Bumgarner victimized by Nationals' fireworks

Bumgarner victimized by Nationals' fireworks

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals displayed their own set of fireworks in the batter's box and defeated the Giants, 9-3, in Saturday's Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park.

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was on the mound when the Nationals scored three runs in the first inning on homers by Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper. By the time Bumgarner left the game, he had allowed six runs over five-plus innings.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, 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 try to pick off Harper using center fielder

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Giants try to pick off Harper using center fielder

During Saturday's game against the Nationals, the Giants experimented with a rather unique pick-off move. Bryce Harper had a bit of a lead off second base, so they tried to get him out … using center fielder Gregor Blanco.

For something as odd as this to work, it would require Blanco to sneak into the infield as smoothly as a ninja cat. However, that's not quite what happened. 

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Vogelsong aiming to grab finale against Nats

Vogelsong aiming to grab finale against Nats

Of all the Nationals to have at least 10 at-bats against Ryan Vogelsong -- Sunday night's starting pitcher for San Francisco -- Ian Desmond has had the most success.

Desmond, experiencing one of the more severe slumps of his career, is hoping a good game can get him back on the right path. He's batting .215 this season with 93 strikeouts, but he's 4-for-10 with one home run and six RBIs against Vogelsong.

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Homer the only blemish as Peavy loses return

Homer the only blemish as Peavy loses return

WASHINGTON -- Left-hander Gio Gonzalez and right-hander Jake Peavy found themselves in a pitchers' duel Friday night at Nationals Park. When it was over, Gonzalez won the battle as the Nationals edged the Giants, 2-1.

After the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning on a Buster Posey home run, the Nationals answered back in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a two-run homer by Clint Robinson.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peavy 'terrific' in return from disabled list

Giants righty allows two-run homer as only blemish in 6 1/3 innings

Peavy 'terrific' in return from disabled list

WASHINGTON -- While Giants right-hander Jake Peavy pitched before a sellout crowd Friday night at Nationals Park, his true audience consisted of teammates, manager Bruce Bochy, San Francisco's coaching staff and wherever club officials were gathered.

Peavy believed he had to prove to everybody associated with the Giants that he remained capable of winning for them, particularly since a strained back sidelined him after his initial pair of starts this season. Peavy absorbed the decision in the Giants' 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, but performed well enough to indicate he can bolster the starting rotation during the season's second half, which happens to begin Saturday with game No. 82.

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Giants add Lollis, Osich, put Hudson on DL

Broadway sent to Triple-A; Ishikawa, Bochy designated for assignment

Giants add Lollis, Osich, put Hudson on DL

WASHINGTON -- The Giants made a flurry of roster moves Friday to fill their ever-changing needs, which primarily stem from injuries.

Needing more versatility in the outfield, the Giants purchased the contract of Ryan Lollis, a career Minor Leaguer, from Triple-A Sacramento. Gone is first baseman-left fielder Travis Ishikawa, who was designated for assignment.

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Cain ready to build on positives of debut

Velocity, command expected to improve with more innings

Cain ready to build on positives of debut

MIAMI -- Matt Cain conveyed his usual mound presence Thursday afternoon: square-shouldered, square-jawed and commanding. He and the Giants are convinced that the pitches to match his demeanor soon will come more frequently and effectively.

Despite the Giants' 5-4 loss to Miami that concluded the Marlins' first three-game home sweep of San Francisco since Aug. 9-11, 1999, Cain showed enough promise during his five-inning outing to indicate that better days await him. Making his first start since last July 9, before elbow surgery and a strained flexor tendon sidelined him, Cain absorbed the decision while allowing five runs and seven hits in five innings.

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Giants swept by Marlins in Cain's debut

Giants swept by Marlins in Cain's debut

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return to the mound, displaying his electric assortment of stuff during six effective innings and contributing a home run to help the Marlins outlast the Giants, 5-4, on Thursday afternoon.

Having weathered Tommy John elbow surgery, Fernandez allowed three runs and seven hits in his first outing since May 9, 2014. The right-hander walked none and struck out six, reflecting his solid command and energizing the Marlins Park crowd of 32,598.

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Casilla to get time to rest tired arm

Romo, Lopez options to fill closer's role

Casilla to get time to rest tired arm

MIAMI -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he intends to "back off" using right-hander Santiago Casilla for two or three days in the belief that the closer has a tired arm.

"Just a little tired," Bochy said.

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Giants sign infielder Fox as int'l free agent

Sources say the two sides agree to a signing bonus of $6 million

Giants sign infielder Fox as int'l free agent

The Giants are on the verge of adding another athletic infielder to their Minor League system, coming to terms with shortstop Lucius Fox of the Bahamas on a bonus of $6 million, according to industry sources.

Fox, who turned 18 today, ranked No. 3 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: Baseball's greatest pitching duel

Marichal put on one of the most memorable performances in MLB history

#TBT: Baseball's greatest pitching duel

The mention of the San Francisco Giants' encounter against the Milwaukee Braves on July 2, 1963, seemed to amuse Willie McCovey.

"You're bringing it back to life?" said the Hall of Fame first baseman.

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Giants rally in Miami, but fall on walk-off

Giants rally in Miami, but fall on walk-off

MIAMI -- A mistake-filled night by the Marlins ended in dramatic walk-off fashion on Wednesday, when Justin Bour belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at Marlins Park.

Miami committed a season-high three errors, including one by Bour at first. But in the ninth inning off Santiago Casilla, Bour lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right to give the Marlins their fourth walk-off win of the season, and first since May 23 against the Orioles. Miami had been 0-42 when trailing after eight innings.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, 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 takes foul off mask, passes concussion test

Posey takes foul off mask, passes concussion test

MIAMI -- Giants catcher Buster Posey said that he could play as soon as Thursday after absorbing the shock of a foul tip and being forced to leave Wednesday night's 6-5 loss to the Marlins in the fifth inning.

Posey said that felt "off" after he was hit squarely in the chin after Miami's Marcell Ozuna nicked a Chris Heston pitch straight back during a fourth-inning at-bat. Asked if "off" meant "sluggish," Posey said, "Yeah, I'd say that's accurate. Just not as sharp as usual."

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Cain glad to reach end of 'long road'

Cain glad to reach end of 'long road'

MIAMI -- No matter how Matt Cain performs Thursday, he'll be pitching again, which is what matters most.

Cain, the Giants' three-time All-Star right-hander, will make his first regular-season appearance since July 9, 2014, when he starts the series finale against the Marlins. The 30-year-old right-hander finally has recovered sufficiently from a flexor tendon strain that sidelined him this year, which followed surgery last August to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow.

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Casilla 'way off' in rare blown save

Casilla 'way off' in rare blown save

MIAMI -- Given Santiago Casilla's 20 saves in 24 chances this year, there's usually a plausible explanation for his occasional shortcomings. Thus, the reason given for his ninth-inning lapse Wednesday, which featured Justin Bour's game-winning home run that gave the Marlins a 6-5 triumph over the Giants, was easy to accept: He's human.

That might not placate Giants fans, but manager Bruce Bochy tried to receive Casilla's mistakes with the same calm he displays after the closer's successes.

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Giants pitchers' return won't cause issue after all

Lincecum injury, Hudson's departure for personal reasons create openings for Cain, Peavy

Giants pitchers' return won't cause issue after all

MIAMI -- Somewhat remarkably, the composition of the Giants' five-man starting rotation, which recently loomed as a compelling issue, solved itself.

The Giants' chief decision-makers, including manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations czar Brian Sabean, had wondered how the rotation would absorb Matt Cain and Jake Peavy when they were prepared to leave the disabled list. That's no longer an issue, though the solution's likely to be temporary.

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Vogelsong hurt by homers inside and out

Vogelsong hurt by homers inside and out

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon's first home run of the season was an exhausting one, as the speedy second baseman delivered a three-run, inside-the-park homer that energized the Marlins in their 5-3 win over the Giants on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Marlins Park opened in 2012, and Gordon became the first player to be credited with an inside-the-park home run. The liner to right-center went to the wall, came with two outs in the third inning off Ryan Vogelsong and put Miami in front, 3-1. Justin Bour added a solo home run, a no-doubt blast into the second deck in right field, in the third inning.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, 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 flashes hustle, might vs. Marlins

Giants star homers, legs out double, scores on wild pitch

Posey flashes hustle, might vs. Marlins

MIAMI -- Buster Posey maintained the run production that has distinguished his June performance, though he added another dimension to his dynamic offense Tuesday in the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

His legs.

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Giants add Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento

McGehee designated for assignment in hopes he can find another team

Giants add Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento

MIAMI -- Needing more personnel flexibility, the Giants purchased the contract of infielder Ehire Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and designated third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment.

Adrianza, 25, played shortstop at Sacramento but is adept at second or third base. Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Adrianza's versatility will come in handy during the remainder of this two-city, six-game trip as second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford require rests, especially with the schedule hopscotching from night games to day games.

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Cain, Peavy officially scheduled for MLB starts

Veterans to return from disabled list, face Marlins, Nationals

Cain, Peavy officially scheduled for MLB starts

MIAMI -- The crucial trial period for Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, which has been in the conceptual stages for months, finally became imminent Tuesday when Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced the veteran right-handers will make their comeback starts Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Cain, who dealt with a flexor tendon injury after weathering removal of bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow, hasn't pitched in a Major League game since last Aug. 11. Peavy dealt with back pain during two early-season starts before focusing on rehabilitation.

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Bumgarner backed by Duffy to down Rockies

Bumgarner backed by Duffy to down Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy finished a single away from hitting for the cycle to support Madison Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

Duffy tripled in his first at-bat, doubled in his second and homered in his third to help the Giants win for the fifth time in their last seven games at home. Bumgarner, who also slugged his second homer of the season in the seventh, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight Rockies in his first win since June 6. He also made some history as the youngest pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.

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Duffy comes close to cycle for 2nd straight day

Needing a single, Giants third baseman hits reviewed foul ball

Duffy comes close to cycle for 2nd straight day

SAN FRANCISCO -- At 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Matt Duffy's figure is far from imposing. But that doesn't stop him from competing on the same level as some of the best players in the game.

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Bickford humbled to be drafted by Giants

Team's top pick visits AT&T Park, calls selection 'a blessing'

Bickford humbled to be drafted by Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- One day after the San Francisco Giants signed Phil Bickford, their first selection in the 2015 Draft, the team welcomed him to AT&T Park.

The right-handed pitcher from the College of Southern Nevada made his first trip to the ballpark in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon and had the chance to meet Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

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Susac clears bases to beat Rockies

Susac clears bases to beat Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Susac's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Giants win for the seventh time in their last 11 games, 7-5, over the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park.

Matt Duffy, who homered in the fifth off Rockies starter Chris Rusin, doubled to end a seven-pitch at-bat against reliever Rafael Betancourt (2-3), and Buster Posey was intentionally walked to load the bases for Susac's double into the left-field corner.

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Posey, Susac provide punch for Giants

Posey, Susac provide punch for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Finding one impact player who can don the tools of ignorance is hard enough, but the San Francisco Giants have the luxury of two. And that tandem of catchers was the difference in their 7-5 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Buster Posey, the Giants' full-time catcher moonlighting at first base, knocked in two runs with a double in the third inning to tie the score, and backup backstop Andrew Susac delivered a game-winning three-run double in the seventh to complete the Giants' comeback against the Rockies at AT&T Park.

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Lincecum's forearm bruised by line drive

Lincecum's forearm bruised by line drive

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum exited Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Rockies after taking a DJ LeMahieu line drive to his right forearm.

Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner immediately came out to check on the right-hander, who was pulled after completing 1 2/3 innings. The Giants announced he was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion and X-rays were negative.

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Giants ink first-round pick Bickford

Giants ink first-round pick Bickford

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants signed Phil Bickford, their top pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the team announced Saturday.

The 18th overall selection in the Draft, Bickford went 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA this season at the College of Southern Nevada. He struck out 166 batters and walked 21 in 86 2/3 innings.

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Giants find stability with Posey, Crawford

Giants find stability with Posey, Crawford

SAN FRANCISCO -- The injury bug has hit the Giants clubhouse. Five players -- Jeremy Affeldt, Nori Aoki, Matt Cain, Jake Peavy and Hunter Pence -- are all on the 15-day disabled list.

While Cain and Peavy are nearing returns to the rotation, likely next week, Affeldt, Aoki and Pence do not have return dates set.

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Giants fall after Rockies' late thunder

Giants fall after Rockies' late thunder

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, giving him six in the last five games, and Carlos Gonzalez delivered five hits as the Rockies held off the Giants in the ninth and won for the fifth time in six games, 8-6, at AT&T Park on Friday night.

Arenado, who has a 13-game hit streak, homered off starter Tim Hudson (5-7) for three runs in the top of the sixth and added his 22nd homer -- a solo shot off Mike Broadway -- for an important run in the ninth. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon each extended hit streaks to 10 games, and the offense had 17 hits.

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