Giants rebound in 10th to gain Wild Card tie

Giants rebound in 10th to gain Wild Card tie

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants won a game in which Madison Bumgarner allowed three home runs and the bullpen blew a save.

However, San Francisco did enough things right to claim a 9-6 victory and a share of the lead in the National League's crowded Wild Card race Saturday, as Denard Span's two-run homer punctuated a three-run, tiebreaking outburst in the 10th inning.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

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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Nunez picks up Posey with hustle, great grab

Nunez picks up Posey with hustle, great grab

SAN DIEGO -- Eduardo Nunez proved that his speed can help the Giants defensively, too, as he made a startling and spectacular play Saturday to record an out that briefly appeared elusive.

Leading off San Diego's half of the third inning in San Francisco's 9-6, 10-inning victory, Carlos Asuaje lifted a foul popup behind home plate. Giants catcher Buster Posey couldn't locate the ball, which all but disappeared against the gray early-evening sky.

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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 send rookie to oppose Padres' Richard in finale

Giants send rookie to oppose Padres' Richard in finale

The Giants will send Ty Blach to the mound in Sunday's finale vs. the Padres, who counter with lefty Clayton Richard. San Francisco enters the day tied with the Mets atop the National League Wild Card standings, a half-game ahead of the Cardinals.

Blach is filling in for Johnny Cueto, who is continuing to recover from a left groin strain he sustained during his Tuesday start vs. the Dodgers. Blach has thrown in two games for the Giants this season as a reliever, but will be making his first Major League start after posting a 3.43 ERA in 26 starts with Triple-A Sacramento this year.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blach expected to take Cueto's start vs. Padres

Blach expected to take Cueto's start vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Ty Blach is nothing like Johnny Cueto. Yet Blach will try his best to emulate the leading winner of the Giants' rotation when he replaces Cueto as Sunday's starter against the San Diego Padres.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy included the qualifier "right now" while naming Blach to pitch, indicating Cueto (17-5) remained a long-shot possibility to recover sufficiently from his strained left groin in time to face the Padres.

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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 fall behind Mets in Wild Card with loss to Padres

Giants fall behind Mets in Wild Card with loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- While interested observers were dwelling on the San Francisco Giants' faulty relief pitching, their offense was starting to go bad. Now it's downright sour, as Friday night's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres demonstrated.

Facing erratic right-hander Edwin Jackson, who at times possesses superlative stuff yet entered the game with a 6.00 ERA in 19 appearances, the Giants mustered four hits and both of their runs off him in six innings. San Francisco has scored 12 runs in its past seven games and ranks last in the National League with 23 runs in September.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

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.

Fifth inning goes awry for Reynolds, Giants

Fifth inning goes awry for Reynolds, Giants

SAN DIEGO -- To say that Friday night's fifth inning didn't proceed as planned for the Giants was an understatement.

They scored twice in the top of the inning to shave the difference to one run. Then came the Padres' half of the fifth, which didn't end until they scored four runs to seal their 7-2 triumph over San Francisco.

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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 top Padres, maintain hold on WC spot

Giants top Padres, maintain hold on WC spot

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants finally benefited from those lucky breaks they've claimed to be missing in recent weeks, as Angel Pagan's eighth-inning bloop single broke a scoreless tie Thursday and propelled San Francisco to a 2-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The win moved the Giants one-half game ahead of the idle Cardinals and kept them tied with the Mets in the National League Wild Card spots. San Francisco and New York -- which beat Philadelphia in 11 innings Thursday -- are both 81-72 with nine regular-season games left to play.

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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.

Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Consistent' Samardzija gives Giants big outing

'Consistent' Samardzija gives Giants big outing

SAN DIEGO -- The power of Jeff Samardzija's pitching Thursday night created the distinct impression that he could have lasted into the 10th inning or beyond against the Padres.

Of course, working overtime was unnecessary for Samardzija and the rest of the Giants, who mustered a pair of eighth-inning runs and made them stand up in a 2-1 triumph over San Diego at Petco Park that kept San Francisco in possession of a National League Wild Card spot.

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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.

Vote: Bumgarner up for Best Pitcher

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Bumgarner up for Best Pitcher

Some get it done with pure heat. Some dazzle with cartoonish curveballs. Some are so dialed in with command that they'd seemingly be able to paint the corners of the strike zone while blindfolded.

But when it comes to being an elite pitcher in the Major Leagues, only one thing really matters: getting hitters out.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants miss big Wild Card opportunity in LA

Giants miss big Wild Card opportunity in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Presented with a chance to regain some of their long-lost momentum, the Giants reacted as they have done with virtually every opportunity in recent weeks. They couldn't capitalize.

San Francisco took the field Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium knowing that the Mets and Cardinals, their rivals in the National League Wild Card competition, already had lost. A victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers would put the Giants back on top of the NL Wild Card standings. But instead of delivering an aggressive response, San Francisco offered only an ineffectual retreat in the form of a 9-3 loss.

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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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Moore's early exit provides unique opportunity

Moore's early exit provides unique opportunity

LOS ANGELES -- The 9-3 spanking that the Giants received from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night became a glamorized side session for the leading candidates to replace Johnny Cueto as Sunday's starter at San Diego.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy emphasized that Cueto, who sustained a strained left groin in Tuesday night's game, hasn't been ruled out from taking his regular turn.

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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 drops in on Dodgers legend Scully

Bochy drops in on Dodgers legend Scully

LOS ANGELES -- Before leaving town, Giants manager Bruce Bochy made sure to deliver a heartfelt, respectful farewell to Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers broadcaster who's retiring at the end of the regular season.

Bochy fondly reminisced about the many times Scully stopped by his office in the visitors' clubhouse. This time, Bochy said he felt "humbled" to return the favor and "honored" to set foot in Scully's booth -- "to see where he does his magic."

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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.

A bullpen mix-up resulted in a frustrated Bruce Bochy

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A bullpen mix-up resulted in a frustrated Bruce Bochy

You'll have to forgive Bruce Bochy if it appeared as though he lost his sense of humor for a moment. With the Giants clinging to a 1-0 lead over the Dodgers in the sixth inning on Tuesday night, one of Bochy's best starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, left the game with a groin injury. Given that the Giants are currently in a dramatic three-way race for the two NL Wild Card spots, the early departure of Cueto was obviously an unwelcome development.

After the injury, Bochy went to the mound to call for Cueto's replacement and right-handed reliever George Kontos trotted out from the bullpen. We've seen that scene play out a million times. Manager makes a call to the bullpen; reliever trots in; manager hands him the ball; baseball is played. Except this time we were treated to this instead:

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Giants' win forges Wild Card tie

Giants' win forges Wild Card tie

LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants picked on their longtime nemesis Tuesday night and, in doing so, picked up a couple of fresh rivals.

The Giants' 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers left them tied with the Mets in the competition for the National League's two Wild Card postseason spots. Each possess an 80-71 records, with the Cardinals, who lost to the Rockies, 11-1, on Wednesday afternoon, a half-game back. In the NL West race, San Francisco kept pace with first-place Los Angeles, whose magic number remained at seven, as Eduardo Nunez homered following a crew-chief review in the fifth inning and Brandon Belt went deep in the ninth. Sergio Romo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the 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.

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Giants don't elaborate on Bumgarner's exit

Giants don't elaborate on Bumgarner's exit

LOS ANGELES -- One day after Giants manager Bruce Bochy removed Madison Bumgarner from Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the timing of the left-hander's exit remained mysterious.

Bochy entrusted the game to the bullpen -- which allowed the tying and winning runs in the ninth inning of a 2-1 Dodgers victory -- after Bumgarner allowed one hit, Yasiel Puig's second-inning double, in seven innings. Bumgarner also walked none and struck out 10.

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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.

This photo of the Giants' bullpen is MLB's new meme

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This photo of the Giants' bullpen is MLB's new meme

The Giants and Dodgers got into a little scuffle in the seventh inning of Los Angeles' 2-1 walk-off win on Monday:

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Walk-off loss drops Giants into tie for 2nd Wild Card

Walk-off loss drops Giants into tie for 2nd Wild Card

LOS ANGELES -- The scene changed but the result remained the same for the San Francisco Giants, who squandered another ninth-inning lead as the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed Monday night, 2-1, on Adrian Gonzalez's walk-off double.

The outcome lengthened the Dodgers' National League West lead over the second-place Giants to six games. San Francisco remained a game behind the Mets and fell into a tie with St. Louis for second place in the Wild Card 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.

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Bumgarner does his part with stellar start

Bumgarner does his part with stellar start

LOS ANGELES -- Unlike the Giants' bullpen, Madison Bumgarner experienced little trouble recording outs Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yet nobody offered a clear explanation for Bumgarner's removal after he sustained a seven-inning one-hitter and eclipsed Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in San Francisco's 2-1 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.

Feud between Bumgarner, Puig flares again

Benches clear after Giants pitcher takes exception to Dodgers outfielder

Feud between Bumgarner, Puig flares again

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner resumed their hostilities Monday night, prompting both benches and bullpens to empty by jawing at each other in a seventh-inning confrontation of Los Angeles' 2-1 walk-off win.

It all began when Puig, who doubled in the second inning for the lone hit off Bumgarner, tapped a comebacker. Bumgarner fielded the ball between the mound and first base and threw to Brandon Belt for the out.

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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.

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Statcast of the Day: Nunez's speed aids Giants

Statcast of the Day: Nunez's speed aids Giants

Monday night's matchup between the Giants and Dodgers featured two of planet Earth's best pitchers in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the Majors. So, any baseball fan would expect runs to be hard to come by and they were in the Dodgers' 2-1 win.

Aces Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner had put up dueling zeros in the first two frames at Dodger Stadium, and Kershaw had retired the first two Giants in the top of the third when Eduardo Nunez strode to the plate. Nunez has been battling a sore back in recent days, and could be seen trying to loosen up before he dug in to the batter's box. But on an 0-1 count, Nunez hit a dribbler just past Kershaw's glove and on to second baseman Chase Utley.

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Vin Scully's call of the Bumgarner-Puig incident

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Vin Scully's call of the Bumgarner-Puig incident

On Monday night, the Giants and Dodgers opened up a crucial three-game set in Los Angeles. As expected, the game definitely lived up to the hype, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw dueling until the Dodgers pulled out a come-from-behind 2-1 win that wasn't without some Major League drama.

In the seventh inning, an exchange between Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig led to a benches-clearing incident around the first-base bag. Remember, it's September and emotions are high. Postseason positions are at stake, after all. 

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Baby thrust into heated Giants vs Dodgers debate

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Baby thrust into heated Giants vs Dodgers debate

Baseball is not without its rivalries and disagreements. Sandwich vs. not a sandwichglove or no glove, Giants or Dodgers ... the debates rage on a daily basis.

Monday night's marquee matchup between Madison Bumgarner's Giants and Clayton Kershaw's Dodgers in Los Angeles put one of the game's biggest, most heated rivalries on full display ... and put this youngster in the midst of the whole conversation. 

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Giants' bullpen woes have vexed skipper Bochy

Giants' bullpen woes have vexed skipper Bochy

LOS ANGELES -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who's renowned for his orchestration of the bullpen, acknowledged Monday that this has been "the most trying season for me" due to the relievers' erratic performance overall.

Bochy's season, along with San Francisco's, remained on its rugged path Monday when the Giants lost, 2-1, to the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers. Four consecutive Dodgers hits erased the Giants' 1-0 edge and resulted in San Francisco's 30th blown save of the season.

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Giants drop to second Wild Card slot with loss

Giants drop to second Wild Card slot with loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- The conclusion of a four-game set at AT&T Park on Sunday may have ushered in the final fortnight of the regular season, but it did nothing to separate a pair of Wild Card contenders standing precisely as they were when the series began. On the heels of an emotional, come-from-behind win, the Cardinals sealed a series split with Sunday's 3-0 victory, one highlighted by a spectacular start from rookie Alex Reyes.

The Cardinals' ninth shutout win of the season pulled them to within one game of the Giants in the National League Wild Card standings. However, while these two clubs battled to a series split, the Mets inched ahead of both. New York holds a one-game advantage over San Francisco.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Vote: MLB Awards balloting begins

Fans have say in who takes home hardware for 2016

Vote: MLB Awards balloting begins

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide the annual Esurance MLB Awards, recognizing 20 suspenseful categories and starting right now with Best Major Leaguer, Best Hitter, Best Pitcher and Best Rookie.

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters and fans like you at MLB.com.

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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.

Despite loss, Suarez solid in Giants' rotation

Despite loss, Suarez solid in Giants' rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was searching for stability at the back end of his starting rotation in August. He's clearly found it with Albert Suarez.

After returning from Triple-A Sacramento on Aug. 27, the 26-year-old rookie has settled into the role as the team's fifth starter, providing the Giants with another solid outing Sunday in the club's 3-0 loss to the Cardinals.

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Police officer uses hat to make foul ball catch

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Police officer uses hat to make foul ball catch

If you don't bring a glove to the ballpark, you're given two choices should a foul ball come your way: Make a fearless barehanded grab or, if you happen to be wearing a hat, use said accessory as a makeshift receptacle.

Obviously, police officers cannot bring gloves with them when on duty at a game, since they're working. One officer during the Cardinals' 3-0 win over the Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday was positioned behind the home-plate area when a ninth-inning foul ball made its way toward him. 

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