Span motors to inside-the-park homer

Span motors to inside-the-park homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants center fielder Denard Span relied on a fortunate carom and his determined baserunning to record his first career inside-the-park home run Saturday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Facing Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff, Span led off the first inning with a drive to right-center field that scooted toward center and away from Phillies right fielder Cameron Perkins after the ball bounced off the wall. Span's batting helmet flew off as he headed toward third base, and he scored easily to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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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.

Cueto projected for two rehab starts

Cueto projected for two rehab starts

SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto's second chance at a Minor League rehab assignment begins Monday at Triple-A Sacramento, where he will throw 50 to 60 pitches.

The Giants expect Cueto, a two-time All-Star, to make two rehab starts before feeling ready to rejoin the rotation.

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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 to show personality in Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Giants to show personality in Players Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO -- The opportunity to embrace creativity particularly excites the Giants as they consider the fun that awaits them during the inaugural Players Weekend, which is scheduled for Aug. 25-27.

• Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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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 seeking to repeat dominance of Phils

Blach seeking to repeat dominance of Phils

Giants lefty Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA) undoubtedly remembers his only career start against the Phillies. That's because it happened to be his first shutout.

The rookie allowed seven hits on June 2 at Philadelphia while also showing patience at the plate with three walks. In doing so, he became the third pitcher in the last 100 years to draw three walks while blanking the opponent in runs and walks in a complete-game win.

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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 romp early, cruise behind Moore

Giants romp early, cruise behind Moore

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants wasted no time in becoming the latest National League West team to see Phillies starter Zach Eflin well, notching three runs in the first and adding three more over the second and third innings in San Francisco's 10-2 win over Philadelphia at AT&T Park on Friday.

"No question, early runs, it's a good thing for everybody," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Moore turns in cheer-worthy start vs. Phillies

Moore turns in cheer-worthy start vs. Phillies

SAN FRANCISCO -- The AT&T Park audience began cheering Matt Moore before he left the pitcher's mound Friday night. Aware that Moore's effort was well worth saluting, those fans couldn't wait to express their appreciation for him.

Moore earned the applause by yielding two hits in 7 1/3 innings to guide San Francisco to a 10-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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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.

Melancon could need offseason surgery

Melancon could need offseason surgery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite enduring physical challenges, facing the possibility of arm surgery and being usurped as the Giants' closer, right-hander Mark Melancon is striving to focus on his most basic task -- pitching -- while these issues swirl around him.

The Giants plucked Melancon from free agency last offseason by giving him a four-year, $62 million contract. Given the club's considerable struggles and Melancon's two trips to the disabled list with a right pronator strain, it's fair to say this year has been a distressing one for all parties concerned.

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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.

Bonds shows old skills with basket catch

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Bonds shows old skills with basket catch

It's been 10 years since Barry Bonds last played in a Major League game. He might have been known more for his late-career exploits at the plate, but back in his prime, few outfielders were better defenders than Bonds. After all, he took home eight Gold Glove Awards in the 1990s.

So, while visiting the Giants prior to their Friday night game against the Phillies, Bonds decided to give the fans a little reminder of his old defensive prowess.

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Giants make 3-run 5th hold up to beat Phils

Giants make 3-run 5th hold up to beat Phils

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' outfield of Jarrett Parker, Denard Span and Hunter Pence combined to generate most of the club's offense in Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Phillies that opened a four-game series.

Parker provided the biggest hit among the trio, a two-run double that fueled a three-run, fifth-inning uprising. Pence scored twice, and Span singled and scored in the fifth. This crew combined with cleanup hitter Buster Posey to reach base safely in 10 of 17 plate appearances.

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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.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Bump in playing time boosting Tomlinson

Bump in playing time boosting Tomlinson

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Phillies seemingly poised to unleash a loud sixth inning, second baseman Kelby Tomlinson made a play that surely brought a smile to starter Jeff Samardzija's face.

With runners on the corners and nobody out, Tomlinson dove to snag Tommy Joseph's grounder on course for center field. He executed a flawless glove flip, transferring the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford covering at second. Crawford then muscled the ball to first to complete the double play and stifle the Phillies' attack before the Giants claimed a 5-4 win Thursday night.

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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.

Belt set for 'big step' in concussion recovery

Giants first baseman to start cardio workouts; Gomez has setback with knee

Belt set for 'big step' in concussion recovery

SAN FRANCISCO -- First baseman Brandon Belt, who was diagnosed with a concussion earlier this month, will begin cardio activity Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said before the Giants opened a four-game set Thursday against the Phillies.

Bochy described Belt's development as a "big step towards rehabbing and getting back on the field. ... He seems to be doing a little better."

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Broken hand to end season of prospect Arroyo

Broken hand to end season of prospect Arroyo

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants infielder Christian Arroyo, the club's top Minor League prospect, will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season with a broken left hand, general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday.

Evans made the announcement on the "Murph and Mac" show on KNBR-AM (680), the Giants' flagship radio station.

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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.

Cain finds way to cool slugging Stanton

Giants starter keeps Marlins star in park, helps halt his HR streak

Cain finds way to cool slugging Stanton

MIAMI -- Not many starting pitchers have been able to contain Giancarlo Stanton recently. In fact, Matt Cain was the only one to hold the white-hot slugger in check over the past week.

Though the Giants ultimately fell, 8-1, to the Marlins on Wednesday, and Cain, who hasn't earned a win since May 15, lost his ninth straight decision -- a feat that hasn't occurred since Barry Zito in 2010 -- the silver lining remains.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Giants on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants halt Stanton's streak, but fall in finale

Giants halt Stanton's streak, but fall in finale

MIAMI -- The Giants kept Giancarlo Stanton in the ballpark on Wednesday afternoon, but they weren't able to contain Tomas Telis, who drove in three runs and scored another in the Marlins' 8-1 victory over the Giants at Marlins Park.

With the focus of the sporting world on Stanton, the four-time All-Star had two singles, but he also had his streak of six straight games with a home run come to a halt. Stanton went 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch, a fastball by Matt Cain with the count full in the second inning.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Giants on Wednesday.

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Bumgarner, Giants withstand Stanton, Marlins

Bumgarner, Giants withstand Stanton, Marlins

MIAMI -- Add Madison Bumgarner to the list of pitchers to allow a home run to Giancarlo Stanton during his remarkable home run stretch. But after Stanton extended his long-ball streak to six straight games, it was Bumgarner's run-scoring single and Carlos Moncrief's pinch-hit, RBI base hit that helped rally the Giants to a 9-4 victory over Miami on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Bumgarner had a workmanlike six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. The Giants pushed three runs across off Junichi Tazawa in the seventh inning and snapped the Marlins' four-game winning streak.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Jones starting to break out of his shell in Majors

Rookie first baseman homered vs. Marlins, is hitting .364 over his last seven games

Jones starting to break out of his shell in Majors

MIAMI -- Ryder Jones' learning curve may not be as steep as it first looked earlier this season if his performance in the Giants'9-4 win over the Marlins on Tuesday at Marlins Park is any indication.

Jones smacked a fifth-inning double to center and scored on Madison Bumgarner's single off the wall, before he capped his night with his second career home run in the eighth -- a 374-foot shot just inside the right-field foul pole. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

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Panik placed on 7-day DL as precaution

Second baseman was hit in head with throw in Sunday's game vs. Nats

Panik placed on 7-day DL as precaution

MIAMI -- Joe Panik was placed on the 7-day concussion DL two days after he was hit in the head during a home-plate collision.

The 26-year-old second baseman passed concussion tests Sunday after he was hit in the temple on a throw to the plate during the Giants' 6-2 loss in Game 2 to the Nationals on Sunday. The ball ricocheted off the sliding Panik and into the glove of Nats catcher Matt Wieters, who tagged him out.

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Pence keeps rolling along at plate in August

Giants right fielder logs pair of hits, RBI in loss to Marlins

Pence keeps rolling along at plate in August

MIAMI -- It's been a disappointing season for the Giants. But one player, Hunter Pence, has been a bright spot lately.

Pence collected two hits and an RBI in an 8-3 loss to the Marlins on Monday. For the right fielder, the hits just keep coming in a resurgent August that he's putting together.

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Giants can't slow Stanton, Marlins in opener

Giants can't slow Stanton, Marlins in opener

MIAMI -- Records, they say, are meant to be broken. Giancarlo Stanton is smashing home runs at a rate he is primed to shatter a Marlins' standard that stood for 21 years.

Stanton connected on a two-run home run in the first inning and had three RBIs as the Marlins cruised to an 8-3 win over the Giants on Monday night at Marlins Park. With 43 home runs, the four-time All-Star passed Gary Sheffield's previous franchise mark of 42 in 1996.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Giants on Monday.

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Moore K's 9, but Giants fall in 11 innings

Moore K's 9, but Giants fall in 11 innings

WASHINGTON -- In what had been a marathon 24 hours for the Giants and Nationals, which included long rain delays, Washington losing its MVP candidate to the disabled list and a three-game series played in the span of about a day at Nationals Park, Howie Kendrick capped off the nightcap of Sunday's split doubleheader against the Giants with a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning to give the Nationals a 6-2 victory to cap off this series.

"Long day," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "It would have really been long had we lost a doubleheader, but boy, that was a great ending."

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington and covered the Giants on Sunday.

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Stratton superb as Giants take twin-bill opener

Stratton superb as Giants take twin-bill opener

WASHINGTON -- Chris Stratton was originally scheduled to start Friday night before thunderstorms washed away that game and the Giants reshuffled their rotation, pushing his third career start to Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

And it ended up being his best performance as he spun 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts to help the Giants beat the Nationals, 4-2, in Game 1 of Sunday's split doubleheader. It was the first double-digit strikeout performance of Stratton's Major League career and just the fifth time this season a Giants pitcher has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Sunday.

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Panik's homer not enough to back Shark

Panik's homer not enough to back Shark

WASHINGTON -- After thunderstorms washed away Friday night's game, the Nationals and Giants waited out a 3:01 rain delay before they finally began their three-game series late Saturday night at Nationals Park. The Nats used their newest winning formula -- six quality innings from their starter followed by an inning each from a new bullpen trio -- to seal a 3-1 victory early Sunday morning.

But the victory was bittersweet for Washington after slugger Bryce Harper left the game in the first inning with a hyperextended left knee. Harper injured himself trying to beat out a ground ball for an infield single, but his left foot slipped on the first-base bag, his leg buckled and he fell to the ground holding his knee.

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Saturday.

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Despite loss, Shark's contribution big for Giants

Samardzija delivers quality start ahead of doubleheader

Despite loss, Shark's contribution big for Giants

WASHINGTON -- Jeff Samardzija's bid for a fourth consecutive win came up short, but the Giants starter was solid in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to the Nationals.

Samardzija threw six innings, allowing nine hits and three runs. He also had six strikeouts and one walk while throwing a season-high 120 pitches (79 strikes). Despite battling inconsistency for much of the season, Samardzija's latest outing was his fourth straight quality start.

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Morse likely out for season with concussion

Morse likely out for season with concussion

WASHINGTON -- Michael Morse will likely miss the rest of the season from the concussion he sustained on May 29, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The injury occurred when Morse collided with Jeff Samardzija when tempers flared between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper in San Francisco. The 35-year-old will travel to Miami on Tuesday during the Giants' series with the Marlins to be evaluated.

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

Inbox: Which young Giant could surprise in '18?

Beat reporter Chris Haft answers fans' questions

Inbox: Which young Giant could surprise in '18?

Most seasons, the Giants have a young player who seems to come out of nowhere to make a significant contribution. Matt Duffy was a good example of this a few seasons ago. Is there a player in the system who could surprise us in 2018?
-- Gerald L., Columbus, Ind.

The pool of players who fit your description is shallow -- not because the Giants lack prospects, but because most of them already have been summoned to the Majors during this topsy-turvy season. Consider Christian Arroyo, Ryder Jones, Austin Slater, Kyle Crick and Orlando Calixte in this group. Then there's Miguel Gomez and Carlos Moncrief, who appeared destined for short stays in the Majors but have played their way into more serious consideration.

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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 back Bumgarner to edge Cubs, take set

Giants back Bumgarner to edge Cubs, take set

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants continued to regain a semblance of respectability on Wednesday, as Jarrett Parker's seventh-inning tiebreaking single lifted them to a 3-1 victory -- and much more -- over the Cubs.

The Giants, who have owned one of the Major Leagues' worst records for most of the season, recorded their second winning homestand of the season (5-3) and won back-to-back home series for the first time since May. With the score tied, 1-1, Denard Span and Ryder Jones delivered seventh-inning singles off Brian Duensing before Parker, whose 10th-inning hit defeated Arizona on Sunday, drove his go-ahead single to left.

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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.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cubs on Wednesday.

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Resurgent pitching has Giants perking up

Vintage Bumgarner start seals back-to-back series wins, SF's first at home since May

Resurgent pitching has Giants perking up

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' offense still seems lacking, but it's producing just enough runs to generate success.

On most nights during the past week or so, their pitching has looked familiar. That is, it looks worthy of a contender.

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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.

Williams spins gem for San Jose

Williams spins gem for San Jose

Austin Hays and Anthony Santander combined for three homers and nine RBIs as they led Double-A Bowie to a 14-2 win over Harrisburg on Wednesday.

Hays, the Orioles' No. 2 prospect (No. 100 overall), went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs, while Santander (Orioles No. 9) went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs.

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Solid Blach subdues formidable Cubs

Solid Blach subdues formidable Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Blach delivered the kind of effort that should merit the San Francisco Giants left-hander some attention in the National League's Rookie of the Year balloting, as he pitched seven resolute innings and slapped an RBI single Tuesday to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs, 6-3.

Blach (8-7), who won his second straight start, displayed his usual pitch-to-contact style. He struck out just three batters yet denied the reigning World Series champions any sustained offense. The Cubs went 1-for-6 off Blach with runners in scoring position. Chicago remained 1 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers in the National League Central standings after Milwaukee lost to the Twins, 11-4, on Tuesday.

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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.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cubs on Tuesday.

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