Pence returns after hamstring flareup

Pence returns after hamstring flareup

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence's right hamstring continued to tighten during the Giants' 4-0 win against the Dodgers last Thursday. No stranger to issues involving that muscle, Pence wisely exited the game, missed San Francisco's three-game series against the Braves and got a final day of rest during Monday's off-day.

He never expected to be miss an extended period of time, though, and returned to the club's starting lineup on Tuesday for its series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park.

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Hitting it out of the park: Carone fighting cancer with BP

Former Minor Leaguer, diagnosed in '13, organizes events to raise money for charity

Hitting it out of the park: Carone fighting cancer with BP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortly after Rick Carone was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2013, Adam LaRoche, then a member of the Nationals, knew his friend needed some sort of inspiration.

LaRoche's idea, according to Carone: "Come out and hit with them and be a part of their club."

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Beede among top prospect performers Monday

Giants' No. 2 prospect allows two hits, fans 11 in shutout for Squirrels

Beede among top prospect performers Monday

Tyler Beede needed just 94 pitches, 70 strikes, to spin his first shutout.

The Giants' No. 2 prospect led Double-A Richmond to a 4-0 win over Hartford on Monday, notching his first double-digit strikeout game of the season along the way.

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Pipeline preview: Duggar looks to wrap up solid August

Pipeline preview: Duggar looks to wrap up solid August

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Wednesday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Steven Duggar (Giants' No. 10), Richmond vs. Hartford (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Giants hit 4 HRs to secure series win vs. Braves

Giants hit 4 HRs to secure series win vs. Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- The first multihomer game of Joe Panik's career and an eight-run seventh inning on Sunday led the Giants to a 13-4 victory over the Braves and their first series win at AT&T Park since the All-Star break.

"It's great to take a series here; it's great to take any series," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "We haven't had many of those since the break. It's good to get one."

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Jonathan Mayo

Slater, Blach on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Slater, Blach 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.

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Giants use the 4s to thump Braves

Franchise gets first 4-homer, 4-triple game

Giants use the 4s to thump Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sunday marked the first time in the modern era that the Giants accumulated four or more home runs and four or more triples in a game. The last team to total four home runs and four triples in a game was the Yankees, on May 6, 1998.

That Yankees team would finish the regular season with 114 wins while totaling 207 home runs. The Giants seemed like an unlikely candidate to match that feat, considering they entered their series finale with the Braves averaging just 3.8 runs per game since the All-Star break and ranked 29th in the Majors in homers.

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Nunez's arm gets Bumgarner's back

Nunez's arm gets Bumgarner's back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner allowed just three runs in seven innings in a 13-4 win against the Braves on Sunday, but the Giants' ace had third baseman Eduardo Nunez to at least partially thank for the performance.

After Bumgarner allowed a two-run home run to Freddie Freeman in the sixth, cutting the Giants' lead to 5-3, Matt Kemp lined a ball down the third-base line. But it couldn't get past a diving Nunez, who promptly sprang up and fired a strike to Brandon Belt at first for the second out of the inning.

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Giants' bullpen stalwart Law lands on DL

Giants' bullpen stalwart Law lands on DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants relief pitcher Derek Law was unexpectedly placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a right elbow strain. Jarrett Parker was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding roster move.

Law pitched one inning during the club's 3-1 loss to the Braves on Saturday. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that the club has noticed a dip in the right-hander's velocity and is being cautious because of it.

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Cuteness overload: Baby sits in high chair in SF

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Cuteness overload: Baby sits in high chair in SF

People throw around the word "cute" a lot. That dog is cute. Your nose is cute. His hair is probably not hair but some people might think it's cute.

However, during the Giants' 13-4 victory over the Braves at AT&T Park on Sunday, we may have found the exact defintion for the word "cute." 

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Kemp's homer drops Giants two games back

Kemp's homer drops Giants two games back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kemp launched a three-run home run deep over the center-field fence and Mike Foltynewicz continued his mastery of the Giants this year as the Braves halted San Francisco's brief winning streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday.

"It always feels good to put your team up, especially coming in here," Kemp said. "It's good to quiet the crowd a little bit. They get riled up when they're up. But if you can get on the board and get them down, they'll back off you a little bit. Folty pitched an excellent game. We gave as many runs as he needed and he did his thing."

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Peavy placed on 15-day disabled list

Suarez recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, gets start vs. Braves

Peavy placed on 15-day disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO -- Expected to start in place of Matt Cain, Jake Peavy was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a lower back strain. Albert Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and started in the Giants' 3-1 loss to the Braves.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy did not know the cause of Peavy's injury, but said before Saturday's game that the right-hander's back "flared up" on him while the team was in Los Angeles.

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Giants strike early, cruise to win over Braves

Giants strike early, cruise to win over Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Creating offense in the first inning has been a particularly difficult task for the Giants this year. That changed Friday, as Brandon Belt and Joe Panik tallied a pair of run-scoring base hits in the bottom of the first that set the stage for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park.

San Francisco entered the series opener with the fewest runs (44) in the first inning in the Majors this season. But after Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford hit consecutive infield singles with two outs, the Giants finally came through. Belt launched a base hit to center field to score Posey, and Panik lined a ball down the left-field line to score two more. Angel Pagan then added a two-run home run in the second, and thanks to seven scoreless frames from Jeff Samardzija, the Giants cruised to just their third series-opening victory since the All-Star break.

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Crawford's glove shines in victory over Braves

Crawford's glove shines in victory over Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija said he just played according to the game plan Friday night, allowing myriad Atlanta Braves batters to hit the ball to Brandon Crawford's area of the field.

That plan continues to work for the Giants, as the shortstop seamlessly made a defensive stop on every ball that came his way in San Francisco's 7-0 win at AT&T Park.

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Giants fan gives dad a big hug after foul ball mishap

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Giants fan gives dad a big hug after foul ball mishap

It's every dad's dream: taking your kid to the ballpark, letting him see his favorite team up close, then putting the cherry on top by snagging a souvenir to bring home. And during the Giants' 7-0 win over the Braves on Friday, one dad was so close to pulling it off. Conor Gillaspie fouled one off over the third-base dugout, and the ball bounced right toward our hero -- but alas, he couldn't handle the hop, and the ball bounced away.

His son, however, didn't care about any of that. He just wanted to make sure dad was OK.

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Giants hope energy from Moore's gem carries over

Giants hope energy from Moore's gem carries over

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy innocently smirks now when asked how important each upcoming series is. He echoed what he's continued to say throughout August when questioned last Sunday about his club's then-upcoming three-game set with the National League West-leading Dodgers.

"I say this so many times, and we'll say this every series from this point on," Bochy said after the Giants' 2-0 loss to the Mets. "You're getting down toward to the end, to the stretch run; that's the way you got to look at it. It's an important series; the one after that is going to be important, too."

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Moore's near no-no leads Giants over Dodgers

Moore's near no-no leads Giants over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- In the biggest game of the year for the Giants, Matt Moore delivered the best game of his life. He fell one out shy of a no-hitter Thursday, broken up by Corey Seager's soft single to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but beat the Dodgers, 4-0, to snap his club's four-game losing streak. The decision prevented the Giants from being swept in this showdown series and trimmed their deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to two games in the National League West.

Nearly pitching the Giants' first no-hitter over the Dodgers in 101 years (by Rube Marquard), Moore (8-10) walked three and struck out seven in 8 2/3 innings. He was removed immediately after Seager's hit, having thrown a career-high 133 pitches. Right-hander Santiago Casilla threw just one pitch to retire Justin Turner on a foul popup.

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Nearly throwing no-hitter 'just fun' for Moore

Nearly throwing no-hitter 'just fun' for Moore

LOS ANGELES -- Giants left-hander Matt Moore was denied baseball immortality Thursday, but not satisfaction.

One out away from recording the 18th no-hitter in the franchise's illustrious pitching history, Moore lost his place in the pantheon of Mathewson, Marichal, Cain and Lincecum when Los Angeles rookie Corey Seager blooped a single to right field. Moore had barely retreated to the dugout when Santiago Casilla retired Justin Turner on one pitch to end the Giants' 4-0 victory. For Moore, however, the joy had just begun to wash over him.

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Span gives his defensive all to preserve no-no

Span gives his defensive all to preserve no-no

LOS ANGELES -- Any no-hitter has that one play, maybe two. The balls that should have been hits. Matt Moore's bid for history stalled on its final obstacle in Corey Seager, but it still had those moments in a pair of catches in left-center from Denard Span.

Span's excellent grabs in the second and ninth innings gave Moore that chance at a no-hitter and played a major part in a 4-0 Giants win.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Moore gives SF boost in giant spot

One-hitter snaps skid, helps club gain ground on rival Dodgers

Moore gives SF boost in giant spot

LOS ANGELES -- With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy ambled out to the mound at Dodger Stadium, took the ball from left-hander Matt Moore, and knew his club had a keeper with the pitcher it acquired from Tampa Bay to give its roster a boost down the stretch run.

Moore had just lost his bid to become the first Giants pitcher to toss a no-hitter against the Dodgers since Rube Marquard, 101 years ago when both teams called New York home, on Corey Seager's bloop single to right field.

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Slater among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Slater among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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Bochy: Back not a factor in Posey's slugging

Bochy: Back not a factor in Posey's slugging

LOS ANGELES -- Buster Posey remains virtually as good a hitter as ever. Just not for power.

The Giants' four-time All-Star catcher entered Thursday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a .293 batting average, which would be the lowest figure among any of his six full seasons (excluding the injury-shortened 2011 campaign). Posey has been more consistent in recent weeks, recording a .329 average (24-for-73) with 13 RBIs in his previous 20 games.

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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 still showing fight despite rough stretch

Giants still showing fight despite rough stretch

LOS ANGELES -- When a hitter crushes a pitch on a two-strike count, that doesn't necessarily mean he employed a two-strike approach.

Brandon Crawford proved this in the eighth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the San Francisco Giants. Lining reliever Joe Blanton's 0-2 delivery toward the right-field wall, Crawford briefly appeared destined to buoy the reeling Giants with a three-run homer. However, Dodgers right fielder Josh Reddick caught up with the drive and snared it a step in front of the barrier.

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Cueto drops duel as Giants' slide continues

Cueto drops duel as Giants' slide continues

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill proved to be worth the wait, beating out Johnny Cueto in a pitchers' duel and handing the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday night. Los Angeles now holds a season-high three-game lead in the National League West.

Sidelined with a blister since his acquisition from Oakland at the Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, Hill threw 81 pitches before getting pulled following the sixth inning. The veteran lefty struck out three and allowed five baserunners, all reaching on singles. Justin Turner's fourth-inning home run and three scoreless innings from the L.A. bullpen, culminating with Kenley Jansen's perfect ninth for save No. 37, assured that Hill would walk away with a win.

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Cueto goes full 'Happy Gilmore' with running swing

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Cueto goes full 'Happy Gilmore' with running swing

Johnny Cueto is a man of many talents: pitcher, lover, friend, equestrian, wearer of various hats, shaker of various groove things. He is not, alas, a hitter -- in nine-plus seasons spent almost entirely in the National League, Cueto's put up a .108/.135/.110 slash line, with just one extra-base hit.

But not even nearly a decade of futility could stop Johnny Cueto from trying. Facing Rich Hill during Wednesday's Giants-Dodgers game, Cueto didn't back away from a challenge. He stepped in, prepared himself, and then gave us a glimpse into what we can only assume is the future of batting.

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Belt's struggles coincide with Giants' slide

Belt's struggles coincide with Giants' slide

LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Belt's individual struggles reflect the Giants' collective woes.

This isn't to say that Belt's solely at fault for San Francisco's second-half record, which was a Major League-worst 11-24 entering Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But just as Belt's ascent to All-Star status highlighted the season's first half, his ongoing slump is entwined with the club's woes.

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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.

Bumgarner's 200th K overshadowed by rough night

Bumgarner's 200th K overshadowed by rough night

LOS ANGELES -- Tuesday had the makings of a successful night for Madison Bumgarner. He fulfilled the primary goal of every starting pitcher by keeping the score close, and he reached a franchise standard for strikeouts that has been scaled by a select few.

But that told only part of the tale that Bumgarner spun against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yes, the Giants remained competitive under his watch, but he also was scored upon in four of the five innings he worked. Speaking of those five innings, the Giants surely hoped that the man they consider their ace would have lasted longer in their 9-5 loss in the opener of a three-game showdown.

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Giants stumble out of gate in Los Angeles

Giants stumble out of gate in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Recent trends in the National League West continued Tuesday night, as the streaking Dodgers beat the slumping Giants in the opener of their showdown three-game series at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, extending L.A.'s division lead to two games.

Rookies Andrew Toles (three RBIs) and Rob Segedin homered for the second consecutive game, while Adrian Gonzalez also drove in three runs -- two on a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single in the fifth inning off losing pitcher Madison Bumgarner (12-8), who allowed a season-high five earned runs in five innings.

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Blanco lands on DL with right shoulder injury

Blanco lands on DL with right shoulder injury

LOS ANGELES -- Ailing virtually all season, Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco finally yielded to the pain Tuesday and went on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The Giants purchased the contract of outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to fill Blanco's roster spot. Blanco's DL assignment is retroactive to Monday.

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Slater among top prospect performers Monday

Dodgers No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter; Giants' No. 22 stays hot with multi-homer game

Slater among top prospect performers Monday

Since beginning his season in early May, Jose De Leon has been making a strong case for a late-season promotion to the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect took another step towards achieving that goal on Monday, when he struck out 10 hitters over seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of New Orleans. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Marlins No. 11 prospect J.T. Riddle. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed in the contest. De Leon also induced eight ground-ball outs while throwing 66 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

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