Giants go quietly in road-trip finale

Giants go quietly in road-trip finale

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.

Gerardo Parra homered and drove in three runs to lead a balanced Rockies offense that complemented rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland's seven-inning effort. The combined shutout completed Colorado's first three-game home sweep of the Giants since May 24-26, 2002, and kept the Rockies (13-6) atop the National League West standings.

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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.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Giants' depth issues complicate Span's injury

Giants' depth issues complicate Span's injury

DENVER -- The Giants described center fielder Denard Span's playing status as day to day Sunday, less than 24 hours after he sustained a mild sprain of his right shoulder while making a running catch.

Though Span avoided the 10-day disabled list for now, manager Bruce Bochy won't be content to spend much more time wondering about his availability. Due to the ballclub's lack of outfield depth, the Giants might wait only a day or two before placing Span on the DL, unless his health improves.

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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.

Romo set for AT&T Park debut in Dodger Blue

With Hyun-Jin Ryu set to square off with Matt Cain, the Dodgers open a four-game series in San Francisco on Monday night in what will be reliever Sergio Romo's first visit to AT&T Park wearing Dodger Blue. Romo can't wait.

"I'm excited to go," he said. "I get to see my former teammates, these are my friends. Not only that, I spent 12 years in that organization, nine years in the big leagues, spent every day with these guys. They know when my birthday is. They know my kids and family on a personal level. I will never, ever forget those guys. It's a lifelong relationship. It's pretty dope. Maybe between the lines we're playing against each other, but it will be hard for me to keep that smile off my face when I get on that mound."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moore's Colorado struggles continue in loss

Moore's Colorado struggles continue in loss

DENVER -- For Rockies rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela, facing the Giants spurs growth. On Saturday night -- for the second time in a week -- Senzatela threw seven stellar innings while shutting down the Giants, this time in a 12-3 victory at Coors Field.

After being fastball-dominant early in Sunday's 4-3 victory at AT&T Park, Senzatela said he worked on the "chop," or the downward break, of his slider. This time he mixed his best slider of the season early, plus he threw a small number of effective changeups.

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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.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Span sprains shoulder making catch at wall

Span sprains shoulder making catch at wall

DENVER -- The Giants' outfield woes continued Saturday night as center fielder Denard Span sustained a mild right shoulder sprain while colliding with the wall during San Francisco's 12-3 loss to Colorado.

Though Span told MLB.com that X-rays were negative, manager Bruce Bochy said the 33-year-old might need a couple of days of rest before he can play again.

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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 brings relief to Giants' pitching staff

Stratton brings relief to Giants' pitching staff

DENVER -- On a night when the Colorado Rockies handed them a 12-3 loss, the Giants honestly could say the most redeeming aspect of their performance involved pitching.

Right-hander Chris Stratton, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento after Madison Bumgarner's dirt-bike mishap, pitched three hitless innings after starter Matt Moore put the Giants in a 6-3 hole.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Melancon discusses ups and downs

Giants closer hasn't always had straight path in Majors

Q&A: Melancon discusses ups and downs

Mark Melancon faced challenges early in his career, from injuries to demotions. However, he looks back at them as blessings.

The Colorado native has turned into a three-time All-Star, the 2015 National League leader in saves with 51 and, now, the top free-agent signing by the Giants during the offseason.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belt's power intensified by Coors Field

Belt's power intensified by Coors Field

DENVER -- The list of hitters who love performing at Coors Field is a long one, and Brandon Belt is near the top of the list.

The Giants first baseman has hit 10 career home runs at Coors Field, including a drive during Friday night's series opener that traveled a projected 456 feet, according to Statcast™.

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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 burned by Rockies' 2-homer inning

Giants burned by Rockies' 2-homer inning

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies packed their offense into Friday night's fourth inning, as Trevor Story's grand slam preceded Charlie Blackmon's two-run, inside-the-park homer in a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Giants starter Johnny Cueto entered the game with a 7-0 record and a 1.47 ERA in his last eight starts against the Rockies. That didn't matter to Colorado, which defeated San Francisco for the fourth time in five games, as Cueto yielded all six Rockies runs along with eight hits in five innings.

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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.

Owen Perkins is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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Dirt-bike accident sends Bumgarner to DL

Giants' ace will reportedly be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with left shoulder injury

Dirt-bike accident sends Bumgarner to DL

DENVER -- Any thoughts or actions the Giants devote toward maintaining their postseason contender status will be tempered by the multiple injuries that ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner sustained in a dirt-bike accident Thursday.

Indulging in what he thought would be harmless recreation on a scheduled off-day, Bumgarner sustained bruised ribs and a Grade 1 or 2 AC sprain in his pitching shoulder, the Giants announced Friday. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Bumgarner is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, though the Giants would not confirm that.

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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 solve Chatwood before falling to Rockies

Giants solve Chatwood before falling to Rockies

DENVER -- Those seeking good news from the Giants must dwell upon a largely ignored but still significant aspect of Friday's 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

The Giants mustered some decent offense against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, amassing four runs and seven hits in six innings off the right-hander. They even batted around in the second inning, when they scored three runs. This was the same Chatwood who twirled a two-hit shutout at San Francisco last Saturday.

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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.

Bochy back, 'ready to roll' after heart procedure

Bochy back, 'ready to roll' after heart procedure

DENVER -- Despite the sobering news about Madison Bumgarner's trip to the disabled list, Bruce Bochy felt relieved to resume his managerial duties Friday.

Bochy, 62, underwent a minor heart procedure Monday to repair an ablation to alleviate discomfort he was experiencing due to an atrial flutter. He rested at his San Diego home during the Giants' two-game Interleague series at Kansas City.

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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.

Inbox: Posey best suited strictly at first?

Beat reporter Chris Haft answers questions from Giants fans

Inbox: Posey best suited strictly at first?

Why not play Buster Posey at first base 100 percent of the time?
-- Larry P., Los Angeles

The Giants believe that Posey is a significant enough asset defensively to keep him behind the plate. But as you're implying, I also see Posey's offensive production dwindling prematurely if he continues to catch regularly. San Francisco might not seriously reconsider its current use of Posey unless his offensive output plummets severely during an upcoming season.

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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 efficient, falls in pitchers' duel

Bumgarner efficient, falls in pitchers' duel

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Jason Vargas continued his dominant start to 2017, tossing seven shutout innings to pick up his third straight victory in a 2-0 triumph over the Giants on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Vargas, who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and pitched just 12 innings last season, gave up four hits, walked none and struck out nine as he lowered his ERA to 0.44. He has thrown 14 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Giants on Wednesday.

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Lack of run support spoils Bumgarner's outing

Lack of run support spoils Bumgarner's outing

The Royals saw a different Madison Bumgarner than the one who silenced them three years ago in the World Series. Bumgarner's results, however, looked extremely familiar.

Despite lacking his best stuff, Bumgarner threw mostly zeros against the Royals. But the Giants' struggling offense continued to undermine Bumgarner's efforts, resulting in Kansas City's 2-0 Interleague triumph Wednesday.

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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 savors World Series time with KC

Cueto savors World Series time with KC

KANSAS CITY -- While much of the focus the last couple of days has been on a nucleus of Giants players who earned championship rings at Kauffman Stadium in 2014, right-hander Johnny Cueto has a different jewelry story to tell with a Kansas City connection.

The Giants' two-game series at Kauffman marked Cueto's first trip back since he was part of the Royals' 2015 World Championship club. But Cueto didn't pitch in the Kansas City series. His next turn in the Giants' rotation will come Friday in Colorado.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Giants on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beede back on track with Sacramento

Beede back on track with Sacramento

Class A Advanced Palm Beach right-hander Junior Fernandez put his tough start to the season behind him in a truly dominant manner on Wednesday night, retiring the first 19 batters he faced en route to tossing eight scoreless innings to pace the Cardinals in a 7-0 shutout of Tampa.

The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect, who allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out six and generating nine ground-ball outs.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Desire to win keeps driving Bochy

Giants manager's competitive spirit not dampened by recent health issues

Desire to win keeps driving Bochy

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has those sleepy eyes, that slow way of speaking, but don't be deceived. He is the game's ultimate warrior.

Bochy's bio carries the notation that he is one of eight French-born big league players in history, the first European-born manager to take his team to the postseason and the first French-born manager to win a World Series.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants slip past Royals with 11th-inning rally

Giants slip past Royals with 11th-inning rally

KANSAS CITY -- Joe Panik looped a two-out single to right-center, just in front of a diving Lorenzo Cain, scoring Nick Hundley from second base and the Giants slipped past the Royals, 2-1, in 11 innings Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Panik's single came off Royals left-hander Scott Alexander, who gave up a two-out double to Hundley on a 3-2 pitch.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Panik produces more magic in Kansas City

Panik produces more magic in Kansas City

Giants second baseman Joe Panik maintained his penchant for distinguishing himself at Kansas City. This time he boosted the Giants with his bat instead of his glove.

A high achiever in a low-scoring game, Panik singled home Nick Hundley with the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning, five innings after he singled and scored San Francisco's initial run. Panik thus contributed handsomely to the Giants' 2-1 triumph in Tuesday night's opener of a two-city, five-game trip.

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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 returns as designated hitter vs. Royals

Posey returns as designated hitter vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY -- The Giants activated Buster Posey just prior to Tuesday's game against the Royals, easing him back into the lineup as a designated hitter in the cleanup spot.

"We just feel that's a good move right now with where the season falls," Posey said before tallying three hits in the Giants' 2-1, 11-inning victory. "Being able to take advantage of that makes sense right now."

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy undergoes minor heart procedure

Giants manager to miss series against the Royals

Bochy undergoes minor heart procedure

KANSAS CITY -- As they prepared to open a two-game series against the Royals on Tuesday, the Giants had the well-being of manager Bruce Bochy uppermost in their minds.

The Giants announced earlier in the day that Bochy would miss the Kansas City trip after undergoing a minor heart procedure -- an ablation to alleviate discomfort he was experiencing due to an atrial flutter. The procedure, which was performed in San Diego, was deemed a success and Bochy is resting at his home. He is scheduled to rejoin the club Friday in Colorado.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Evans talks about building SF squad

Giants senior VP, GM discusses longevity in front office

Q&A: Evans talks about building SF squad

It's rare to see players spend more than two decades in the same uniform, but it's become just as atypical for an executive to call the same organization home for that length of time.

Bobby Evans is one of those rare cases, having just started his 24th season in the Giants' front office. After serving as San Francisco's assistant general manager for nine seasons, Evans was promoted to senior vice president and general manager in April 2015.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Following surgery, Parker out 8-10 weeks

Giants recall Okert; Posey could play in series vs. KC

Following surgery, Parker out 8-10 weeks

SAN FRANCISCO -- The bad news for Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker was that he needed surgery Sunday to repair his fractured right clavicle.

The good news for Parker is that he'll likely play again this season.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Garcia makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Garcia makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Welcome back to the MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week. Each week, the Pipeline staff will choose the top performers at each position in the Minor Leagues. This first edition covers a week and a half since the Minor League season began mid-week, giving us a slightly larger sample from which to choose. One new wrinkle in 2017: A reliever of the week will be chosen for the first time.

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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.

Shark, Giants falling prey to close games

Samardzija: Early runs key to 'close the gap,' build confidence

Shark, Giants falling prey to close games

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants aren't playing terribly, though their .357 winning percentage suggests otherwise.

Neither manager Bruce Bochy nor a single player in San Francisco's clubhouse offered excuses for the team's plunging fortunes after Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rockies. Concern might have entered the Giants' collective psyche, but they've avoided distress or panic.

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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.

Brandons boost offense but Giants drop finale

Brandons boost offense but Giants drop finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies relied on an early burst of offense and effective late-inning pitching and defense Sunday to outlast the Giants, 4-3, in soggy conditions at AT&T Park.

By taking three of four, the Rockies won a four-game series at San Francisco for the first time in team history.

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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.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Rox, Giants honor Jackie's impact

Colorado third-base coach Diaz: 'He changed our country'

Rox, Giants honor Jackie's impact

SAN FRANCISCO -- Managers Bud Black of Colorado and Bruce Bochy of San Francisco paid heartfelt and eloquent tribute to Jackie Robinson, who became a legend forever by breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947.

Saturday was Jackie Robinson Day throughout the Major Leagues, as all uniformed personnel from each of the 30 ballclubs honored the pioneer by wearing his jersey number, 42.

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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' bats stymied as Moore struggles

Giants' bats stymied as Moore struggles

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though it's often said that complete games are extinct, Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood breathed new life into a dying art Saturday.

Chatwood maintained a perfect game for 5 2/3 innings and finished with a complete-game two-hitter Saturday in Colorado's 5-0 triumph over the Giants.

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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.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Prospect Arroyo off to fast start at Triple-A

Posey expected to play in series at Kansas City

Prospect Arroyo off to fast start at Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though the Minor League season has barely begun, the conviction is growing that infielder Christian Arroyo will join the Giants sooner rather than later.

Arroyo entered Triple-A Sacramento's game Friday night against Salt Lake City as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and went 3-for-3, lifting his overall batting average to .467 through eight games. Though that's a small sample size, the Giants have noticed Arroyo's productivity.

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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.