Bowker's Release Should Have Come Earlier

John Bowker asked the Phillies for his unconditional release to pursue a playing opportunity in Japan. The Phillies granted the request, but they should have been the one initiating the move and it should have come earlier this offseason.
January 13, 2012

Phillies Acquire Bowker From Pittsburgh

In looking for a left-handed bat to bring off the bench, the Phillies had set their aim for a Jim Thome type. Their aim had to lower slightly, but they wound up with first baseman/outfielder John Bowker as an addition to their bench.
August 31, 2011

Bowker Sees Opportunity With Bucs

OF/1BJohn Bowker has been getting more playing time with Lastings Milledge and Garrett Jones currently dealing with injuries, he has responded by going 7-for-17 since Sept. 15 with one home run and four RBI. For Bowker, acquired July 31 from San Francisco in the Javier Lopez trade,it's a chance to find his niche in the Pirates plans.'s George Von Benko caught up with Bowker.
September 20, 2010

Top Giants Outfield Prospects

In Part IV of our series on the top prospects of the San Francisco Giants, Richard examines the organization's top outfielders. Brian Sabean hopes to find a youngster who can match the apparent success of left fielder Fred Lewis.
September 15, 2008

Lincecum: A Force For The Giants

Tim Lincecum entered his start on Thursday afternoon against the first-place Chicago Cubs with a 16-6 record in 40 career starts, posting a 3.30 ERA in 256.0 innings pitched. He added to that total on Thursday with another effective start, striking out eight in six innings to pick up his 10th victory in the Giants' 8-3 win over the Cubs.
July 3, 2008

Minor League Notebook | June 5

A day after having its winning streak snapped, Fresno scores three in the eighth to get back in the win column. Augusta comes from behind, but the ‘pen falters late and the winning streak comes to an end. Connecticut walks off with a victory, and San Jose gets a solid pitching performance and some timely hitting. Just Another action-packed Day in the Minors!
June 6, 2007

Minor League Notebook | May 28

Somebody forgot to tell San Jose that it's not football season yet, as the pitching staff surrenders two touchdowns in a third straight loss. Fresno's bullpen falters for the second consecutive day, while Augusta's star closer blows his first save. Connecticut's bats finally wake up, but the pitching staff is missing in action. Just Another not-so-memorable Memorial Day in the Minors!
May 28, 2007