Giants' streak snapped by Padres' five-run 3rd

Giants' streak snapped by Padres' five-run 3rd

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Diego Padres backed starter Ian Kennedy and took control with a five-run third inning Wednesday to cruise to a 9-1 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park. The outcome averted a three-game series sweep for the Giants, whose five-game winning streak dissolved.

"We had a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy earning playing time, supports McGehee

Rookie hopes third baseman shakes slump and regains starting role

Duffy earning playing time, supports McGehee

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many of the zealots who manage the Giants on social media, via phone calls to radio talk shows and in the privacy of their recreation rooms doubtlessly have decided that rookie Matt Duffy, not veteran Casey McGehee, should start at third base.

Speaking modestly and sincerely after the Giants' 9-1 loss Wednesday to the San Diego Padres, Duffy insisted he envisions a different solution.

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Posey shares credit for pitchers' success

Catcher was behind plate for Giants' three consecutive shutouts

Posey shares credit for pitchers' success

SAN FRANCISCO -- It follows that when a pitching staff excels, the catcher is at least a secondary source for the success, given his integral part in their collaboration. Thus, when questioned about the subject Wednesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti freely acknowledged catcher Buster Posey's role in the Giants' run of formidable pitching.

Posey caught San Francisco's three consecutive shutouts entering Wednesday, when Andrew Susac took over behind the plate for the series finale against San Diego. According to a formula incorporating various factors, fangraphs.com rated Posey as the Major Leagues' fourth-most efficient catcher, tied with Kansas City's Salvador Perez.

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Hudson first to the hill for Giants against Marlins

Hudson first to the hill for Giants against Marlins

Dan Haren and the Marlins head west for the remainder of their 10-game road trip. If the right-hander continues his strong start, Miami's chances for success Thursday night won't head south against the San Francisco Giants.

Haren (3-1, 2.70 ERA) is slated for his sixth start and first against the defending World Series champions this season. In his last outing, he tossed six shutout innings Saturday for a victory over the Phillies. Haren has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his five starts this season.

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Brilliant Vogelsong bounces back in style

Brilliant Vogelsong bounces back in style

SAN FRANCISCO -- Combine Ryan Vogelsong's competitiveness and resolve with some proper technique, and you get the masterly sort of performance he delivered Tuesday night.

This was not the Vogelsong who endured a disaster in his previous start last Wednesday, when the Dodgers raked him for four homers and six runs in three innings. The AT&T Park audience saw Vogelsong at his best, as he combined his usual determination with mechanical precision for seven innings, while the Giants subdued the San Diego Padres, 6-0.

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Vogelsong shuts down Padres as win streak hits 5

Vogelsong shuts down Padres as win streak hits 5

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong worked seven shutout innings and received ample offensive support Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants lengthened their three winning streaks to five overall, eight at home and three via the shutout, with a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Having allowed four homers and six runs in three innings against the Dodgers in his start last Wednesday, Vogelsong (1-2) underwent a complete reversal. He surrendered three hits, all singles, to the National League's highest scoring team, which left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. That occurred after Matt Kemp's bid for a three-run homer died in the glove of left fielder Nori Aoki, who made a leaping catch a couple steps in front of the wall.

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Lyle Spencer

Crawford, Panik developing into an elite tandem

Crawford, Panik developing into an elite tandem

SAN FRANCISCO -- One of Brandon Crawford's personal initiatives coming into his fifth Major League season was to convince Giants manager Bruce Bochy that he's something more than a No. 8 hitter in the lineup of the reigning World Series champions.

Elevated to the No. 5 slot on Tuesday night against the Padres' Andrew Cashner, Crawford -- the team leader in homers (five) and RBIs (15) -- responded with a convincing argument for staying in that neighborhood with a double, two singles and a walk. He scored twice and drove in a run in a 6-0 victory crafted by starter Ryan Vogelsong.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happy 84th birthday to MLB legend Willie Mays!

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Happy 84th birthday to MLB legend Willie Mays!

Willie Mays' 3,283 career hits, 660 home runs, .941 lifetime OPS, two NL MVP Awards and the 1951 Rookie of the Year Award give him all the introduction he needs. 

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Romo getting crafty in pursuit of punchouts

Romo getting crafty in pursuit of punchouts

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Sergio Romo isn't throwing any harder. But, entering his seventh full Major League season, he's throwing better in certain ways.

Romo entered Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres with 15 strikeouts in nine innings, exceeding the personal-best 13.1 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio he recorded in 2011. The 32-year-old attributed his prodigious punchout pace to a combination of physical and mental factors.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pagan scratched due to lacerated middle finger

Pagan scratched due to lacerated middle finger

SAN FRANCISCO -- Center fielder Angel Pagan was scratched from the Giants' lineup Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres with a lacerated left middle finger.

Pagan sustained the injury in Monday's series opener when he was accidentally spiked in a baserunning incident. After missing significant playing time due to various ailments in each of the previous two seasons, Pagan had started all but one of San Francisco's previous 26 games this year, his lone absence coming April 12 at San Diego

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MadBum prompts thoughts of no-no vs. Padres

MadBum prompts thoughts of no-no vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before allowing a hit to Justin Upton, one of the few blights in a dominant start as the Giants defeated the Padres, 2-0, at AT&T Park.

Bumgarner (3-1) allowed consecutive singles to Upton and Yangervis Solarte to begin the seventh inning but little else. He allowed one walk and had six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

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Lyle Spencer

MadBum exacts revenge on NL West rivals

Giants ace masterful in atoning for subpar April start at Petco Park

MadBum exacts revenge on NL West rivals

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three weeks earlier, in San Diego, the Padres had been downright rude to Madison Bumgarner. The Southern gentleman couldn't have cared much for it, even if he elected to keep his thoughts to himself.

Getting even, and maybe just a tad mad, Bumgarner did to the Padres on Monday night in a 2-0 Giants victory at AT&T Park what they had done to him at Petco Park in producing 10 hits and five runs across three innings on April 11. He humbled them -- and then dismissed the subject as quickly as he'd dispatched the rebuilt National League West rivals.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants trying to keep backup catchers sharp

With Susac as primary replacement for Posey, Sanchez could be sent down

Giants trying to keep backup catchers sharp

SAN FRANCISCO -- A pitching machine was set up at shortstop Monday afternoon at AT&T Park, shooting baseballs toward Giants backup catchers Andrew Susac and Hector Sanchez at home. For Sanchez, it's about the only time he's getting behind the plate these days.

Ever since the team called up Susac from Triple-A Sacramento on April 18 after Jake Peavy (back) was sent to the 15-day disabled list, Sanchez has been limited to pinch-hitting duties.

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Bumgarner's gem rescues Giants' defense

Ace allows two hits in 7 1/3 innings to mask team's four errors

Bumgarner's gem rescues Giants' defense

SAN FRANCISCO -- Perhaps lost in Madison Bumgarner's masterful performance during Monday's 2-0 Giants win over the Padres was the fact that San Francisco committed a season-high four errors.

But Bumgarner's brilliance wiped out any miscues on the field, as he held the Padres hitless for six innings before the Padres broke through with harmless back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh. In all, Bumgarner worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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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.

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings and the Giants swept, capping a thrilling weekend series at AT&T Park with a 5-0 win over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.

Lincecum gave up just three hits and a walk, striking out four while moving his ERA to 2.40. The Giants (12-13) began the game with back-to-back homers by Nori Aoki and Joe Panik, on their way to a 10-hit effort, and have now won eight of their last 11.

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Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aoki, Panik power Giants to quick advantage

Duo hit back-to-back leadoff homers as San Francisco sweeps Angels

Aoki, Panik power Giants to quick advantage

SAN FRANCISCO -- Going into Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, it was hard to imagine a more unlikely Giants duo to hit back-to-back home runs than leadoff hitter Nori Aoki and second baseman Joe Panik.

Aoki hadn't hit a home run since Aug. 5 at Arizona -- his lone homer last season. Panik hadn't homered since Game 5 of the National League Championship Series last year against St. Louis and had just one regular-season homer in 2014.

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Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence took pregame batting practice on the field Sunday for the first time since breaking his left arm in Spring Training.

Pence took three rounds of batting practice and hit three home runs, one into the left-field stands and two to the left-center seats.

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Giants hold off Angels to reward Hudson

Giants hold off Angels to reward Hudson

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nori Aoki and Casey McGehee had some timely hits, and Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey went deep, providing enough cushion for a highly effective Tim Hudson in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Hudson held the Angels to two hits -- solo homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- in eight-plus innings, leading his team to its seventh win in the last 10 games and dropping his ERA to 3.78.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

Panik in position to field grounder, but Featherston can't avoid ball

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Joyce's two-out line drive in a one-run game in Saturday's ninth inning was hit directly into the shift, so chances are Giants second baseman Joe Panik gobbles it up, fires to first and records the final out regardless.

But Joyce would've loved to see it play out.

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Lyle Spencer

Hudson treasures season's first win

Giants veteran falls short of complete game but gets victory in nail-biter

Hudson treasures season's first win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitchers get old, but the magic of a "W" next to their name in a box score never does.

Tim Hudson knows the feeling -- both feelings, actually -- better than any active starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. The man with the wicked sinker and classic command is 10 weeks shy of 40, and the great B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" does not apply to his reaction to win No. 215 of a superb career. That's seven more W's than any pitcher still plying the demanding trade has experienced, Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia each at 208.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGehee starting to find comfort level with SF

Giants third baseman tallies three hits, RBI against Angels

McGehee starting to find comfort level with SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was no secret that Casey McGehee's first month with the Giants was a difficult one. After hitting .169 in April and hitting into eight double plays, McGehee was an easy target for fan criticism. But he had the Giants faithful standing on their feet Saturday afternoon, as the veteran third baseman left his mark on the 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he thinks it was just a matter of time before McGehee figured out his problems after a knee injury sidelined him for four games in mid-April. But McGehee isn't using his balky knee as an excuse for his slow start.

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Peavy has encouraging bullpen session

Pence works in outfield; Ishikawa 'starting to come around'

Peavy has encouraging bullpen session

SAN FRANCISCO -- Injured Giants right-hander Jake Peavy threw off the mound Saturday for the first time since April 17. Peavy has been working through back problems since missing a scheduled start April 7, but said he didn't feel any discomfort during the bullpen session at AT&T Park.

"It's hard when you haven't been on the mound in a little bit," Peavy said. "You get on the mound and you want to be sharp, get things done. The biggest thing was to just see how my body felt. Felt quite a bit better. Still got a ways to go, but I think we're heading in the right direction. I'm excited about it."

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Fellow umps mock Miller with tape outline after foul

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Fellow umps mock Miller with tape outline after foul

Umpires aren't exactly known for their collective sense of humor. Dance skills, maybe. But jokes? Not so much. That might be changing, though, now that Bill Miller has become the butt of the latest "chalk outline" joke.

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Panik starts Giants' May on right foot

Panik starts Giants' May on right foot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Having posted a 9-13 April record, their worst for the season's first month since 1991 (8-12), the Giants needed to open May in rousing fashion.

They accomplished that with their third consecutive walk-off home triumph, a 3-2 Interleague decision over the Angels furnished by pinch-hitter Joe Panik's two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning.

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Giants edge Angels on Panik's walk-off single

Giants edge Angels on Panik's walk-off single

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's two-out, pinch-hit single with the bases loaded broke a ninth-inning deadlock Friday night and lifted the Giants to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels. It was San Francisco's third walk-off win of the season and the second delivered by Panik.

With the score tied, 2-2, Buster Posey led off the ninth against Angels reliever Joe Smith by beating out an infield single on a high-bouncing grounder up the middle. Justin Maxwell's sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Gregor Blanco to second base, and Smith threw a ball-four wild pitch that moved Blanco to third and put Andrew Susac on first. Smith recovered by striking out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt, then he intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to set up a forceout at any base. Panik rendered the strategy moot by lining a 1-1 pitch into center field.

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