July 18th, 2012

Broadcasters – Tito Fuentes

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Tito Fuentes returns to the Giants’ Spanish language broadcast booth for his ninth straight season. Fuentes previously served as a member of the Spanish language broadcast team from 1981-92, and in 1996-2004 he broadcast for FOX Sports International which is aired in Latin America. An active participant in the Giants’ marketing efforts, he is a regular participant in the Giants Fantasy Camp and Giants Cruise. A former Major League second baseman who played for the Giants from 1965-74, Fuentes saw big league action with San Diego, Detroit and Oakland. The Havana, Cuba native was initially signed as an 18-year-old amateur before the start of the 1962 sea- son and was the last baseball player signed directly out of Cuba before the United States embargo against Cuba. A .268 hitter over his 13-year career, he was voted the starting second baseman on the Dream Team for the Giants 25th Anniversary team by San Francisco fans in 1982. In 1997, “23” was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Maritza, reside in Reno, Nevada.

Quick Hits for Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (Game 91)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36) will face Braves’ left-hander Mike Minor (5-6, 5.97).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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VOGELSONG AT A GLANCE… The Giants have won 10 of Ryan Vogelsong’s last 12 starts and are 11-5 overall in his outings this season, going 4-3 on the road and 7-2 at home.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than Peachtree Streets in Atlanta.

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HOW LOW CAN YOU GO… His 2.36 ERA is the 3rd-lowest in the NL and the 5th-lowest figure in the Majors.

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EAT THOSE INNINGS… Has tossed at least 6.0 innings in all 16 starts this season…has pitched at least 7.0 frames 12 times.

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A LITTLE HELP PLEASE… Is receiving only 3.25 runs of support per game, which ranks as the lowest on the Giants’ staff and 3rd-lowest in the NL.

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VS. ATLANTA… Will be making his 1st career start against Atlanta…has faced the Braves just once in his career, as he tossed 3.1-scoreless frames from the bullpen in 2011.

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DON’T WALK OUT ON ME… His current 2.8 walks/9.0ip ratio is the lowest of his career (3.7)… In fact, Vogelsong has walked 1-or-fewer batters in his last 4 outings.

Happy Birthday – Conor Gillaspie

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Here are some Giants Gems for Conor Gillaspie’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Conor!

  • Graduated from Millard (NE) High School…member of team that was state champions during senior season and ranked 3rd nationally by USA Today.
  • Earned All-America honors at Wichita State University, hitting .419 (98-for-234) with 71 runs, 16 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 11 HRs and 82 RBI during his junior campaign…was also 2-time 1st team All-Missouri Valley Conference player.
  • Was named 2007 Cape Cod League Most Valuable Player and also received Thurman Munson Batting Champion Trophy for highest avg. (.345), while also pacing circuit in slugging (.673).
  • His dad, Mark, played professional baseball and was an All- American at Mississippi State.
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