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Giants bring back 2 key starting pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani pitches

The San Francisco Giants are bringing back two key members from their 2021 pitching staff.

The Giants announced on Monday that they signed Anthony DeSclafani to a 3-year deal.

The contract is worth $36 million and will pay DeSclafani $12 million in each season.

The Giants are also bringing back pitcher Alex Wood on a 2-year deal reportedly worth more than $10 million per season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Giants led MLB with 107 wins last season. Wood went 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 138.2 innings last season. DeSclafani went 13-7 with a 3.17 ERA. They, along with Kevin Gausman and Logan Webb, formed the core of the team’s pitching rotation.

Photo: Apr 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony DeSclafani leaves Giants’ game after hurting ankle covering first

Anthony DeSclafani

Anthony DeSclafani did not last long during his start on Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants.

DeSclafani went to cover first base on a Dominic Smith ground ball during the second inning against the New York Mets. He came up limping afterwards.

DeSclafani stayed in and pitched to Jonathan Villar, whom he walked on five pitches. DeSclafani then exited the game.

The Giants later said that the pitcher had right ankle discomfort.

DeSclafani is in his first season with the Giants and having a very good year. He entered Wednesday’s start against the Mets 11-5 with a 3.29 ERA and 122 strikeouts.

The Giants entered Wednesday with the best record in MLB at 78-42. DeSclafani has been among their best pitchers, along with Kevin Gausman, Alex Wood and Logan Webb.

Giants pitcher had funny good-luck charm before game

Anthony DeSclafani

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani threw one of the best games of his career on Monday night, and the right-hander believes it may have been the result of some good luck that came from an unlikely source.

DeSclafani pitched a complete-game shutout and allowed just three hits in San Francisco’s 12-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. As he wrapped up his press conference following the victory, he informed reporters that a bird pooped on him prior to the game.

A lot of people think being crapped on by a bird is good luck. The same can be said for rain on your wedding day. Is that just a way of making people feel better? Almost certainly, but it’s hard to argue against the results for DeSclafani.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time an MLB pitcher has credited bird poop for his goof fortune.