Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence took pregame batting practice on the field Sunday for the first time since breaking his left arm in Spring Training.

Pence took three rounds of batting practice and hit three home runs, one into the left-field stands and two to the left-center seats.

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Giants hold off Angels to reward Hudson

Giants hold off Angels to reward Hudson

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nori Aoki and Casey McGehee had some timely hits, and Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey went deep, providing enough cushion for a highly effective Tim Hudson in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Hudson held the Angels to two hits -- solo homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- in eight-plus innings, leading his team to its seventh win in the last 10 games and dropping his ERA to 3.78.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

Panik in position to field grounder, but Featherston can't avoid ball

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Joyce's two-out line drive in a one-run game in Saturday's ninth inning was hit directly into the shift, so chances are Giants second baseman Joe Panik gobbles it up, fires to first and records the final out regardless.

But Joyce would've loved to see it play out.

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Lyle Spencer

Hudson treasures season's first win

Giants veteran falls short of complete game but gets victory in nail-biter

Hudson treasures season's first win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitchers get old, but the magic of a "W" next to their name in a box score never does.

Tim Hudson knows the feeling -- both feelings, actually -- better than any active starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. The man with the wicked sinker and classic command is 10 weeks shy of 40, and the great B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" does not apply to his reaction to win No. 215 of a superb career. That's seven more W's than any pitcher still plying the demanding trade has experienced, Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia each at 208.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGehee starting to find comfort level with SF

Giants third baseman tallies three hits, RBI against Angels

McGehee starting to find comfort level with SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was no secret that Casey McGehee's first month with the Giants was a difficult one. After hitting .169 in April and hitting into eight double plays, McGehee was an easy target for fan criticism. But he had the Giants faithful standing on their feet Saturday afternoon, as the veteran third baseman left his mark on the 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he thinks it was just a matter of time before McGehee figured out his problems after a knee injury sidelined him for four games in mid-April. But McGehee isn't using his balky knee as an excuse for his slow start.

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Peavy has encouraging bullpen session

Pence works in outfield; Ishikawa 'starting to come around'

Peavy has encouraging bullpen session

SAN FRANCISCO -- Injured Giants right-hander Jake Peavy threw off the mound Saturday for the first time since April 17. Peavy has been working through back problems since missing a scheduled start April 7, but said he didn't feel any discomfort during the bullpen session at AT&T Park.

"It's hard when you haven't been on the mound in a little bit," Peavy said. "You get on the mound and you want to be sharp, get things done. The biggest thing was to just see how my body felt. Felt quite a bit better. Still got a ways to go, but I think we're heading in the right direction. I'm excited about it."

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Fellow umps mock Miller with tape outline after foul

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Fellow umps mock Miller with tape outline after foul

Umpires aren't exactly known for their collective sense of humor. Dance skills, maybe. But jokes? Not so much. That might be changing, though, now that Bill Miller has become the butt of the latest "chalk outline" joke.

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Panik starts Giants' May on right foot

Panik starts Giants' May on right foot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Having posted a 9-13 April record, their worst for the season's first month since 1991 (8-12), the Giants needed to open May in rousing fashion.

They accomplished that with their third consecutive walk-off home triumph, a 3-2 Interleague decision over the Angels furnished by pinch-hitter Joe Panik's two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning.

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Giants edge Angels on Panik's walk-off single

Giants edge Angels on Panik's walk-off single

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's two-out, pinch-hit single with the bases loaded broke a ninth-inning deadlock Friday night and lifted the Giants to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels. It was San Francisco's third walk-off win of the season and the second delivered by Panik.

With the score tied, 2-2, Buster Posey led off the ninth against Angels reliever Joe Smith by beating out an infield single on a high-bouncing grounder up the middle. Justin Maxwell's sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Gregor Blanco to second base, and Smith threw a ball-four wild pitch that moved Blanco to third and put Andrew Susac on first. Smith recovered by striking out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt, then he intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to set up a forceout at any base. Panik rendered the strategy moot by lining a 1-1 pitch into center field.

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Bochy thinks Pence could return in late May

Giants outfielder takes first live BP since breaking left arm in Spring Training

Bochy thinks Pence could return in late May

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence's first live batting-practice session since he fractured his left arm Friday prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to estimate that the right fielder will rejoin the lineup "toward the back end" of May.

Bochy added that he would be shocked if Pence doesn't resume playing sometime this month. Pence, who took 25 swings off a tee, 25 more swings off soft-toss flips and 15 swings in live BP, will repeat the exercise this weekend before being evaluated on Monday. That evaluation, Bochy indicated, could determine Pence's next move.

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Lyle Spencer

Bochy, Scioscia writing legacies few can claim

Bochy, Scioscia writing legacies few can claim

SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball's two most enduringly successful managers are matching wits and shifts this weekend. The Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Angels' Mike Scioscia came into their Interleague series with a combined 37 managerial seasons, 2,969 wins, 14 postseason appearances and four World Series championships.

Stable, tough-minded, creative and intuitive, they were catchers as players before paying coaching dues and producing contender after contender as managers, Bochy in San Diego and San Francisco, Scioscia in Anaheim. There was baseball in California before they arrived as players and National League rivals -- Bochy a backup for the Padres, Scioscia starring for the Dodgers -- but you probably need to find a book to recall it in any detail.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: Mays hits 4 home runs in one game

Players reflect on Giants legend's power display accomplished on April 30, 1961

#TBT: Mays hits 4 home runs in one game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Mays had no business doing what he did on April 30, 1961. Then again, there were certain things that only Mays could do.

Nauseous due to a snack he ingested the night before, Mays reaffirmed his greatness on this date 54 years ago when he hit four home runs for the San Francisco Giants in their 14-4 victory over the Milwaukee Braves. He became the seventh player since 1900 to accomplish this feat. It was the most prolific day of a wondrous Hall of Fame career for Mays, who ranks fourth on the all-time home run list with 660.

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Giants fall after Dodgers power four homers

Giants fall after Dodgers power four homers

LOS ANGELES -- With a rearranged batting order, the Dodgers blasted four home runs in the first three innings Wednesday night and coasted to a 7-3 win in the rubber game of their three-game series against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins homered off Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) in support of Zack Greinke (4-0), who battled through six innings to continue his mastery over the Giants in particular and the National League West in general. Greinke is 6-0 lifetime against the Giants and 22-1 against division rivals since he joined the Dodgers. He is 20-6 and the club is 24-8 when he starts following Dodgers losses. Greinke also had an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' comeback effort stalls vs. Dodgers

Ethier's catch looms large; SF can't take advantage of shaky Greinke

Giants' comeback effort stalls vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- At a glance, the Giants' performance Wednesday night was as lopsided as the final score. Following Brandon Crawford's two-run, fourth-inning homer, 18 of San Francisco's last 20 hitters were retired in its 7-3 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yet the Giants actually created chances to generate what would have been an unlikely comeback against the Dodgers, who captured two of the series' three games, and Zack Greinke, the Los Angeles starter who improved his lifetime record against the Giants to 6-0.

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Decker replaces Lefebvre on Giants' coaching staff

Assistant hitting coach shifts back to scouting role

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants shuffled their staff Wednesday, announcing that Joe Lefebvre will step aside as assistant hitting coach to resume working as a scout. Steve Decker, coordinator of instruction and Minor League hitting, will fill Lefebvre's role beginning Friday, general manager Bobby Evans said.

Lefebvre, 59, will regain the tasks he performed from 2008-11, when he scouted players in the Major and Minor Leagues as one of then-GM Brian Sabean's senior advisors.

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#ASGWorthy: Posey takes Kershaw deep in Giants win

#ASGWorthy: Posey takes Kershaw deep in Giants win

It isn't every day that a former Most Valuable Player Award winner gets to face off against a three-time Cy Young Award winner and reigning MVP. And when Giants catcher Buster Posey squared off against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night, the 28-year-old backstop provided two emphatic examples of why he's #ASGWorthy.

First, Posey drove in San Francisco's first run against Los Angeles with an RBI single in the first inning, and then he drove in the next one with a solo home run to left-center in the fourth.

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With Posey's help, Bumgarner outduels Kershaw

With Posey's help, Bumgarner outduels Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- In a rematch of last week's ace showdown, Buster Posey homered and drove in both runs as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner edged the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

After his double no-decision duel with Kershaw last week in San Francisco, Bumgarner (2-1) allowed one run on five hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. Going seven innings for the first time this year, Kershaw (1-2) allowed both runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Both have 3.73 ERAs. Santiago Casilla earned his sixth save. The loss snapped the Dodgers' home win streak at eight.

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Everything's all right: MadBum foils LA's plan

Giants ace triumphs despite Dodgers benching left-handed hitters

Everything's all right: MadBum foils LA's plan

LOS ANGELES -- A fellow named Sandy Koufax, who earned plenty of fame and fortune while pitching here, is alleged to have said, "You don't beat hitters. You beat lineups."

So far this year, every lineup Madison Bumgarner has faced was constructed with the sole intent of neutralizing his success. Tuesday, he made a mockery of this strategy.

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Here's Hunter Pence dancing alone in his kitchen

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Here's Hunter Pence dancing alone in his kitchen

Two things to know about Wednesday, April 29:

Fact No. 1: It is International Dance Day.

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Posey aims to add another All-Star Game to resume

Posey aims to add another All-Star Game to resume

SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Buster Posey and outfielder Hunter Pence have an opportunity to add another All-Star Game appearance to their resume, as both are on the National League ballot for this year's Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.

Posey's a two-time All-Star, having played in the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City and in '13 at New York. Pence, who is currently on the disabled list, has been to three All-Star Games -- '09 in St. Louis, '11 in Arizona and last year in Minnesota.

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Lyle Spencer

Posey the difference in clash of lefty aces

Bumgarner battles all-righty lineup as catcher provides offense vs. Kershaw

Posey the difference in clash of lefty aces

LOS ANGELES -- The powers of reigning World Series kingpin Madison Bumgarner have become borderline mystical. For the second time inside a week, he literally made two of the National League's foremost sluggers this season disappear Tuesday night in his rematch with Clayton Kershaw.

Electing to go with an all-righty attack against the Giants' formidable lefty, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson on the bench. Gonzalez leads the NL in slugging percentage and Pederson is 10th.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain takes step forward, throws in outfield

Giants starter plays catch at 60 feet, plans to repeat exercise Wednesday

Cain takes step forward, throws in outfield

LOS ANGELES -- Resuming his recovery efforts, Giants right-hander Matt Cain played catch Tuesday amid hopes that when he regains his pitching health, he'll stay that way.

Cain, who began the season on the disabled list wih a strained right flexor tendon, made 25 throws to athletic trainer Dave Groeschner in the Dodger Stadium outfield at a distance of 60 feet.

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Giants hold raffle to award fan World Series ring

Entries benefit Community Fund; winner to be announced June 23

Giants hold raffle to award fan World Series ring

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' World Champions Ring Raffle is in full swing, giving fans a chance to win a World Series ring while helping charity.

Raffle tickets and information are available online at sfgiants.com/ringraffle. The minimum purchase is $10. The online raffle will conclude June 21 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The winner will be announced during the broadcast of the Giants-Padres game June 23.

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Posey homers off Kershaw, fan makes catch with hat

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Posey homers off Kershaw, fan makes catch with hat

It's difficult to imagine anyone not named Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner could steal the show when the Dodgers and Giants have their aces squaring off against each other, but one Dodgers fan gave it his best shot when he hauled in a home run on Tuesday.

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Four-run frame sinks Lincecum, Giants

Four-run frame sinks Lincecum, Giants

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sustained a four-run outburst in Monday night's third inning and held on to extend their home winning streak to eight games with an 8-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

With one out, runners at the corners and a run in, the Dodgers accelerated their rally with three consecutive hits off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Carl Crawford singled to set up Juan Uribe's RBI single before Joc Pederson drilled a run-scoring double.

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Lincecum struggles against aggressive Dodgers

Four-run third inning the difference in Giants' opener at Los Angeles

Lincecum struggles against aggressive Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The same Tim Lincecum who muzzled Los Angeles' bats last Tuesday at AT&T Park stood on the Dodger Stadium mound. But he didn't face the same Dodgers he silenced in San Francisco.

The Dodgers took a fresh approach against Lincecum, and the results demonstrated the difference. Lincecum, who yielded one run and five hits in six innings against the Dodgers last week, coughed up four runs and eight hits in four innings this time. He yielded all of those runs in the third inning as the Dodgers outdistanced the Giants, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game series.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.