Pence 'feels great,' to rejoin Giants Saturday

'It's going to give these guys a lift,' Bochy says of veteran's return

Pence 'feels great,' to rejoin Giants Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said earlier this week that San Francisco had no plans of rushing Hunter Pence back before the team's homestand concluded.

However, Pence's progress was "pretty dramatic" the past couple days, and the 11-year veteran returned to the Giants clubhouse Friday. Bochy said the right fielder would be activated from the disabled list Saturday and will return to the lineup. A corresponding move will be announced Saturday.

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Justin Wise 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.

Reynolds ready for more fun back in big leagues

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Reynolds, the Giants' new left-hander, learned instantly that independent baseball is nothing like the Major Leagues.

In his first game this season with the Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, Reynolds was prepared to enter a game against Southern Maryland. But he was advised to stay in the bullpen.

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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 land All-Star Nunez in deal with Twins

Giants land All-Star Nunez in deal with Twins

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night in exchange for Minor League pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia.

Nunez, who was selected to the 2016 All-Star Game, is batting .300 with 47 RBIs. The 29-year-old veteran of seven big league seasons will provide the Giants with experience they've lacked in the infield recently because of injuries to second baseman Joe Panik and third baseman Matt Duffy.

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Justin Wise 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 still trying to get out of offensive rut

Giants still trying to get out of offensive rut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy has placed three players in the three-hole of the batting order since his team returned home in an attempt to jump-start the offense.

But the bats have yet to awaken, and the latest example came in San Francisco's 4-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

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Bickford debuts on Top 100 Prospects list

Giants' right-hander is 67th on MLB Pipeline's midseason rankings

Bickford debuts on Top 100 Prospects list

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitching prospect Phil Bickford has enjoyed a breakout year with both Class A Augusta and Class A Advanced San Jose. The right-hander has a 2.71 ERA in 17 combined starts to go along with 105 strikeouts. As a result, he represented the organization at the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

It's also why he is now ranked 67th on MLB Pipeline's Midseason 100 Top Prospects list. Bickford, 21, was San Francisco's first pick in the 2015 Draft. He didn't appear on the rankings before the season.

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Justin Wise 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.

Panik makes long-awaited return to Giants

Panik makes long-awaited return to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy's initial hope in June was that following one week on the seven-day concussion disabled list, second baseman Joe Panik would return to the lineup.

Panik's recovery was much lengthier and San Francisco spent almost all of July without its Opening Day second baseman. Panik was finally activated Thursday, though, and will assume his role in the infield with the Giants for the first time since June 27. Grant Green was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

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Giants' rally falls short against Nats

Giants' rally falls short against Nats

SAN FRANCISCO -- Thanks to a three-run second inning against Johnny Cueto, the Nationals took a three-run lead into the ninth, but the Giants didn't go quietly and chased closer Jonathan Papelbon before Washington was able to lock down a 4-2 series-opening win on Thursday night at AT&T Park.

The Nationals used RBI base hits from Danny Espinosa, Tanner Roark and Trea Turner to post their early three-spot, and Bryce Harper snapped his 0-for-19 skid with an RBI double in the sixth to make it 4-1. That was enough support for Roark to pick up his 10th win, as the right-hander held the Giants to one run on four hits in seven innings.

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

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gillaspie's homer too little to back Bumgarner

Gillaspie's homer too little to back Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been excellent this season, but he can't do it all on his own. Despite his eight innings with two runs allowed, it was still enough to be overcome by the Reds, who left town with a 2-1 victory and two of three games in the series. San Francisco has lost nine of 11 games since the All-Star break but clings to a 2 1/2-game lead in the National League West.

"It's disappointing when you have your starter throw like that," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Just couldn't get it going offensively. That's a tough one."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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

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Bumgarner takes another hard-luck loss

Bumgarner takes another hard-luck loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Taking a cue from his most recent start at AT&T Park -- a one-hit complete game against the D-backs --- Madison Bumgarner pitched eight dominant innings in the rubber game of the Giants' series with the Reds on Wednesday.

But with the Giants' offensive struggles persisting, one mistake proved consequential, as Cincinnati used a Jay Bruce solo home run in the seventh inning to defeat the Giants, 2-1, and give the club its fourth consecutive series loss.

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Davis, Bickford among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Davis, Bickford among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants won't rush Pence back from rehab

Giants won't rush Pence back from rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- According to the stat sheet, it would seem Hunter Pence is right at the doorstep of a return to the San Francisco Giants. In five rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento, Pence is 8-for-16 with two home runs and four RBIs.

But manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the right fielder's output at the plate will have no effect on when the club chooses to activate him.

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Giants hold off Reds after Cain's homer

Giants hold off Reds after Cain's homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- In one month, the Giants have seen their formidable National League West lead shrink to a less comfortable cushion. Losing eight of nine games entering Tuesday certainly didn't help and made holding on to a 9-7 victory over the Reds all the more necessary. Their lead over the second-place Dodgers, which was seven games on June 24, remained at 2 1/2 games.

Matt Cain gave the Giants a 4-0 lead with a booming three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning against struggling rookie lefty Cody Reed. It became a five-run lead in the third after three hits led to Grant Green's RBI groundout that scored Mac Williamson. However, Cain could not provide a quality start in his second game back from the disabled list. He gave up four runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings with one walk, four strikeouts and two home runs.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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

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Cain provides own backing with 3-run homer

Cain provides own backing with 3-run homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- In need of an offensive spark, the Giants got it from an unlikely source Tuesday night: Matt Cain.

In his first appearance at AT&T Park since June 13, Cain came to the plate in the second inning with runners on first and third and one out, and slugged a three-run homer to give the Giants a four-run lead in what would become a 9-7 win over the Reds on Tuesday night.

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Justin Wise 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 claim second-longest sellout streak

Team moves past Indians for regular-season record, trails Red Sox

Giants claim second-longest sellout streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- With a paid attendance of 41,896 Tuesday night, the Giants surpassed the Cleveland Indians for the second-longest sellout streak in Major League Baseball history. Dating back to Oct. 1, 2010, the club has sold out 456 consecutive regular-season games at AT&T Park.

It is the longest active streak in the Majors.

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Justin Wise 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 benefits from lineup drop, return to basics

Belt benefits from lineup drop, return to basics

SAN FRANCISCO -- The way Brandon Belt saw it, a lot of the blame for the Giants' struggles to open the second half of the season could rest on his shoulders. Belt hit 2-for-33 with 17 strikeouts during their recent eight-game road trip and got away from what helped him get voted into his first All-Star Game.

"I was too anxious," Belt said. "Swinging before I saw what kind of pitch it was and where it was going."

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Justin Wise 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, Pagan homer but Giants outslugged by Reds

Belt, Pagan homer but Giants outslugged by Reds

SAN FRANCISCO -- With its spacious dimensions, AT&T Park will never be mistaken for Cincinnati's cozier and homer-abundant Great American Ball Park. But it certainly felt like its Midwest counterpart Monday as the teams combined for five home runs. It was Jay Bruce's two homers, however, that propelled the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

"We didn't have those prevailing winds and the mist and all that other stuff that make it difficult to hit a ball out of a ballpark," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It seemed to play pretty fair tonight."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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

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Big flies a big flaw for Giants pitching

Big flies a big flaw for Giants pitching

SAN FRANCISCO -- For a team that doesn't rely on power offensively, the home run ball has increasingly mocked the Giants during the month of July. The latest example came Monday at normally pitcher-friendly AT&T Park, as the Cincinnati Reds used three two-run homers off Jake Peavy to defeat San Francisco, 7-5, and hand the club its eighth loss since the All-Star break.

The home run theme has been present in almost every one of those defeats. In total, the pitching staff has yielded 19 home runs in its last nine outings, with Peavy allowing five of them. His appearance mirrored Jeff Samardzija's on Sunday, when the right-hander yielded two home runs for the second consecutive start.

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Justin Wise 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.

Duggar on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Duggar on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants can't wrap forgettable trip on high note

Giants can't wrap forgettable trip on high note

NEW YORK -- As if the Giants were being mocked by irony or coincidence, the double play that halted their eighth-inning rally in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees was scored 4-1-5.

That's San Francisco's area code, of course.

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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 chased in 6th, late rally falls short

Samardzija chased in 6th, late rally falls short

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira homered as Nathan Eovaldi threw a season-high 118 pitches, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday as they prepared to take their swirling trade speculation on the road.

Amid reports that the Yankees are listening to offers on closer Aroldis Chapman, they were able to complete a 6-4 homestand without calling upon the three big arms of Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, all of whom were unavailable. Eovaldi gave them the lengthy outing they needed, going 6 2/3 innings and credited his cutter to his performance.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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 continue to monitor relief market

Giants continue to monitor relief market

NEW YORK -- With slightly more than a week left before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline strikes, the Giants remain active in their efforts to secure a reliever who could add experience as well as competence to their bullpen.

Just don't expect the Giants to obtain the biggest prize: Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

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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 among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Blach among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie's 12th-inning hit snaps Giants' skid

Rookie's 12th-inning hit snaps Giants' skid

NEW YORK -- Presented with a second chance to give the San Francisco Giants an extra-inning lead Saturday, Mac Williamson treated it like a pitch down the middle. He wouldn't let it pass him by.

Williamson drove in both Giants runs, including the go-ahead tally with a 12th-inning single that hastened San Francisco's 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The decision ended the Giants' season-high, six game losing streak and kept them four games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the National League West.

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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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Williamson gets redemption with two big hits

Williamson gets redemption with two big hits

NEW YORK -- Success often cannot be rushed, as Mac Williamson was reminded Saturday during the Giants' 2-1, 12-inning Interleague victory over the New York Yankees.

Playing right field, Williamson charged Mark Teixeira's fourth-inning single too hard and overran the ball for an error. That enabled Didi Gregorius to score the afternoon's first run -- which seemed like 10 runs, given the Giants' .239 batting average during their six-game losing streak.

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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's bruised foot doesn't keep him out

Posey's bruised foot doesn't keep him out

NEW YORK -- Giants catcher Buster Posey dispelled any fears about his bruised right ankle by starting Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, less than 24 hours after sustaining his injury.

"He got up this morning and said it felt pretty good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It loosened up and he felt good to go."

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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 drop 6th straight after 8th-inning error

Giants drop 6th straight after 8th-inning error

NEW YORK -- The Giants' struggles and the Yankees' surge both continued Friday night as San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford committed an eighth-inning throwing error that helped New York generate the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory. It was San Francisco's season-high sixth consecutive loss.

"Unfortunately, the first half we couldn't be consistent as a team," Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran said after his team won its seventh of their last 10 games and is now 4 1/2 games out of the top spot in the American League Wild Card race. "Now, we feel like we're playing better baseball, so we're happy where we're at. We just need to continue to put up wins and we'll see what happens."

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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.

Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Williamson again comes through in pinch

Williamson again comes through in pinch

NEW YORK -- Mac Williamson somehow has become inoculated from the illness that ails the Giants' hitters, particularly in critical situations.

Williamson lined a pinch-hit double in Friday night's eighth inning off Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller, one of the relievers the Giants reportedly covet. It forged a temporary tie as San Francisco proceeded to tumble to its sixth consecutive defeat, 3-2.

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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.

Sabean discusses need for relief help

Giants may look to make moves before Trade Deadline

Sabean discusses need for relief help

NEW YORK -- Giants executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean affirmed that the team is striving to acquire a reliever by the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline who will upgrade the bullpen significantly, not just incrementally.

"I don't know how things are going to shake out," Sabean said.

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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.