MIAMI -- Matt Cain conveyed his usual mound presence Thursday afternoon: square-shouldered, square-jawed and commanding. He and the Giants are convinced that the pitches to match his demeanor soon will come more frequently and effectively.
Despite the Giants' 5-4 loss to Miami that concluded the Marlins' first three-game home sweep of San Francisco since Aug. 9-11, 1999, Cain showed enough promise during his five-inning outing to indicate that better days await him. Making his first start since last July 9, before elbow surgery and a strained flexor tendon sidelined him, Cain absorbed the decision while allowing five runs and seven hits in five innings.
MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return to the mound, displaying his electric assortment of stuff during six effective innings and contributing a home run to help the Marlins outlast the Giants, 5-4, on Thursday afternoon.
Having weathered Tommy John elbow surgery, Fernandez allowed three runs and seven hits in his first outing since May 9, 2014. The right-hander walked none and struck out six, reflecting his solid command and energizing the Marlins Park crowd of 32,598.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Sources say the two sides agree to a signing bonus of $6 million
By Jesse Sanchez
The Giants are on the verge of adding another athletic infielder to their Minor League system, coming to terms with shortstop Lucius Fox of the Bahamas on a bonus of $6 million, according to industry sources.
Two of the top National League teams are set to slug it out in a three-game series this weekend in Washington as the Nationals host the Giants over the Fourth of July.
Gio Gonzalez will take the mound Friday for the Nationals for the first time since a rain-shortened outing Saturday against the Phillies. Gonzalez managed one scoreless inning before the game was called. The Giants will counter with Jake Peavy, who last pitched on April 17 and has just 7 2/3 innings to his name this season because of back issues.
MIAMI -- A mistake-filled night by the Marlins ended in dramatic walk-off fashion on Wednesday, when Justin Bour belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at Marlins Park.
Miami committed a season-high three errors, including one by Bour at first. But in the ninth inning off Santiago Casilla, Bour lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right to give the Marlins their fourth walk-off win of the season, and first since May 23 against the Orioles. Miami had been 0-42 when trailing after eight innings.
MIAMI -- Giants catcher Buster Posey said that he could play as soon as Thursday after absorbing the shock of a foul tip and being forced to leave Wednesday night's 6-5 loss to the Marlins in the fifth inning.
Posey said that felt "off" after he was hit squarely in the chin after Miami's Marcell Ozuna nicked a Chris Heston pitch straight back during a fourth-inning at-bat. Asked if "off" meant "sluggish," Posey said, "Yeah, I'd say that's accurate. Just not as sharp as usual."
MIAMI -- No matter how Matt Cain performs Thursday, he'll be pitching again, which is what matters most.
Cain, the Giants' three-time All-Star right-hander, will make his first regular-season appearance since July 9, 2014, when he starts the series finale against the Marlins. The 30-year-old right-hander finally has recovered sufficiently from a flexor tendon strain that sidelined him this year, which followed surgery last August to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow.
MIAMI -- Given Santiago Casilla's 20 saves in 24 chances this year, there's usually a plausible explanation for his occasional shortcomings. Thus, the reason given for his ninth-inning lapse Wednesday, which featured Justin Bour's game-winning home run that gave the Marlins a 6-5 triumph over the Giants, was easy to accept: He's human.
That might not placate Giants fans, but manager Bruce Bochy tried to receive Casilla's mistakes with the same calm he displays after the closer's successes.
MIAMI -- Somewhat remarkably, the composition of the Giants' five-man starting rotation, which recently loomed as a compelling issue, solved itself.
The Giants' chief decision-makers, including manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations czar Brian Sabean, had wondered how the rotation would absorb Matt Cain and Jake Peavy when they were prepared to leave the disabled list. That's no longer an issue, though the solution's likely to be temporary.
MIAMI -- Dee Gordon's first home run of the season was an exhausting one, as the speedy second baseman delivered a three-run, inside-the-park homer that energized the Marlins in their 5-3 win over the Giants on Tuesday at Marlins Park.
Marlins Park opened in 2012, and Gordon became the first player to be credited with an inside-the-park home run. The liner to right-center went to the wall, came with two outs in the third inning off Ryan Vogelsong and put Miami in front, 3-1. Justin Bour added a solo home run, a no-doubt blast into the second deck in right field, in the third inning.
MIAMI -- Buster Posey maintained the run production that has distinguished his June performance, though he added another dimension to his dynamic offense Tuesday in the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.
McGehee designated for assignment in hopes he can find another team
By Chris Haft
MIAMI -- Needing more personnel flexibility, the Giants purchased the contract of infielder Ehire Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and designated third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment.
Adrianza, 25, played shortstop at Sacramento but is adept at second or third base. Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Adrianza's versatility will come in handy during the remainder of this two-city, six-game trip as second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford require rests, especially with the schedule hopscotching from night games to day games.
MIAMI -- The crucial trial period for Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, which has been in the conceptual stages for months, finally became imminent Tuesday when Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced the veteran right-handers will make their comeback starts Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Cain, who dealt with a flexor tendon injury after weathering removal of bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow, hasn't pitched in a Major League game since last Aug. 11. Peavy dealt with back pain during two early-season starts before focusing on rehabilitation.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy finished a single away from hitting for the cycle to support Madison Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Duffy tripled in his first at-bat, doubled in his second and homered in his third to help the Giants win for the fifth time in their last seven games at home. Bumgarner, who also slugged his second homer of the season in the seventh, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight Rockies in his first win since June 6. He also made some history as the youngest pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Susac's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Giants win for the seventh time in their last 11 games, 7-5, over the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park.
Matt Duffy, who homered in the fifth off Rockies starter Chris Rusin, doubled to end a seven-pitch at-bat against reliever Rafael Betancourt (2-3), and Buster Posey was intentionally walked to load the bases for Susac's double into the left-field corner.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Finding one impact player who can don the tools of ignorance is hard enough, but the San Francisco Giants have the luxury of two. And that tandem of catchers was the difference in their 7-5 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Buster Posey, the Giants' full-time catcher moonlighting at first base, knocked in two runs with a double in the third inning to tie the score, and backup backstop Andrew Susac delivered a game-winning three-run double in the seventh to complete the Giants' comeback against the Rockies at AT&T Park.
Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner immediately came out to check on the right-hander, who was pulled after completing 1 2/3 innings. The Giants announced he was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion and X-rays were negative.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, giving him six in the last five games, and Carlos Gonzalez delivered five hits as the Rockies held off the Giants in the ninth and won for the fifth time in six games, 8-6, at AT&T Park on Friday night.
Arenado, who has a 13-game hit streak, homered off starter Tim Hudson (5-7) for three runs in the top of the sixth and added his 22nd homer -- a solo shot off Mike Broadway -- for an important run in the ninth. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon each extended hit streaks to 10 games, and the offense had 17 hits.
With the Giants trailing by two, third baseman Matt Duffy stepped to the plate with runners on first and second with one out and lined a ball down the right-field line that landed just wide of the white paint.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants placed left-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left shoulder strain. Right-hander Mike Broadway was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.
The decision comes after Affeldt gave up four earned runs without recording an out in Thursday's appearance in a 13-8 win over the San Diego Padres.
Team marks 13th annual event as gay marriage legalized nationwide
By Oliver Macklin
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the same day the United States Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, the San Francisco Giants celebrated their 13th annual LGBT Night on Friday at AT&T Park.
The Giants sold out a special-event package to Friday's contest that included a ticket to the game, admission to a pregame LGBT Night party in Seals Plaza and an LGBT-themed T-shirt.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silent with the bats at AT&T Park through much of the season, the San Francisco Giants unleashed an unusual torrent of offense that featured four triples and resulted in a 13-8 victory over the San Diego Padres. San Francisco took two of three from the Padres for its first home series win since a May 19-21 sweep over the Dodgers.
Brandon Belt collected two triples, driving in a first-inning run with the first hit and scoring to ignite a three-run fourth inning after the second. Matt Duffy tripled to help the Giants add a pair of runs in the fifth, and Brandon Crawford tripled home a run in the seventh.
Easy as 1-2-3: Giants triple their fun against Padres
Belt hits two of team's four triples to pace Thursday's offensive breakout
By Oliver Macklin
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt became the first Giants player to hit two triples in a game since Brett Pill on September 17, 2011, and Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford each added a triple, as the club did something it had not done in 55 years.
The Giants matched a single-game franchise high for triples in the San Francisco era (since 1958), which they previously reached on Sept. 15, 1960. However, it took more than just the four three-baggers to take the series finale, as the Padres battled back with a six-run eighth inning to cut the Giants' seven-run lead to one before they held on for a 13-8 victory on Thursday.