Rookie's 12th-inning hit snaps Giants' skid

Rookie's 12th-inning hit snaps Giants' skid

NEW YORK -- Presented with a second chance to give the San Francisco Giants an extra-inning lead Saturday, Mac Williamson treated it like a pitch down the middle. He wouldn't let it pass him by.

Williamson drove in both Giants runs, including the go-ahead tally with a 12th-inning single that hastened San Francisco's 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The decision ended the Giants' season-high, six game losing streak and kept them four games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the National League West.

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Posey's bruised foot doesn't keep him out

Posey's bruised foot doesn't keep him out

NEW YORK -- Giants catcher Buster Posey dispelled any fears about his bruised right ankle by starting Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, less than 24 hours after sustaining his injury.

"He got up this morning and said it felt pretty good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It loosened up and he felt good to go."

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After extra rest, Shark squares off with Yanks

After extra rest, Shark squares off with Yanks

It may be coming a day later than it was expected, but Jeff Samardzija will officially make his Yankee Stadium debut Sunday.

Samardzija was initially scheduled to start Saturday, but had his day on the hill swapped with Saturday's starter, Johnny Cueto, and will thus take the mound Sunday when he and the Giants take on Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees. This gives Samardzija six days' rest coming into the game. In three starts this season with at least that much rest, Samardzija has struggled, posting an ERA of 5.40 and an opponents' OPS of .929.

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Giants drop 6th straight after 8th-inning error

Giants drop 6th straight after 8th-inning error

NEW YORK -- The Giants' struggles and the Yankees' surge both continued Friday night as San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford committed an eighth-inning throwing error that helped New York generate the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory. It was San Francisco's season-high sixth consecutive loss.

"Unfortunately, the first half we couldn't be consistent as a team," Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran said after his team won its seventh of their last 10 games and is now 4 1/2 games out of the top spot in the American League Wild Card race. "Now, we feel like we're playing better baseball, so we're happy where we're at. We just need to continue to put up wins and we'll see what happens."

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Williamson again comes through in pinch

Williamson again comes through in pinch

NEW YORK -- Mac Williamson somehow has become inoculated from the illness that ails the Giants' hitters, particularly in critical situations.

Williamson lined a pinch-hit double in Friday night's eighth inning off Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller, one of the relievers the Giants reportedly covet. It forged a temporary tie as San Francisco proceeded to tumble to its sixth consecutive defeat, 3-2.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy steps up running; Panik takes break

Duffy steps up running; Panik takes break

NEW YORK -- The Giants continue to feel encouraged by the progress of third baseman Matt Duffy, who could begin a Minor League injury rehabilitation stint within a week, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.

Recovering from a left Achilles injury, Duffy is running more frequently and freely. Currently working out at the Giants' training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., Duffy hasn't played since June 19.

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Sabean discusses need for relief help

Giants may look to make moves before Trade Deadline

Sabean discusses need for relief help

NEW YORK -- Giants executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean affirmed that the team is striving to acquire a reliever by the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline who will upgrade the bullpen significantly, not just incrementally.

"I don't know how things are going to shake out," Sabean said.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense shows life with seven-run rally

Offense shows life with seven-run rally

BOSTON -- The Giants felt free to regard Wednesday's 11-7 Interleague loss to the Boston Red Sox as a moral victory, though nobody has yet developed a column for that kind of game in the standings.

Given their woes since the All-Star break, performing competitively and interrupting their offensive funk had to encourage the Giants, though they matched a season high as their losing streak lengthened to five games.

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Losing streak hits five games

Losing streak hits five games

BOSTON -- Fenway Park was the place to be Wednesday night, with the Red Sox and Giants engaging in a classic slugfest while wearing throwback uniforms and fans of both teams trying to shout each other down.

Ultimately, all that mattered was whose bat spoke the loudest, and that man was Hanley Ramirez, who belted three homers and collected six RBIs as the Red Sox prevailed, 11-7, and crept into the American League East lead by a half-game.

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Giants taking conservative approach with Pence

Giants taking conservative approach with Pence

BOSTON -- The Giants remained ultra-careful Wednesday in prescribing Hunter Pence's activity during his injury rehabilitation stint, ordering the right fielder to limit his workload to pregame drills.

Pence, who's striving to overcome a right hamstring injury, has appeared in one of a possible four games with Triple-A Sacramento. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Pence still felt sore from being hit by a pitch in his initial game last Saturday.

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Giants load bases with no outs, get zero runs

Giants load bases with no outs, get zero runs

BOSTON -- In a seesaw battle between the Giants and Red Sox during Wednesday night's series finale at Fenway Park, the game reached a boiling point in the sixth inning when San Francisco loaded the bases with none out down by one run.

After the Red Sox jumped out to an early eight-run lead, the Giants countered with seven runs, only to come up empty-handed in the sixth after back-to-back singles by Brandon Belt and Buster Posey and a walk to Brandon Crawford. Following the missed opportunity, the Red Sox went on to win, 11-7.

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Peavy hurt by homers as Giants blanked in Boston

Peavy hurt by homers as Giants blanked in Boston

BOSTON -- Continuing to make this season a memorable one for themselves, Rick Porcello worked 6 1/3 innings to match a 38-year-old club standard and David Ortiz defied time by clobbering another home run Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rolled past the San Francisco Giants, 4-0.

Porcello (12-2) limited the Giants to four hits while improving to 9-0 at home and helping the Red Sox close to a half-game back of the division-leading Orioles. He became the first Boston pitcher to earn that distinction since Dennis Eckersley in 1978. Ortiz, who has insisted he'll retire after this season, drilled his 23rd homer of the season, a three-run drive in the fourth inning that padded Boston's 1-0 lead against Giants starter Jake Peavy (5-8).

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Giants bats stay chilled as losing streak hits 4

Giants bats stay chilled as losing streak hits 4

BOSTON -- The All-Star break is proving to be the most formidable foe on the Giants' schedule.

San Francisco's hitters sank deeper into a genuine slump Tuesday as the club dropped its fourth consecutive game, a 4-0 decision at the hands of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Pence, Panik delayed in rehab by rainout

Pence, Panik delayed in rehab by rainout

BOSTON -- The rainout that the Giants' Sacramento affiliate endured Monday at New Orleans disrupted the recovery schedules for right fielder Hunter Pence and second baseman Joe Panik, who have begun their injury rehabilitation stints with the Triple-A outpost.

"I guess you could say it's a minor setback," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.

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Tiant shares admiration for Cueto's style

Tiant shares admiration for Cueto's style

BOSTON -- Luis Tiant had a personal request for his fellow mound stylist, Johnny Cueto.

"I told him that he has to win 20 games or more," Tiant said Tuesday, after a 45-minute pregame chat with the Giants All-Star right-hander. "When he wins 20, I'm going to call him."

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blach among top prospect performers Tuesday

Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect strikes out 10 in 6 one-hit frames, Nats' No. 1 wins Triple-A debut

Blach among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he gave up a season-worst six earned runs in his last start, Sean Reid-Foley returned to form Tuesday as he fired six innings of one-hit ball to lead Class A Advanced Dunedin in a 2-0 shutout over Charlotte.

Reid-Foley, the Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect, struck out the side in his first and last innings of work and fanned 10 of the 21 hitters he faced, marking his third start this season in which he's recorded double-digit strikeouts. He recorded five ground-ball outs and walked a pair, while throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

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Crawford is Giants' winner of Heart and Hustle Award

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Crawford is Giants' winner of Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Giants avoid no-hitter but get swept by Padres

Giants avoid no-hitter but get swept by Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Edwin Jackson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his Padres debut Sunday against the Giants, paving the way for a 5-3 San Diego victory and a three-game series sweep.

"He was outstanding," said Padres manager Andy Green. "Good mix, slider was really good, mixing the curveball later on."

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Righty Drabek to try his hand as infielder with Giants

San Francisco inks former first-round pick to Minors deal

Righty Drabek to try his hand as infielder with Giants

Former first-round Draft pick Kyle Drabek has signed a Minor League deal with the Giants, whom ESPN reports will work the right-hander out as both a pitcher and infielder.

The 28-year-old Drabek, son of former Major League pitcher Doug Drabek, was selected 18th overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Phillies out of The Woodlands (Texas) High School, where he starred as both a pitcher and hitter.

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Cueto bothered by illness, side pain vs. Padres

Cueto bothered by illness, side pain vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The first hint that Sunday would not develop favorably for the Giants came about an hour and a half before the scheduled first pitch, when Jake Peavy was told he might be needed to relieve Johnny Cueto early in the game or even function as an emergency starter.

Following the Giants' 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, Peavy jokingly described his reaction as "straight, utter panic." Turning serious, Peavy said, "I'm always looking to play. I got ready."

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McCasland throws no-hitter for Giants farm team

Jake McCasland's breakout season continued Sunday night as the Class A Augusta right-hander fired a seven-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 win against Delmarva in game two of a doubleheader. If not for an error he committed in the third inning, it would have been a perfect game.

Making just his sixth start for the GreenJackets and the seventh of his career, McCasland, 24, struck out five and needed just 72 pitches (52 strikes) to complete his gem.

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Posey's 10th-inning shot negated by walk-off balk

Posey's 10th-inning shot negated by walk-off balk

SAN DIEGO -- After blowing a three-run lead and surrendering a go-ahead solo homer to Buster Posey in the top of the 10th, the Padres rallied in the bottom of the inning to tie the game before walking off on a Santiago Casilla balk, 7-6, with runners on first and third and no outs.

Alex Dickerson scored the tying run after leading off with a single, while Derek Norris casually trotted to the plate a few moments later to give San Diego its fourth extra-inning victory of the season.

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Bochy reluctant to make change at closer

Casilla blows fifth save opportunity of season with walk-off balk

Bochy reluctant to make change at closer

SAN DIEGO -- Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo have exchanged roles before. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy would prefer to avoid shuffling his top relievers again.

It involves a considerable adjustment for the reliever who's demoted from the closer's role, not to mention disheartening for the rest of the team -- because it probably means the ballclub has experienced some galling defeats, such as Saturday's 7-6, 10-inning loss to the San Diego Padres.

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Stratton among top prospect performers Saturday

Tigers pitcher fans 11 in dominant outing; Cubs' top prospect reaches five times, plates four

Stratton among top prospect performers Saturday

Traded three times in his career and twice during the offseason, Myles Jaye is settling in as a member of the Detroit Tigers' organization.

Jaye, the Tigers' No. 24 prospect, was brilliant on Saturday as he fired 8 1/3 innings of two-hit ball and set a new career best with 11 strikeouts to help pace Double-A Erie in a 1-0 shutout over Akron. He induced nine ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk, throwing 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

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Giants' win streak over Padres snapped

Giants' win streak over Padres snapped

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner outpitched Madison Bumgarner on Friday night, helping the Padres beat the Giants for the first time this season, 4-1. The win snapped a nine-game Giants winning streak over the Padres, which was their longest vs. San Diego in team history.

"They owned us in the first half, there's no doubt about that," said Padres manager Andy Green. "They beat us handily, consistently. It's a lot better being on this side of things."

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Bumgarner shows typical fire in atypical loss

Bumgarner shows typical fire in atypical loss

SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner performed with his usual saber-toothed emotion Friday night. Yet he threw too many dull pitches during his six innings in the Giants' 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Did Bumgarner's intensity interfere with his ability as he surrendered four extra-base hits, including Adam Rosales' fourth-inning home run and Wil Myers' round-tripper one inning later? Bumgarner certainly didn't hide his displeasure as he stared down Rosales and Myers while they circled the bases. Travis Jankowski's fourth-inning attempt to bunt for a hit also prompted a perturbed reaction from Bumgarner.

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Giants well-positioned, but could still seek help

Giants well-positioned, but could still seek help

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants strengthened themselves for the stretch drive without engineering a single deal. Keep that in mind as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

The procession of substitutes and callups who filled in for established performers played well enough for the Giants to ease any urgency or anxiety they might have regarding filling a position.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.