Posey holding the line in All-Star voting

Mere thousands separate Bryant and Arenado, Ozuna and others

Posey holding the line in All-Star voting

We're this close, barely two weeks, until the 86th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Miami. And a mere days away from learning which of the world's best players will participate in the game, set for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.

The final update on the balloting for starting position players arrived on Monday. This is the final week for fans to vote in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The starting players and rosters will be revealed on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants undone by homers as Mets sweep

Giants undone by homers as Mets sweep

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rene Rivera's versatile effort, which featured a pair of home runs and shutdown defense, spurred the New York Mets to Sunday's 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Rivera homered in each of his first two at-bats off Giants starter Matt Moore, helping New York grab a 4-1 lead. He also made a hustling, daring catch of Denard Span's first-inning popup, snaring the ball inches in front of the backstop. With Giants on the corners, two outs in the third inning and a run in, Rivera ended the threat by throwing out Hunter Pence on an attempted steal of second base.

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Slater injures hip flexor on catch vs. Mets

Slater injures hip flexor on catch vs. Mets

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants rookie Austin Slater, a source of hope in a disappointing season for the team, experienced tightness in his right hip flexor during Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Mets at AT&T Park. He left the game after six innings.

Slater, San Francisco's 24-year-old left fielder, will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the injury's extent. Slater himself wasn't certain enough about his condition to attempt a self-diagnosis.

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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.

Samardzija to square off with Rox's Marquez

Samardzija to square off with Rox's Marquez

Well-rested Rockies rookie right-hander German Marquez will face the Giants and righty Jeff Samardzija on Monday to open a three-game set at AT&T Park. Colorado will be looking to snap its season-high five-game losing streak.

Marquez dealt with frequent base traffic but held the D-backs to one run and four hits in six innings of his last start -- a 4-3 victory on Tuesday in which he didn't figure in the decision. The return of lefty Tyler Anderson to the rotation Sunday to face the Dodgers allowed Rockies manager Bud Black to give Marquez an extra day.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bumgarner hits off tee as rehab progresses

Strickland finishes suspension; Nunez could return from DL on Friday

Bumgarner hits off tee as rehab progresses

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has begun to swing a bat again, manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.

Recently at the Giants' training complex at Scottsdale, Ariz., Bumgarner hit off a tee. He pitched three hitless innings Sunday in a start with the team's Rookie-level Arizona League team, striking out two and walking one.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bonds says 'without a doubt' can hit splash HR

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Bonds says 'without a doubt' can hit splash HR

Of the 73 homers that have landed in McCovey Cove at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds has 35. In 2001, the year he hit 73 dingers, he hit NINE into the bay. You can watch them all here, but this one is pretty great against Chan Ho Park from that season.

Anyway, during the Mets' 8-2 win over the Giants on Sunday, Bonds stopped by the AT&T Park broadcast booth to talk about getting a spot on the stadium's Wall of Fame. Of course, the conversation then turned to dingers. Here's how that went down.

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Giants fan Stow 'looks great' in visit to ballpark

Giants fan Stow 'looks great' in visit to ballpark

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered traumatic brain injuries following an attack in Dodger Stadium's parking lot on Opening Day 2011, enjoyed behind-the-scenes access for Sunday's series finale against the Mets.

Stow wore a Jeremy Affeldt jersey and listened closely during Giants manager Bruce Bochy's radio interview with broadcaster Jon Miller. Bochy joked with reporters about Stow's Affeldt jersey ("He couldn't get a better jersey?") and said Stow's progress is encouraging given how far he's come in six years.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants fan has Bochy autograph a toaster

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Giants fan has Bochy autograph a toaster

Superstition is everything in baseball. Even if you don't personally believe in its powers to sway what happens on the field, plenty of folks do. Just think about the pitchers who make an effort to hop over the infield dirt rather than step on it, for example. 

In the Bay Area, Giants fans are no doubt eager to find any method possible to help their club turn around its tough run of the past few weeks, and as such one fan at Sunday's game with the Mets saw fit to see if lightning might strike twice ... so she brought a toaster for manager Bruce Bochy to sign. 

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Cueto's gem, Belt's HR not enough vs. Mets

Cueto's gem, Belt's HR not enough vs. Mets

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reaffirming his status as one of the National League's elite performers, Jacob deGrom pitched a four-hitter for eight innings Saturday to lead the Mets to a 5-2 victory over the Giants.

deGrom (7-3) has worked at least eight innings in three consecutive starts, the first Met to accomplish this since Johan Santana in August 2010. He lapsed only in the seventh inning, which Brandon Belt christened with a home run. deGrom received support primarily from Wilmer Flores, who homered in the fourth inning and doubled home a run in the eighth.

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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.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Giants promote prospect Jones, designate Hill

23-year-old faced Mets' deGrom in MLB debut

Giants promote prospect Jones, designate Hill

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Ryder Jones absorbed his promotion to the Giants, the third-base prospect experienced how life imitates modern technology.

Jones, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Sacramento, was immediately thrust into San Francisco's lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets and their formidable right-hander, Jacob deGrom. Jones went 0-for-4 in the Giants' 5-2 loss.

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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's rough 2nd inning sinks Giants

Blach's rough 2nd inning sinks Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Deuces were wild for the New York Mets in Friday night's series opener at AT&T Park, where they stuffed five doubles into a six-run second inning en route to an 11-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Yoenis Cespedes departed from the script, clobbering a two-run homer to highlight a three-hit effort in which he lacked a triple for the cycle. Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda also amassed three hits apiece for the Mets, who were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their previous series.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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.

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Gearrin cools off Mets with strong relief outing

Gearrin cools off Mets with strong relief outing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cory Gearrin put the Giants in position for another stirring comeback Friday night. But the offense couldn't quite cooperate in San Francisco's 11-4 loss to the New York Mets.

The rallies that bookended the Giants' otherwise forgettable trip would not be repeated at AT&T Park. They couldn't scramble from a 9-1 deficit before losing, 10-9, as was the case in Colorado. Nor could they surge back after trailing 12-6 to fall, 12-11, which happened in Atlanta.

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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.

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Terence Moore

Posey is a Hall of Fame catcher in waiting

Posey is a Hall of Fame catcher in waiting

As a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, I know what somebody destined for Cooperstown looks like, talks like, hits like, pitches like and inspires like, and here's an example these days: Buster Posey.

"Well, thank you," said the man himself, always in low-key mode around the Giants' clubhouse and away from the ballpark.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gillaspie, Okert return; Nunez goes on DL

Gillaspie, Okert return; Nunez goes on DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants freshened their roster Friday, activating third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the disabled list and recalling left-hander Steven Okert from Triple-A Sacramento.

To accommodate Gillaspie, who was in San Francisco's lineup for the series opener against the New York Mets, the Giants placed utility man Eduardo Nunez on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, with a strained left hamstring. Right-hander Bryan Morris was designated for assignment to clear roster room for Okert, who's in his third tour of duty with the Giants this season.

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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.

Posey delivers another #ASGWorthy effort

Giants catcher (3-for-5, HR, three RBIs) continues impressive 1st half

Posey delivers another #ASGWorthy effort

ATLANTA -- Buster Posey indulges in some southern hospitality every time he comes home to play the Braves. The Leesburg, Ga., native continued his career success Thursday night as he belted his 10th home run in the Giants' 12-11 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Posey ignited the Giants' offensive attack by starting a three-run second inning with a homer. His blast off Braves lefty Jaime Garcia was his sixth in 71 at-bats against a left-hander. He also added two doubles, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants hit 3 HRs, but Cain hit hard in Atlanta

Giants hit 3 HRs, but Cain hit hard in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Courtesy of a few bloops and a couple blasts recorded at SunTrust Park on Thursday night, the Braves constructed an eight-run fifth inning that enabled them to overcome Jaime Garcia's rough start and narrowly claim a 12-11 series-clinching win over the Giants.

"You talk about a roller coaster of emotions," Braves manager Brian Snitker said about the series finale, which started 86 minutes late due to a rain delay. "That's baseball. It's crazy. It just happens. You don't know why. Teams aren't going to lay down. We came roaring back and they came roaring back."

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Shark rights the ship with strong outing

Right-hander strikes out eight, gives up three runs over seven innings

Shark rights the ship with strong outing

ATLANTA -- After giving up eight runs in his last start against the Rockies, Jeff Samardzija knew he had to command his slider and two-seam fastball in order to pitch more effectively.

In Wednesday's 5-3 loss against the Braves, the Giants right-hander was more like himself as he struck out eight batters and didn't allow a walk over seven innings. He got the no-decision but was far more efficient, as 60 of his 79 pitches were strikes.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pence ties it in ninth, but Giants fall in extras

Pence ties it in ninth, but Giants fall in extras

ATLANTA -- Hunter Pence's game-tying home run in the ninth inning gave the Giants a chance to benefit from Jeff Samardzija's effective start. But Matt Kemp was the last to take advantage of SunTrust Park's cozy confines, as his two-run homer off Cory Gearrin gave the Braves a 5-3, 11-inning win over the Giants Wednesday night.

Nick Markakis drew a one-out walk before Kemp drilled a 1-0 slider that snuck over the top of the right-field wall. This was the Braves' third walk-off win within their past five games.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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Slater leads Giants' late charge with big fly

Seven-game skid snapped as San Francisco rallies for five in eighth inning

Slater leads Giants' late charge with big fly

ATLANTA-- Austin Slater's three-run homer provided the elixir to cure the Giants' recent offensive struggles in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves.

Slater's big fly started a five-run eighth inning as the Giants snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Giants put together nine hits and took advantage of some spotty Braves defense to score their first runs in over 16 innings.

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Giants rally late to back Moore's steady start

Giants rally late to back Moore's steady start

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran was cruising toward his finest start of the season before Austin Slater drilled an eighth-inning, three-run homer that rewarded Matt Moore's strong effort and allowed the Giants to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Braves Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

"It's big to get out there, keep plugging away and playing good baseball," Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said. "It feels good to get rewarded for all the hard work and see Matt [Moore] and the bullpen pitch so well. It is a feel-good day."

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Source: Giants sign Ramos, other draftees

Nunez has MRI on hamstring; Crick called up from Triple-A

Source: Giants sign Ramos, other draftees

ATLANTA -- The Giants have reportedly signed 2017 first-round pick Heliot Ramos to a $3,101,700 full-slot deal, a source told MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo on Tuesday afternoon. The club has not officially confirmed the Draft signings.

Ramos was considered the top prospect from Puerto Rico in the Draft, and he has some power potential. The team also reportedly signed second-rounder Jacob Gonzalez, third-rounder Seth Corry, fifth-rounder Jason Bahr and seventh-rounder Logan Harasta, sources told Mayo and MLBPipeline.com reporter Jim Callis.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Cueto to be used as Deadline chip?

Beat reporter Chris Haft answers questions from Giants fans

Inbox: Cueto to be used as Deadline chip?

What big changes do you see for the Giants at the non-waiver Trade Deadline?
-- Mike L., Tucson, Ariz.

Johnny Cueto will be the subject of much trade speculation, largely due to the opt-out clause in his contract that he can exercise after this season. The Giants probably won't want to risk receiving nothing in return but a compensatory pick in next year's Draft if Cueto chooses free agency and signs with another team. However, that opt-out clause presents a two-fold problem for the Giants: It forces them to explore trading him in the first place, though he can continue to bolster the starting rotation; and it also reduces his trade value, since it essentially makes him a "rental." The Giants must hope that a bidding war will develop among contending clubs needing pitching help. If that happens, San Francisco might be able to obtain a decent Minor League prospect for Cueto.

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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.

Posey, Bochy recount Turner Field memories

Giants reflect before first series at SunTrust Park

Posey, Bochy recount Turner Field memories

ATLANTA -- They may have among the broadest geographical separations among National League clubs, but the Giants made their first visit to SunTrust Park with more ties to the Braves than one might imagine.

Buster Posey grew up three hours south of the Majors' newest ballpark, in Leesburg, Ga., and though he admittedly didn't visit Turner Field much, he recalled fond memories of being a Braves fan in the 1990s.

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Cueto solid, but Giants struggle vs. knuckler

Cueto solid, but Giants struggle vs. knuckler

ATLANTA -- R.A. Dickey quickly distanced himself from his worst start of the season and extended the Giants' offensive woes as he helped the Braves take another step toward evening their record with a 9-0 win Monday night at SunTrust Park.

While claiming their third straight win and moving within five games of a .500 record (32-37), the Braves received seven brilliant innings from Dickey, who allowed eight runs to the Nationals in five innings last week. The Braves knuckleballer retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced and 21 of 24 after allowing consecutive hits to begin the first inning.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Giants on Monday.

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Posey holds commanding lead to start ASG

Catcher has nearly double the votes of second-place Contreras

Posey holds commanding lead to start ASG

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey crept closer to emerging on top of the fan balloting among National League catchers for this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, which would result in his second straight starting berth in the Midsummer Classic and his fifth spot on the NL squad overall.

Posey had received 1,890,039 votes in the latest NL voting update announced Monday on MLB Network. Posey, who has remained among the Major League batting leaders through much of the season, has almost doubled the vote total garnered by Chicago's Willson Contreras, who is in second place with 957,933 votes.

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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.

Film work helps Cueto in start vs. Braves

Film work helps Cueto in start vs. Braves

ATLANTA -- Johnny Cueto hit the film room before his start against the Braves and learned that he needed to be more aggressive.

In watching clips from his stellar 2016 season, he noted that he attacked the strike zone more, and that's just what he did Monday against the Braves in the Giants' 9-0 loss at SunTrust Park. Cueto fired seven strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Giants on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants fall on Arenado's walk-off homer

Giants fall on Arenado's walk-off homer

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado completed an improbable cycle with a three-run homer off Mark Melancon in the bottom of the ninth to give the National League West-leading Rockies a 7-5 victory to complete a four-game sweep of the Giants at Coors Field.

"It's getting loud here -- that's the loudest it's ever been," said Arenado, who was serenaded with "MVP" chants after delivering the Rockies' colorful fifth straight win. "I think the fans and people in general are starting to get the hint that we are for real."

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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.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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