broken, so the Giants are not going to “fix it.”Manager Bruce Bochy just said the Giants will maintain their rotation and probably their roster for the World Series.Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy will start Games 1 and 2 in Kansas City, against James Shields and Yoradany Ventura. Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Games 3 and 4 at AT&T Park.Bochy also said there are no immediate plans to change the roster, which means Tim Lincecum, who has not pitched an inning this postseason, will be available in the World Series.Notwithstanding what happened to the Cardinals when their “Lincecum,” Michael Wacha, was asked to pitch the ninth inning in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, Bochy still believes he has a need for Lincecum.“Timmy’s done a lot for us,” Bochy said. “I’ll stick with that. When you get to the postseason, there’s going to be a guy, maybe two, who don’t get a lot of work. It doesn’t mean they may not get a key role.“You can’t ever have enough pitching and experience. I think about Timmy all the time. Trust me. We know what he can do for us.”Bochy also was asked if there was any talk of replacing Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation with Yusmeiro Petit, who has pitched nine shutout innings with 11 strikeouts as the long man. Vogelsong was knocked out of Game 4 of the NLCS after three innings.No, Bochy said, adding, “I like Petit in the job he’s done in the role we’ve had him in. Going back to Washington, without Petit it’s hard to say what would have happened (in the 18-inning win). In St. Louis, the innings he gave us were big.”"

Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Ben McLemore

"The Kings picked up the option on Ben McLemore’s contract for the 2015-16 season, the team announced Sunday morning.Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.McLemore is seeking consistency entering his second season with the Kings. Named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month in November of his initial NBA campaign, he showed flashes of brilliance — going for a career high 31 points vs. Phoenix in the season finale on April 16, 2014."

Bill Herenda, CSN Bay Area

Last Game at Buck Shaw

"Over 10,000 San Jose Earthquakes fans packed Buck Shaw Stadium to capacity for the professional soccer team’s final home game on the Santa Clara University campus.The Earthquakes marked the end of seven seasons at Buck Shaw Stadium with a 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.…The Earthquake’s new stadium near San Jose International Airport is expected to be finished in March and can seat almost double their last home. It opens just a few months after Levi’s Stadium debuted as the San Francisco 49ers’ new venue.The Earthquakes and 49ers join the long-time established San Jose Sharks as making the South Bay a sports destination with appealing stands.“Silicon Valley has a lot of wealth and innovation and ideas,” Earthquakes President Dave Kaval said. “I think the active lifestyle that sports has I think is a good connection with what people do in Silicon Valley.”"

Vince Cestone and Nannette Miranda, NBC Bay Area