Shark, Brandons help Giants earn series win

Shark, Brandons help Giants earn series win

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after the Giants altered the top of their lineup by trading Eduardo Nunez, they had another productive day in a series-clinching 2-1 win over the Pirates. No. 3 hitter Brandon Belt delivered the go-ahead RBI and Joe Panik -- batting second in place of Nunez -- scored another run on a Brandon Crawford groundout to help San Francisco break even at .500 on its lengthy 10-game homestand.

Jeff Samardzija, in his last showing before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, had arguably his best start since the beginning of June, spinning seven innings of one-run ball while allowing four hits and striking out eight to give the Giants another quality start. Francisco Cervelli's seventh-inning single was the first hit for the Pirates after 13 in a row had been retired.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Pirates on Wednesday.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Wednesday.

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Panik at ease batting in No. 2 spot

Second baseman returns to 'comfortable' place in lineup after Nunez trade

Panik at ease batting in No. 2 spot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik was back hitting at the No. 2 spot in Giants manager Bruce Bochy's lineup during Wednesday's 2-1 series win over the Pirates -- a spot at which he's batted for most of his career, and one at which the veteran second baseman is quite comfortable.

A day after the Giants traded Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox, Bochy shook up San Francisco's batting order slightly and moved Panik back behind leadoff man Denard Span.

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Cueto could rejoin rotation in early August

Right-hander close to making rehab starts; closer Melancon throws bullpen session

Cueto could rejoin rotation in early August

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and he could rejoin the Giants' rotation as soon as the first week in August.

Cueto has been on the disabled list since July 15 because of blisters on multiple fingers on his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered with the 2016 All-Star. He lasted only four innings in his most recent start, against San Diego on July 14, when blisters forced him out. Cueto was placed on the DL the following day.

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Moore looking to find stride vs. Dodgers

Moore looking to find stride vs. Dodgers

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood will try to get back on track after taking his first loss of the season, while Matt Moore of the Giants seeks his first win in more than a month in a matchup of two left-handers in the opener on Friday at Dodger Stadium.

Wood (11-1, 2.17 ERA) has been dominant in the Dodgers' rotation after beginning the year in the bullpen. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in 11 of his 15 starts, and his ERA would be the second lowest in the Majors if he had enough innings to qualify.

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Giants romp to back Bumgarner's 1st win

Giants romp to back Bumgarner's 1st win

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' offense refused to allow another Madison Bumgarner start to end in a loss. Behind a showering of offensive support, the Giants ace picked up his first win of the season Tuesday when the Giants routed the Pirates, 11-3. Bumgarner (1-4) spun five innings of one-run ball in his third start since returning from the disabled list after the All-Star break.

"It's nice to be on the board now, individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games."

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Giants trade Nunez to Boston for 2 prospects

Giants trade Nunez to Boston for 2 prospects

SAN FRANCISCO -- Realizing that Eduardo Nunez was more valuable to them as a trade commodity than as a presence in their lineup, the Giants sent the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night for two Minor League pitchers.

The Minor Leaguers obtained by San Francisco are Shaun Anderson, 22, and Gregory Santos, 17. Anderson, who was No. 18 on the Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects list at the time of the trade, posted a 6-3 record and a 3.42 ERA at two Minor League classifications. He enters the the Giants' Top 30 list at No. 17. Santos had been pitching for Boston's Dominican Summer League affiliate.

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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.

Arroyo, Slater highlight Giants' Top 30 Prospects

Arroyo, Slater highlight Giants' Top 30 Prospects

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Giants' revised Top 30 Prospects list looks familiar, it should.

Five of the prospects ranked among the organization's Top 30 have performed for the Giants this year as the ballclub has tried to find a winning combination.

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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 returns to bolster Giants' bullpen

Stratton returns to bolster Giants' bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing to need pitching depth, the Giants recalled right-hander Chris Stratton from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and optioned utility man Orlando Calixte to the same club.

San Francisco's bullpen was virtually depleted in the team's previous series against San Diego. Relievers pitched 12 2/3 innings Friday and Saturday. Ty Blach gave the bullpen an adequate break Sunday by lasting seven innings. However, manager Bruce Bochy was forced to pinch-hit for Matt Cain after four innings Monday in an attempt to seize upon a scoring opportunity.

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Giants sunk by Pirates' early surge

Giants sunk by Pirates' early surge

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gerrit Cole worked six effective innings Monday night while the Pittsburgh Pirates put together big offensive outbursts early and late to emerge with their 10th victory in 13 games, a 10-3 decision over the San Francisco Giants.

"Everyone's showing up. Everyone's ready to go. Everyone's ready to win," said Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. "That's been the feeling here for quite some time now. Hopefully we can just continue that."

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Nunez's error, Belt's baserunning hurt cause

Nunez's error, Belt's baserunning hurt cause

SAN FRANCISCO -- Singling out a couple of lapses in a lopsided defeat, such as the 10-3 setback the Giants endured Monday night at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, might seem like nitpicking.

But in this case, one mistake -- third baseman Eduardo Nunez's second-inning fielding error -- generated four unearned runs for Pittsburgh. And a second gaffe, Brandon Belt's hesitant fifth-inning baserunning, stunted the Giants' offense just when Pirates starter Gerrit Cole appeared vulnerable.

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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.

Arroyo ranked among Top 100 Prospects

For first time, top 11 on list are all hitters; top eight are international signees

Arroyo ranked among Top 100 Prospects

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman of the Astros had ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. He had just been called up to the big leagues, and he graduated off the list before the season was over.

Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it's a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada. But much like Bregman in '16, the fact that Moncada is holding on to the No. 1 slot in the Top 100 is overshadowed a bit by having been called up to the White Sox for the first time. One has to think he's going to follow a Bregman-esque path and play his way off of this list before the year is over.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beede joins ranks of injured Giants prospects

Beede joins ranks of injured Giants prospects

SAN FRANCISCO -- A strained groin sustained Monday by right-hander Tyler Beede lengthened the list of highly inconvenient injuries endured by several Giants prospects.

Beede, 24, hurt himself as he was warming up at Tacoma, Wash., and had to be scratched from what would have been his 20th start of the season with the Giants' Triple-A Sacramento affiliate. Updates on Beede's condition were not immediately available.

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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.

Westward no: Giants fall to 17-27 in division

Westward no: Giants fall to 17-27 in division

SAN FRANCISCO -- Among the jarring trends that have developed as the Giants lurch through the season is their struggle to compete against their National League West brethren, which continued with Sunday's 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

The Padres captured three of four games in this series at AT&T Park and lead the season series against the Giants, 9-4. San Francisco owns a 17-27 record against the West, including a 4-10 mark against Colorado and 3-4 against Arizona.

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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 can't get going, drop finale to Padres

Giants can't get going, drop finale to Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing to show they have the Giants' number in 2017, the San Diego Padres rode starter Dinelson Lamet to a 5-2 win Sunday at AT&T Park. The Padres have won seven of their last nine games against their National League West neighbors, and they've taken all four series this season.

"For some reason, our starters have just not had very many good starts against these guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They have a little power. They've hit their share of home runs."

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Sunday.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Melancon throws, nearing rehab assignment

Melancon throws, nearing rehab assignment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants closer Mark Melancon continues to make daily progress towards a return, manager Bruce Bochy said before Sunday's series finale against the Padres.

Bochy doesn't have a concrete rehab timeline yet. But Melancon threw between 25 and 30 pitches Sunday, working all the pitches in his repertoire. With team athletic trainers, the Giants will chart a definitive plan soon.

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

Giants walk off in 12th on Hundley's single

Giants walk off in 12th on Hundley's single

SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting in place of All-Star catcher Buster Posey certainly comes with expectations. Nick Hundley met those -- and then some -- when he looped a single to the left-field wall Saturday afternoon, giving the Giants a 5-4 walk-off win over the Padres in 12 innings.

San Francisco's fifth walk-off win of the season resulted in an enthusiastic infield celebration. It was Hundley's first walk-off hit since joining the organization this season.

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Sandoval on SF return: 'To be here, it's special'

Third baseman to start in Minors, says 'I learned my lesson'

Sandoval on SF return: 'To be here, it's special'

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants hope to learn by early August if Pablo Sandoval deserves a second chance -- or if they have second thoughts about giving him one.

The inevitable became official Saturday as Sandoval, cast aside by the Red Sox after 2 1/2 mostly fruitless seasons, agreed to terms on a deal with the Giants that will allow him to demonstrate whether he retained or can recapture the hitting prowess that distinguished his tenure with San Francisco from 2008-14.

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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.

Suarez, Calixte deliver after promotions

Hwang, Okert optioned to Triple-A Sacramento

Suarez, Calixte deliver after promotions

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Giants struggled this season, Albert Suarez's presence was magnified by his absence.

Suarez, 27, contributed significantly last year as a reliever and spot starter, inheriting the swingman's role that Yusmeiro Petit capably filled from 2012-15. A calf injury disrupted Suarez's season, but he recently was deemed healthy enough to pitch.

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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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Cueto's son can shimmy, too

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Cueto's son can shimmy, too

Before the Giants hosted the Padres on Saturday, Johnny Cueto could be seen warming up on the field with others wearing Giants uniforms. These two sporting the orange and black weren't his teammates though, they were his sons, Johnny Cueto Jr. and Joande Cueto -- both wearing uniforms with their dad's name across the back.

Taking in a few moments before the game was extra special to Cueto, who never had the opportunity to do that with his father. The three went for a jog on the field, the kids played some catch, drew in the dirt, and even spent a few minutes relaxing on the infield tarp.

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Beltre heating up for Augusta

Beltre heating up for Augusta

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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Giants fall in 11th after stirring rally in 9th

Giants fall in 11th after stirring rally in 9th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Szczur wasn't in the San Diego Padres' starting lineup Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. But the game lasted long enough for Szczur to make an impact anyway, as the Padres captured a 12-9 decision.

Szczur's fourth hit, an 11th-inning single, broke a tie and launched the Padres on a three-run binge that finally stopped the plucky Giants. One of three Padres who finished a hit shy of the cycle, Szczur had two cracks at becoming the first substitute in history to accomplish the feat. He needed a home run, and with the Padres ahead by three in the eighth, he admitted to swinging for the fences.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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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Gillaspie's homer revives Giants' chances

Gillaspie's homer revives Giants' chances

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conor Gillaspie picked a dramatic moment for his first home run of the season.

Gillaspie's towering shot to right field, which measured 384 feet by Statcast™, helped the Giants cap a three-run ninth-inning rally Friday. Though the Giants lost, 12-9, to the Padres in 11 innings, Gillaspie's blast infused life back into AT&T Park on an otherwise inconsistent night from the Giants.

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Leadoff man Span providing spark for Giants

Leadoff man Span providing spark for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- On an otherwise quiet night from the San Francisco Giants' offense, Denard Span continued to produce in an effective manner atop the lineup.

Thursday's two-hit performance, as the Giants lost, 5-2, to the San Diego Padres, was part of a larger trend for the 33-year-old center fielder. Over his last 19 games, Span is batting .325 with 13 runs, 10 extra-base hits and nine RBIs.

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Homers sink Bumgarner vs. Padres

Homers sink Bumgarner vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Helped by ample offensive support, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin defeated San Francisco for the third time this season as the Padres ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 5-2 triumph over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Chacin (9-7) improved to 8-6 lifetime against the Giants, including 4-1 at AT&T Park, which prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to pay him the ultimate compliment.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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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Duane Kuiper gives ball to fan in Kuiper jersey

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Duane Kuiper gives ball to fan in Kuiper jersey

Although the Giants lost, 5-2, to the Padres on Thursday night, one fan at AT&T Park -- sporting a Duane Kuiper jersey -- had a chance at some foul ball-catching glory. Instead, he bobbled the souvenir and it fell down into another section. He was, of course, devastated.

Kuiper, the TV broadcaster for the Giants, noticed the crestfallen man sporting his jersey. He wanted to cheer him up, so the former Giant actually walked down to the fan's section and gave him an autographed souvenir. Really.

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Pence leads Giants' 'Game of Thrones' fandom

Pence leads Giants' 'Game of Thrones' fandom

SAN FRANCISCO -- Like it has across the Majors this season, the "Game of Thrones" wave has officially hit AT&T Park.

For Thursday's series opener against the Padres, the Giants held a Game of Thrones night, offering in-game themed entertainment and a special-event ticket package. Fans with those tickets received a Game of Thrones-themed Hunter Pence bobblehead, and VIP package holders also got a canvas print of the right fielder atop the Iron Throne. Season 7 of the popular HBO show debuted this week.

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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.

Cain has seamless transition back to rotation

Cain has seamless transition back to rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy had an inkling that things would work themselves out, that perhaps Matt Cain would make a start in the Giants' rotation sooner rather than later.

On Saturday, Johnny Cueto landed on the 10-day disabled list with blister pains. And on Wednesday, Cain took his spot in the rotation, allowing three runs and five hits over six innings to give San Francisco a shot at a win. The Giants picked up the veteran, who was on the hook for his eighth consecutive loss, by putting together a three-run rally in the eighth for a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

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Posey comes off bench, caps SF rally vs. Tribe

Posey comes off bench, caps SF rally vs. Tribe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey parachuted into Wednesday's eighth inning with one objective. After an error by Indians first baseman Carlos Santana thwarted a potential double play, the Giants called on their All-Star with two outs to erase a one-run deficit.

Posey did just that, roping a pinch-hit two-run double off the bottom of the left-field wall, giving the Giants a 5-4 win over the Tribe. It was San Francisco's first Interleague series victory of the season, and the second time in as many games that Posey capitalized on a Cleveland error.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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