Morse joins Giants as Span lands on DL

Crawford placed on bereavement list; Tomlinson called up

Morse joins Giants as Span lands on DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- Denard Span's road to recovery led the center fielder along a wayward path Wednesday when the Giants placed him on the 10-day disabled list.

Officially, Spam has a sternoclavicular joint sprain. In practical terms, he banged his right shoulder into the outfield wall at Coors Field last Saturday when he made an extended run to haul in a drive by Colorado's Charlie Blackmon.

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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.

Strong Blach loses rematch with Kershaw

Strong Blach loses rematch with Kershaw

SAN FRANCISCO -- Creating another episode in what could develop into a long-running series, Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco's Ty Blach combined to forge their second compelling matchup in as many meetings Tuesday as the Dodgers outlasted the Giants, 2-1.

Kershaw played the role of an ace perfectly as he yielded San Francisco's lone run and six hits in seven innings. Kershaw pitched nearly the entire game in discomfort, having been hit on the right calf by the first batter he faced, Hunter Pence.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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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Giants to miss Crawford for at least 2 days

Shortstop strains groin before heading to sister-in-law's funeral

Giants to miss Crawford for at least 2 days

SAN FRANCISCO -- You might say that Giants manager Bruce Bochy feels hamstrung, though he'd probably prefer not to use a body part as an expression to describe his club's injury predicament.

Given the Giants' shortage of able-bodied position players, they might be fortunate that the 2-1 setback they were dealt Tuesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers did not extend into extra innings. With their luck, they just might have run out of players.

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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.

That time Mitchell caught a fly barehanded

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That time Mitchell caught a fly barehanded

Since the late 19th century, baseball has been played with gloves. There's obviously a pretty good reason for that: Baseballs are hard, and catching one with your bare hands at high speed is no fun. The process was hardly a straight line -- when first baseman Charles Waitt became the first confirmed glove-wearer back in 1875, he made it skin-colored in hopes that no one would notice and was roundly mocked by opposing fans -- but eventually, everyone gave in.

Everyone, that is, save for longtime Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell. Sure, Mitchell presumably used a glove for most of his 745 games in left field. But that was clearly all for show -- just ask Ozzie Smith.

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Ty Blach has three hits off Clayton Kershaw

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Ty Blach has three hits off Clayton Kershaw

Starter Ty Blach got called up to the Giants on Tuesday to start for the injured Madison Bumgarner. To pitch, presumably, against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. But you see, Blach does more than just pitch well against Kershaw, he also owns the three-time Cy Young Award winner at the plate. Before Tuesday, his only two hits of his career were off the lefty. Observe below from October 2016.

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Bumgarner won't need surgery on shoulder

Bumgarner won't need surgery on shoulder

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that left-hander Madison Bumgarner will not require surgery on his sprained left shoulder and could begin light workouts in four to five days, but that won't accelerate the timetable of the ace pitcher's recovery -- mainly because no timetable exists yet.

Bumgarner, who sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in a dirt-bike accident outside of Denver during last Thursday's scheduled off-day, is believed to need at least two months of recovery.

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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.

Giants hold off Dodgers to preserve Cain's win

Giants hold off Dodgers to preserve Cain's win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Expect drama when the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers tangle. The longtime rivals engaged in another compelling confrontation Monday night, as the Giants limited Los Angeles to four hits and withstood late Dodgers rallies to prevail, 2-1.

The Giants entered the opener of this four-game series having lost six of their previous seven games. However, starter Matt Cain worked six shutout innings to claim his first victory over Los Angeles since May 5, 2013, with assistance on defense from catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Christian Arroyo, who made his Major League debut.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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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Dodgers twice thwarted by Posey's clutch arm

Dodgers twice thwarted by Posey's clutch arm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers have been having enough trouble at home plate lately and on Monday night they didn't know what to do around second base either.

In a 2-1 loss to the Giants, the Dodgers had the potential tying run thrown out at second in the eighth and ninth innings, both times by Giants franchise catcher Buster Posey.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain's strong start ends early with injury

Cain's strong start ends early with injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Matt Cain suddenly was removed from Monday night's 2-1 victory over the Dodgers in the middle of a masterly performance due to a tight right hamstring.

Cain, who allowed two hits in six innings to record his first victory over Los Angeles since May 5, 2013, wasn't certain whether he'd make his next scheduled start.

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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.

Giants No. 2 prospect Arroyo makes MLB debut

Giants No. 2 prospect Arroyo makes MLB debut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Christian Arroyo was off to the kind of start that befits legends. But that wasn't enough to convince his mother he had been promoted to the Major Leagues before Monday's 2-1 Giants victory over the Dodgers.

Triple-A Sacramento manager Dave Brundage lured Arroyo to report to Raley Field at 1:30 p.m. for a night game at 7 under the ruse of engaging in early practice. Brundage gave Arroyo the big news, which spread quickly in the clubhouse.

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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.

Bumgarner focused on recovery from accident

Bumgarner focused on recovery from accident

SAN FRANCISCO -- Admitting that riding a motorized dirt bike was "definitely not the most responsible decision I've made," Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner vowed to remain "as positive as I can be" when he launches his comeback from spraining the AC joint in his pitching shoulder and sustaining bruised ribs.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his accident occurred outside Denver last Thursday, when the Giants had a scheduled off-day, Bumgarner indicated he felt he let the team down by sidelining himself.

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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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Jim Callis

What to expect: Christian Arroyo

What to expect: Christian Arroyo

The Giants aren't afraid to buck the consensus in the Draft. They weren't scared off by Tim Lincecum's smaller frame and unorthodox delivery, focusing instead on his unhittable stuff when they took him 10th overall in 2006. They didn't care that most clubs hung third-round grades on Joe Panik, believing enough in his bat and his makeup to select him 29th overall in 2011.

In 2013, San Francisco grew enamored of Hernando High (Brooksville, Fla.) shortstop Christian Arroyo's hitting ability. Other clubs questioned where he would play and whether he had another standout tool, and few, if any, saw him as a first-round talent. The Giants did, signing him for $1,866,500 with the No. 25 choice.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romo 'stoked' for return to San Francisco

Romo 'stoked' for return to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- While the Giants were taking batting practice at AT&T Park on Monday, there was black and orange everywhere with one spot of Dodger Blue: Sergio Romo, hanging with his old pals.

Romo literally made the rounds, touching and talking to former teammates, having a lengthy exchange with Giants manager Bruce Bochy, renewing acquaintances with security guards and media and all the backstage workers that ballplayers come to know when they are lucky enough to spend the better part of a decade with one club.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy wants 'sense of urgency' from Giants

Bochy wants 'sense of urgency' from Giants

DENVER -- The Giants have resorted to tinkering with the outfield, which is something their decision-makers said they wouldn't do as this season approached.

Now the season has begun, and it has begun for the Giants more dreadfully than even the harshest critic might have predicted. San Francisco's woes continued Sunday with an 8-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies that followed a familiar theme: A near-total lack of offense accompanied by flimsy starting pitching.

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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.

Giants go quietly in road-trip finale

Giants go quietly in road-trip finale

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.

Gerardo Parra homered and drove in three runs to lead a balanced Rockies offense that complemented rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland's seven-inning effort. The combined shutout completed Colorado's first three-game home sweep of the Giants since May 24-26, 2002, and kept the Rockies (13-6) atop the National League West standings.

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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.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Weird science: Pence appears on Nye's show

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Weird science: Pence appears on Nye's show

Bill Nye The Science Guy (BILL! BILL! BILL!) has a new show on Netflix called "Bill Nye Saves the World." It's a 13-episode affair in which Bill brings in experts and special guests to refute anti-scientific claims and explore problems that affect our everyday lives. One of those special guests was three-time All-Star/player you'd most likely mistake for an actual scientist: Hunter Pence.

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Moore's Colorado struggles continue in loss

Moore's Colorado struggles continue in loss

DENVER -- For Rockies rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela, facing the Giants spurs growth. On Saturday night -- for the second time in a week -- Senzatela threw seven stellar innings while shutting down the Giants, this time in a 12-3 victory at Coors Field.

After being fastball-dominant early in Sunday's 4-3 victory at AT&T Park, Senzatela said he worked on the "chop," or the downward break, of his slider. This time he mixed his best slider of the season early, plus he threw a small number of effective changeups.

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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, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Span sprains shoulder making catch at wall

Span sprains shoulder making catch at wall

DENVER -- The Giants' outfield woes continued Saturday night as center fielder Denard Span sustained a mild right shoulder sprain while colliding with the wall during San Francisco's 12-3 loss to Colorado.

Though Span told MLB.com that X-rays were negative, manager Bruce Bochy said the 33-year-old might need a couple of days of rest before he can play again.

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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.

Stratton brings relief to Giants' pitching staff

Stratton brings relief to Giants' pitching staff

DENVER -- On a night when the Colorado Rockies handed them a 12-3 loss, the Giants honestly could say the most redeeming aspect of their performance involved pitching.

Right-hander Chris Stratton, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento after Madison Bumgarner's dirt-bike mishap, pitched three hitless innings after starter Matt Moore put the Giants in a 6-3 hole.

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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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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Melancon discusses ups and downs

Giants' closer hasn't always had straight path in Majors

Q&A: Melancon discusses ups and downs

Mark Melancon faced challenges early in his career, from injuries to demotions. However, he looks back at them as blessings.

The Colorado native has turned into a three-time All-Star, the 2015 National League leader in saves with 51 and, now, the top free-agent signing by the Giants during the offseason.

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

Belt's power intensified by Coors Field

Belt's power intensified by Coors Field

DENVER -- The list of hitters who love performing at Coors Field is a long one, and Brandon Belt is near the top of the list.

The Giants first baseman has hit 10 career home runs at Coors Field, including a drive during Friday night's series opener that traveled a projected 456 feet, according to Statcast™.

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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.

Giants burned by Rockies' 2-homer inning

Giants burned by Rockies' 2-homer inning

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies packed their offense into Friday night's fourth inning, as Trevor Story's grand slam preceded Charlie Blackmon's two-run, inside-the-park homer in a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Giants starter Johnny Cueto entered the game with a 7-0 record and a 1.47 ERA in his last eight starts against the Rockies. That didn't matter to Colorado, which defeated San Francisco for the fourth time in five games, as Cueto yielded all six Rockies runs along with eight hits in five innings.

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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.

Owen Perkins is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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Dirt-bike accident sends Bumgarner to DL

Giants' ace will reportedly be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with left shoulder injury

Dirt-bike accident sends Bumgarner to DL

DENVER -- Any thoughts or actions the Giants devote toward maintaining their postseason contender status will be tempered by the multiple injuries that ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner sustained in a dirt-bike accident Thursday.

Indulging in what he thought would be harmless recreation on a scheduled off-day, Bumgarner sustained bruised ribs and a Grade 1 or 2 AC sprain in his pitching shoulder, the Giants announced Friday. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Bumgarner is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, though the Giants would not confirm that.

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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.

Giants solve Chatwood before falling to Rockies

Giants solve Chatwood before falling to Rockies

DENVER -- Those seeking good news from the Giants must dwell upon a largely ignored but still significant aspect of Friday's 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

The Giants mustered some decent offense against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, amassing four runs and seven hits in six innings off the right-hander. They even batted around in the second inning, when they scored three runs. This was the same Chatwood who twirled a two-hit shutout at San Francisco last Saturday.

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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.

Bochy back, 'ready to roll' after heart procedure

Bochy back, 'ready to roll' after heart procedure

DENVER -- Despite the sobering news about Madison Bumgarner's trip to the disabled list, Bruce Bochy felt relieved to resume his managerial duties Friday.

Bochy, 62, underwent a minor heart procedure Monday to repair an ablation to alleviate discomfort he was experiencing due to an atrial flutter. He rested at his San Diego home during the Giants' two-game Interleague series at Kansas City.

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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.

Inbox: Posey best suited strictly at first?

Beat reporter Chris Haft answers questions from Giants fans

Inbox: Posey best suited strictly at first?

Why not play Buster Posey at first base 100 percent of the time?
-- Larry P., Los Angeles

The Giants believe that Posey is a significant enough asset defensively to keep him behind the plate. But as you're implying, I also see Posey's offensive production dwindling prematurely if he continues to catch regularly. San Francisco might not seriously reconsider its current use of Posey unless his offensive output plummets severely during an upcoming season.

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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.