San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as tens of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the city's World Series champions. Under gray skies where a steady drizzle mixed with clouds of orange, black and white confetti shot from sidewalk cannons, players waved, snapped photos and mugged for the roaring crowds from the top of double-decker buses, a change from the classic convertibles and cable cars on wheels that had transported them along their now-familiar parade route in 2012 and 2010. ''These guys play together, they believe in each other, they play as one and they never give up,'' baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey said as he waited to greet the young members of his former team for a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, the end of the 2-mile route. ''I'm going to send them to school on Monday saying they had 'orange fever,''' said Marcela Habash, 36, of San Francisco, who brought three of her four children to the plaza outside City Hall to see the celebration.
Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job. Renteria was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager.
DETROIT (AP) -- Reliever Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015 was exercised Friday by the Detroit Tigers.