Wilson thrills at Victoria's Secret appearance
Giants closer promotes VS Pink line in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Since the Westfield San Francisco Centre has more than 170 stores, first-time visitors to the downtown shopping mall might struggle to find the store of their choice.To find the Victoria's Secret location on Thursday, however, all one needed to do was look for the people wearing Giants paraphernalia. Hundreds of Giants fans converged on the store to see right-hander Brian Wilson appear with supermodel Chanel Iman to promote a new line of "Pink" Giants gear. The VS Pink Major League Baseball Collection, launched in March 2010, is an exclusive assortment of co-branded merchandise with select teams. Standing amid the assortments of women's clothing and undergarments (which didn't include Aubrey Huff's thong), Wilson cheerfully posed for pictures with the first 100 fans who waited in line to see him. The crowd began gathering at 4 a.m. PT, reflecting Wilson's immense popularity. Iman flanked each visitor with Wilson, but despite her status as a Victoria's Secret model, there was no doubt that San Francisco's relief ace was the primary draw. "I specifically came to see him," said Robert Agpoon of Daly City, echoing the sentiments of virtually everyone who swarmed the store. For many, meeting Wilson represented their first encounter with a celebrity. "It was nerve-wracking," said Phillisa Fong of San Francisco. But the genial Wilson put his visitors at ease. "I like how he and the rest of the team show their personalities," Agpoon said. "Before, they never used to do that."
Five San Jose Giants named to All-Star team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Five members of the high-Class A San Jose Giants were named Thursday to the California League All-Star team, which will confront its Carolina League counterparts on June 21 in Modesto.San Jose's contingent, the largest of any California League team, consists of outfielder Gary Brown and pitchers Heath Hembree, Kelvin Marte, Craig Westcott and Zack Wheeler. Brown entered Thursday with a league-high 31 stolen bases and ranked second in hits (88), tied for second in runs (52) and seventh in batting average (.359). Hembree has recorded a league-high 18 saves and an 0.83 ERA in 23 appearances, adding 39 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings. Marte is 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA, the third-best mark in the league, in 10 starts. His .228 opponents' batting average is the league's fourth-best mark. At 7-0, Westcott began Thursday leading the league in wins and ranking second with a 2.40 ERA. Wheeler, last year's No. 1 Draft choice, is 5-2 with a 3.40 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings.
These pitchers can hit, too
SAN FRANCISCO -- By now, the only surprising aspect of the Giants pitchers' hitting prowess is that counterparts on a handful of other teams are actually outperforming them.The club's pitchers entered Thursday tied with Milwaukee and Los Angeles for first in the National League with 10 runs scored and led the league with eight doubles, far exceeding the four hit by second-place Cincinnati and St. Louis. San Francisco's hurlers also ranked third in slugging percentage (.214) and OPS (.410). Though Jonathan Sanchez (.250), Ryan Vogelsong (.235) and Madison Bumgarner (.200) each were hitting .200 or better, Giants pitchers ranked just fifth in batting average (.151, well behind No.1 Houston's .194). Giants moundsmen were also fifth with a .195 on-base percentage.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.