Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games.

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Arias dropped as Aoki returns from DL

Giants utility player designated for assignment to clear space for outfielder

Arias dropped as Aoki returns from DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was activated from the disabled list and infielder Joaquin Arias was designated for assignment in a corresponding move Monday.

Aoki returned from Triple-A Sacramento, where he went 3-for-13 in four rehab games with the River Cats. He missed 28 games with a fractured right fibula.

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Giants to oppose Peralta in return from DL

Giants to oppose Peralta in return from DL

Brewers starter Wily Peralta said he felt bound to the bench during his two months on the disabled list and is eager to return to action Tuesday. Giants starter Matt Cain can relate.

Ready to return from a left oblique injury, Peralta will make his first start since May 22 in Atlanta opposite Cain, who missed the first three months of the season with a right forearm injury after having season-ending surgery in August. It's the second of a three-game series at AT&T Park, with the Giants riding a six-game winning streak and victories in 12 of their last 13 games.

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Giants sweep A's with lift from Duffy, Posey

Giants sweep A's with lift from Duffy, Posey

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy homered and drove in three runs and Buster Posey went 4-for-4 to back Tim Hudson's abbreviated performance Sunday as the Giants completed a three-game Interleague series sweep of the Oakland A's with a 4-3 triumph.

The Giants have won five consecutive games and 11 of their last 12 to trim their deficit behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West to one game. San Francisco also lengthened its home winning streak to six games while recording its first three-game sweep of the A's at AT&T Park since May 20-22, 2011.

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Hudson joins small club with win over A's

Giants veteran becomes 15th pitcher with victories vs. all 30 MLB teams

Hudson joins small club with win over A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sixteen years ago, on June 8, 1999, Tim Hudson made his Major League debut with the Oakland A's. And on Sunday, Hudson's career came full circle as he defeated his first big league club for the first time.

In doing so during the Giants' 4-3 victory, Hudson joined some elite company, becoming the 15th pitcher in baseball history to earn a win against all 30 current Major League clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Bumgarner among MLB's best 25-and-unders

Bumgarner among MLB's best 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Duffy quickly becomes third-base fixture

Giants rookie ably filling hole left by Sandoval's departure

Duffy quickly becomes third-base fixture

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Pablo Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million contract this past offseason with the Boston Red Sox, he left the Giants with a major hole to fill.

Sandoval played an integral role in helping the Giants win three championships in the last five seasons. The Venezuelan third baseman was a staple in manager Bruce Bochy's lineup and beloved by the city of San Francisco.

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Aoki's return imminent pending medical check

Aoki's return imminent pending medical check

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left fielder Nori Aoki could rejoin the lineup as soon as Monday if team doctors consider him physically satisfactory during an examination Sunday.

Aoki, who sustained a fractured right fibula when he was hit by a pitch by Los Angeles' Carlos Frias on June 20, was expected to be checked thoroughly by the club's medical staff. Aoki hit .231 (3-for-13) in the first four games of his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, including 2-for-3 with a run scored Saturday.

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Bumgarner's booming bat a boon to Giants

Bumgarner's booming bat a boon to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner recognized a fastball from Chris Bassitt, kept his hands inside the baseball and let the bat do the work.

The ball sailed over the head of A's left fielder Mark Canha and into the outfield bleachers to give the Giants their first run in a 2-1 win over the A's on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.

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Giants reward MadBum after his HR vs. A's

Giants reward MadBum after his HR vs. A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik and Matt Duffy collaborated on a tiebreaking sixth-inning rally that lifted the Giants to a 2-1 Interleague triumph Saturday over the Oakland A's at AT&T Park.

With the score deadlocked at 1, Panik prolonged the sixth by doubling with two outs off A's starter Chris Bassitt (0-3). Duffy followed by stroking a single to right field that scored Panik. San Francisco, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, leads the Majors with 190 two-out runs.

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Lincecum tests hip ailment with light throwing

Lincecum tests hip ailment with light throwing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum resumed throwing Saturday for the first time since being shut down on July 20.

Lincecum, 31, who threw a bullpen session before the All-Star break, was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition after struggling with his pitching mechanics while recovering from a right forearm contusion he sustained in his last outing on June 27.

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Perfect streak ends for Giants reliever Kontos

Perfect streak ends for Giants reliever Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- George Kontos' drive for perfection ended Friday night when he allowed his first inherited runner to score this season in the Giants' 9-3 Interleague decision over the Oakland A's. Beforehand, Kontos marooned all 26 runners that were on base when he entered the game.

"It's something I took pride in," said Kontos, 30.

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Peavy, Pence lead Giants to win over A's

Peavy, Pence lead Giants to win over A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence collected four hits to back Jake Peavy's six-plus innings of three-run ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-3, in the series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.

Pence doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, doubled again in the fifth and legged out an infield single in the sixth to cap off the right fielder's first four-hit game of the season. The Giants improved to 22-7 in games Pence starts.

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Pence highlights value with four-hit night

Pence highlights value with four-hit night

SAN FRANCISCO -- You might remember those signs toted by fans that bore goofy declarations about Hunter Pence's perceived habits. They proliferated about a year ago but have mostly vanished this season. That's possibly because everybody knows what matters most about the man: Hunter Pence is a winning ballplayer.

Pence reinforced that truth in the Giants' 9-3 Interleague triumph Friday night over the Oakland A's. He hammered a pair of RBI doubles while recording his first four-hit game of the season as the Giants secured their ninth victory in 10 games. San Francisco also defeated the A's for only the third time in 10 meetings.

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Aoki continuing Minor League rehab

Aoki continuing Minor League rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Nori Aoki needs at least two more rehab games before returning to the lineup, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.

"It could be two games, it could be more," Bochy said before Friday's series opener vs. Oakland at AT&T Park. "We'll see how tonight and tomorrow goes."

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Emotions pour out during Simmons tribute

Emotions pour out during Simmons tribute

SAN FRANCISCO -- The intimate function held on Thursday night at AT&T Park to honor the late broadcaster Lon Simmons was a celebration, not a memorial.

Certainly, Simmons' death at age 91 on Easter Sunday remained fresh in the minds of the relatives, friends and colleagues who gathered in a corner of the ballpark's club level to remember the man who had an enduring impact on Bay Area baseball. But any tears that were shed came between bouts of laughter -- because, as speaker after speaker recalled, Simmons' sense of humor was as rich and deep as his familiar baritone, which conveyed the exploits of both the Giants (1958-73, '76-78, '96-2002) and A's (1981-95).

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Posey playing his way into another MVP discussion

Posey playing his way into another MVP discussion

SAN DIEGO -- Evaluating contenders for postseason honors is a premature exercise in late July, but it's fair to entertain the notion that Buster Posey has played himself into consideration for his second National League Most Valuable Player Award.

Posey furthered his cause Wednesday as the Giants overwhelmed the San Diego Padres, 7-1. The San Francisco catcher went 2-for-5 with a two-run double in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie. The double sustained a pattern for Posey, who's batting .476 (20-for-42) with runners in scoring position and two outs. It also helped the Giants conclude their two-city, six-game trip with a 5-1 record.

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MadBum tops most popular jersys; Posey, Pence close behind

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

MadBum tops most popular jersys; Posey, Pence close behind

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hudson talks ups, downs of 'emotional game'

Veteran Giants pitcher has dealt with illness of mother all season

Hudson talks ups, downs of 'emotional game'

SAN DIEGO -- No one really knows what's going on behind the scenes in any person's life. To all appearances, Giants right-hander Tim Hudson is outgoing and gregarious. He's fun-loving, with a great sense of humor in a dripping southern drawl, courtesy of his hometown of Auburn, Ala.

As a pitcher, Hudson is in his sunset years. He just turned 40 and has hinted this will probably be his last season. When Hudson went on the disabled list recently, he said it was on account of a "cranky" right shoulder.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain sharp over 6, before bats erupt late

Cain sharp over 6, before bats erupt late

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants concluded their three-game series at Petco Park, as well as a successful two-city trip, with a 7-1 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Padres.

San Francisco entered the seventh inning tied, before rallying for three runs in back-to-back innings. Buster Posey's two-run double, followed by Hunter Pence's RBI single, fueled the seventh-inning uprising against San Diego reliever Brandon Maurer (6-3). Brandon Crawford led off the eighth with his 14th home run, tying him with Posey for the team lead.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Affeldt activated from DL, Osich optioned

Affeldt activated from DL, Osich optioned

SAN DIEGO -- Josh Osich's final impression of his nine-game stint with the Giants wasn't an especially pleasant one. Fortunately for the left-hander, he'll almost surely receive the opportunity to make more big league memories.

The Giants opted to activate Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled, reinstating the left-handed reliever on Wednesday. Clearing roster room for Affeldt forced San Francisco to option Osich to Triple-A Sacramento, one day after the rookie lefty allowed three runs and three hits to the Padres in 1 1/3 innings. Those runs were unearned, however, freezing Osich's ERA at 0.00.

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Heston flashes no-hit stuff in earning 10th win

Giants rookie allows one single in 7 1/3 shutout innings vs. Padres

Heston flashes no-hit stuff in earning 10th win

SAN DIEGO -- Chris Heston admitted his concentration briefly yielded to frustration during the Giants' 9-3 victory Tuesday night over the San Diego Padres.

That moment occurred when Melvin Upton Jr. ended Heston's bid for a no-hitter by leading off San Diego's half of the sixth inning with a broken-bat single to center field. Second baseman Joe Panik pursued the ball furiously, but it fell beyond his grasp.

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Sanchez causes benches to clear vs. Padres

Giants catcher admires grand slam; benches later clear

Sanchez causes benches to clear vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres and Giants found themselves in a sticky situation Tuesday -- and it wasn't just the high humidity at Petco Park that had the two teams hot under the collar.

Tempers ran hot on two occasions during the Giants' 9-3 victory over the Padres, as gum -- yes, chewing gum -- played a role in a dust-up between the two teams for the second time this season.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' big homers back Heston vs. Padres

Giants' big homers back Heston vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Chris Heston took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Tuesday and the Giants hit three home runs on their way to a 9-3 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

Hector Sanchez drilled a grand slam in the sixth inning for San Francisco and Brandon Crawford added three hits, including a three-run homer. Hunter Pence contributed a second-inning leadoff homer that opened the scoring.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crawford is Giants' Heart and Hustle winner

Crawford is Giants' Heart and Hustle winner

SAN DIEGO -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford gained more recognition Tuesday, when the recent first-time All-Star was named the club's winner of the Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

The award honors active players who demonstrate passion on the field and embody the game's values, spirit and tradition. It's also the Majors' only award that is voted on by former players.

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Hudson's labored start hurts Giants

Hudson's labored start hurts Giants

SAN DIEGO -- Monday promised to offer the Giants a new beginning. Instead, their starting rotation's shortcomings continued to mount during their 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Right-hander Tim Hudson returned from the disabled list after missing all of July with a strained shoulder and lasted three batters into the fifth inning, maintaining the lack of durability among San Francisco's starters. They've worked into the seventh inning in five of the team's last 16 games. Of those five exceptions, Jake Peavy has recorded three outings of at least six innings, while Chris Heston has sustained two such performances.

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Blanco homers, but Giants fall short

Blanco homers, but Giants fall short

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run Monday as the Padres extended their win streak to a season-best five games with a 4-2 victory over the Giants at Petco Park.

The Padres took advantage of command issues by Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who walked four and allowed three runs over four-plus innings in his first start off the disabled list.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.