SAN FRANCISCO -- From his upper-deck seat along the first-base line as a youngster at Candlestick Park, Jon Miller could see broadcasters sitting in the press box eating french fries.It was then the young Miller decided he wanted a job where he could do the same. Decades later, Miller has accomplished that and much, much more. A week before Miller will be presented with the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Bay Area native was honored prior to Friday's game at AT&T Park. "A guy who grew up just wanting to eat french fries at work and now I'm standing here," Miller said. "Only in America." Miller's daughter, Emilie, sang the national anthem before Miller threw out the ceremonial first pitch. A's broadcaster Monte Moore and the duo of Giants announcers Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper had video messages for Miller, while others -- including 2004 Ford. C. Frick Award winner Lon Simmons, broadcast partner Dave Flemming and Giants chief executive officer Bill Neukom -- offered high praise of Miller. "He's an artist," Neukom said. "He brings the game to life and makes us feel as if we were at the ballpark with him." Miller will accept the award on July 25 at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Sanchez's illness gives Sandoval start
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval came to AT&T Park on Friday expecting to get a day off against Mets left-hander Jon Niese, but that plan changed about an hour and a half before Friday's first pitch, when second baseman Freddy Sanchez was scratched with flu-like symptoms.Juan Uribe started at second, with Edgar Renteria at shortstop and Sandoval at third. After the game, Sanchez said he came down with the virus Wednesday. He played through it Thursday, but said he couldn't go Friday. Sanchez, who said he's lost a few pounds during the illness, said he wasn't sure if he'd be able to play Saturday. Despite Sandoval's RBI double off the right-field wall Thursday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy originally planned to give Sandoval a day off against Niese. After initially wavering whether to start or sit Sandoval -- prior to Thursday's game, Bochy said Sandoval would sit, then was noncommittal afterward -- Bochy went with his first instinct with Friday's original lineup before scratching Sanchez. Sandoval went 1-for-3 against Niese. Although Sandoval's .217 average against lefties was a big reason for sitting him, Bochy said giving players such as Pat Burrell and Renteria a start also played a part in his decision. "You really want to keep these guys fresh, but with Pat and Edgar, with the All-Star break, they've missed a few days," Bochy said. "It's important to get them out there and give them some playing time and keep them sharp."
Posey continues to impress with bat, arm
SAN FRANCISCO -- When Buster Posey is on a roll at the plate, everybody in the ballpark can tell.Not because of the sound of the ball off Posey's bat or an extra kick in his step, but because of his picturesque one-handed finish. "When I'm going good, that's usually what it does," Posey said. "I think when I'm going good it's because I'm getting better extension." Posey's one-handed finish has been on display often the past few weeks, including Thursday when he went 2-for-4 to keep his July batting average at .500 (22-for-44). Aside from his talent at the plate, Posey also showcased his skills behind it in Thursday's second-half opener, catching Tim Lincecum's first shutout of the season and throwing out Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran trying to steal second. On Friday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke glowingly of Posey's progression. "I couldn't be more pleased with the job Buster's doing behind the plate," said Bochy, adding he'd rank Posey's arm strength with anyone in the league. "He caught Timmy [on Thursday] and did a terrific job with him, both with the game-calling and receiving and making that throw. ... I really expect him to continue to make progress and get better and better back there."
Manager Bruce Bochy reiterated Friday that Andres Torres -- who started in right field -- is healthy and good to go after suffering from a partial groin tear before the All-Star break. Bochy said Torres was fine Thursday, but Bochy opted not to start Torres against Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. "Last time we faced a knuckleballer [June 25 against Boston's Tim Wakefield], he went left-handed, right-handed and tried to bunt and he was a little confused what to do." ... The Giants entered Friday having scored a Major League-high 75 runs in July. They were averaging 6.25 runs per game, with the pitching staff receiving 6.12 runs of support per game, second most in the Majors behind Colorado.
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.