Giants break stalemate vs. Brewers with big 7th

Giants break stalemate vs. Brewers with big 7th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.

The Giants, who concluded a 5-1 homestand, shattered a scoreless tie as Matt Duffy singled and came home on Hunter Pence's double off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers (5-9) to begin the seventh. Brandon Belt singled, Brandon Crawford launched a sacrifice fly and Hector Sanchez doubled before Adrianza, replacing injured second baseman Joe Panik, grounded his hit to right. That hastened San Francisco's 13th win in its last 15 games.

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Pence provides jolt in all facets for Giants

Outfielder makes two great defensive plays, hits go-ahead RBI double

Pence provides jolt in all facets for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence cocked his bat, recognized the pitch, and unloaded on a Mike Fiers fastball, driving the ball into left-center field to score the hustling Matt Duffy from first base.

Pence's RBI double in the seventh inning proved to be all the offense the Giants would need in their 5-0 win over the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park.

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Giants remain open-minded about trades

Team still aggressive in pursuit of starting pitching

Giants remain open-minded about trades

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants general manager Bobby Evans sounded like a man ready to bargain Wednesday, indicating the club will remain active in negotiations with other teams until the non-waiver Trade Deadline passes at 1 p.m. PT Friday.

The Giants believe they need a quality starting pitcher to further their bid for the postseason and a second straight World Series title. To that end, they have contacted the Phillies about left-hander Cole Hamels and are believed to be eyeing Detroit lefty David Price. A Giants scout was present at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to watch Price pitch Tuesday. Chicago White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija also has been mentioned as a potential option. Together, the trio has made nine All-Star teams.

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Rangers welcome Giants for 2010 World Series rematch

Rangers welcome Giants for 2010 World Series rematch

For the first time since defeating the Texas Rangers to win the 2010 World Series, the San Francisco Giants travel to Globe Life Park on Friday for a three-game set.

The two teams last met in 2012 at AT&T Park, where the Rangers took two of three from the Giants with a pair of shutouts. Ryan Vogelsong, who was moved to the Giants' bullpen this month, recorded the team's only win in the series.

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Vogelsong bringing heat out of Giants' bullpen

Vogelsong bringing heat out of Giants' bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong is throwing a lot less these days. He's also throwing significantly harder.

Moved from the Giants' starting rotation to the bullpen after the All-Star break, Vogelsong has gained velocity on his fastball. He reached 93-94 mph during the perfect ninth inning he pitched Tuesday night against Milwaukee, compared with the range of 89-91 mph he consistently maintained as a starter.

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Giants' win streak ends as Cain takes loss

Giants' win streak ends as Cain takes loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gerardo Parra finished a homer short of a cycle and Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh inning in his first start in over two months as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped the San Francisco Giants' six-game win streak with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Peralta, who had not pitched since May 22 because of a strained left oblique, showed no signs of rust as he shut down a Giants lineup that averaged more than six runs per game over its previous 13 contests. Peralta limited San Francisco to four hits through the first six frames before allowing a double and two runs in the seventh.

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Cain wobbles, accenting search for starter

Giants could try to augment rotation before Trade Deadline

Cain wobbles, accenting search for starter

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain intends to be an asset to the Giants during the stretch drive toward the postseason. Meanwhile, Giants management will spend the next few days striving to acquire another pitcher who can accomplish this same task.

Cain fell short of his best in the Giants' 5-2 loss Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Brewers, throwing too many unchallenging strikes while yielding four runs and eight hits in six innings.

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Panik sitting out with stiff lower back

Giants second baseman hopes to return after Thursday's off-day

Panik sitting out with stiff lower back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's absence from the Giants' lineup Tuesday night was originally thought to be a day of rest, but manager Bruce Bochy admitted following the team's 5-2 loss to the Brewers that his second baseman is dealing with lower back stiffness.

Bochy said he plans to give Panik another day off Wednesday and hopes he will be able to return following the team's off-day Thursday.

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Romo comfortable filling in as Giants' closer

Romo comfortable filling in as Giants' closer

SAN FRANCISCO -- As long as Sergio Romo remains capable of retiring Major League hitters, re-entering the closer's role should remain a smooth process for him.

Romo hasn't been the Giants' regular closer since June 2014, but he had little trouble recording his second save of the season in Monday's 4-2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers. Filling in for Santiago Casilla, who needed a break after saving the previous two games, Romo has maintained a simple philosophy: Regardless of which inning he works, each out is equally essential.

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Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games and cut their National League West deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to a half-game.

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With return of key players, Giants making run

With return of key players, Giants making run

SAN FRANCISCO -- In Spring Training, Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a vision -- a vision not necessarily of the defending World Series champions repeating what they accomplished last season, but more of how he could put them in the best position to do so.

When Hunter Pence fractured his forearm in an exhibition game March 6, Bochy was hit with a roadblock. He was forced to begin the year without one of his core players -- a middle-of-the-order guy and the energizer of his ballclub.

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Arias dropped as Aoki returns from DL

Giants utility player designated for assignment to clear space for outfielder

Arias dropped as Aoki returns from DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was activated from the disabled list and infielder Joaquin Arias was designated for assignment in a corresponding move Monday.

Aoki returned from Triple-A Sacramento, where he went 3-for-13 in four rehab games with the River Cats. He missed 28 games with a fractured right fibula.

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Blach, Stratton, Duvall power Triple-A Sacramento

Giants No. 7 prospect throws shutout, No. 10 picks up first win for RiverCats, No. 16 homers in both games of twin bill

Blach, Stratton, Duvall power Triple-A Sacramento

San Francisco Triple-A affiliate Sacramento took both games of a doubleheader from Albuquerque in blowout fashion, winning by a combined 20-1 score.

While the RiverCats got plenty of offense, it was the pitching that was truly dominant on Monday. Giants No. 7 prospect Ty Blach led the way with a seven-inning shutout in the opener, allowing four hits against no walks while striking out one to push his season record to 9-8.

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Giants sweep A's with lift from Duffy, Posey

Giants sweep A's with lift from Duffy, Posey

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy homered and drove in three runs and Buster Posey went 4-for-4 to back Tim Hudson's abbreviated performance Sunday as the Giants completed a three-game Interleague series sweep of the Oakland A's with a 4-3 triumph.

The Giants have won five consecutive games and 11 of their last 12 to trim their deficit behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West to one game. San Francisco also lengthened its home winning streak to six games while recording its first three-game sweep of the A's at AT&T Park since May 20-22, 2011.

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Bumgarner among MLB's best 25-and-unders

Bumgarner among MLB's best 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Hudson joins small club with win over A's

Giants veteran becomes 15th pitcher with victories vs. all 30 MLB teams

Hudson joins small club with win over A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sixteen years ago, on June 8, 1999, Tim Hudson made his Major League debut with the Oakland A's. And on Sunday, Hudson's career came full circle as he defeated his first big league club for the first time.

In doing so during the Giants' 4-3 victory, Hudson joined some elite company, becoming the 15th pitcher in baseball history to earn a win against all 30 current Major League clubs.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft, a reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy quickly becomes third-base fixture

Giants rookie ably filling hole left by Sandoval's departure

Duffy quickly becomes third-base fixture

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Pablo Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million contract this past offseason with the Boston Red Sox, he left the Giants with a major hole to fill.

Sandoval played an integral role in helping the Giants win three championships in the last five seasons. The Venezuelan third baseman was a staple in manager Bruce Bochy's lineup and beloved by the city of San Francisco.

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Aoki's return imminent pending medical check

Aoki's return imminent pending medical check

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left fielder Nori Aoki could rejoin the lineup as soon as Monday if team doctors consider him physically satisfactory during an examination Sunday.

Aoki, who sustained a fractured right fibula when he was hit by a pitch by Los Angeles' Carlos Frias on June 20, was expected to be checked thoroughly by the club's medical staff. Aoki hit .231 (3-for-13) in the first four games of his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, including 2-for-3 with a run scored Saturday.

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Bumgarner's booming bat a boon to Giants

Bumgarner's booming bat a boon to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner recognized a fastball from Chris Bassitt, kept his hands inside the baseball and let the bat do the work.

The ball sailed over the head of A's left fielder Mark Canha and into the outfield bleachers to give the Giants their first run in a 2-1 win over the A's on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.

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Giants reward MadBum after his HR vs. A's

Giants reward MadBum after his HR vs. A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik and Matt Duffy collaborated on a tiebreaking sixth-inning rally that lifted the Giants to a 2-1 Interleague triumph Saturday over the Oakland A's at AT&T Park.

With the score deadlocked at 1, Panik prolonged the sixth by doubling with two outs off A's starter Chris Bassitt (0-3). Duffy followed by stroking a single to right field that scored Panik. San Francisco, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, leads the Majors with 190 two-out runs.

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Lincecum tests hip ailment with light throwing

Lincecum tests hip ailment with light throwing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum resumed throwing Saturday for the first time since being shut down on July 20.

Lincecum, 31, who threw a bullpen session before the All-Star break, was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition after struggling with his pitching mechanics while recovering from a right forearm contusion he sustained in his last outing on June 27.

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Perfect streak ends for Giants reliever Kontos

Perfect streak ends for Giants reliever Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- George Kontos' drive for perfection ended Friday night when he allowed his first inherited runner to score this season in the Giants' 9-3 Interleague decision over the Oakland A's. Beforehand, Kontos marooned all 26 runners that were on base when he entered the game.

"It's something I took pride in," said Kontos, 30.

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Peavy, Pence lead Giants to win over A's

Peavy, Pence lead Giants to win over A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence collected four hits to back Jake Peavy's six-plus innings of three-run ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-3, in the series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.

Pence doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, doubled again in the fifth and legged out an infield single in the sixth to cap off the right fielder's first four-hit game of the season. The Giants improved to 22-7 in games Pence starts.

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Pence highlights value with four-hit night

Pence highlights value with four-hit night

SAN FRANCISCO -- You might remember those signs toted by fans that bore goofy declarations about Hunter Pence's perceived habits. They proliferated about a year ago but have mostly vanished this season. That's possibly because everybody knows what matters most about the man: Hunter Pence is a winning ballplayer.

Pence reinforced that truth in the Giants' 9-3 Interleague triumph Friday night over the Oakland A's. He hammered a pair of RBI doubles while recording his first four-hit game of the season as the Giants secured their ninth victory in 10 games. San Francisco also defeated the A's for only the third time in 10 meetings.

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Aoki continuing Minor League rehab

Aoki continuing Minor League rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Nori Aoki needs at least two more rehab games before returning to the lineup, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.

"It could be two games, it could be more," Bochy said before Friday's series opener vs. Oakland at AT&T Park. "We'll see how tonight and tomorrow goes."

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Emotions pour out during Simmons tribute

Emotions pour out during Simmons tribute

SAN FRANCISCO -- The intimate function held on Thursday night at AT&T Park to honor the late broadcaster Lon Simmons was a celebration, not a memorial.

Certainly, Simmons' death at age 91 on Easter Sunday remained fresh in the minds of the relatives, friends and colleagues who gathered in a corner of the ballpark's club level to remember the man who had an enduring impact on Bay Area baseball. But any tears that were shed came between bouts of laughter -- because, as speaker after speaker recalled, Simmons' sense of humor was as rich and deep as his familiar baritone, which conveyed the exploits of both the Giants (1958-73, '76-78, '96-2002) and A's (1981-95).

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Posey playing his way into another MVP discussion

Posey playing his way into another MVP discussion

SAN DIEGO -- Evaluating contenders for postseason honors is a premature exercise in late July, but it's fair to entertain the notion that Buster Posey has played himself into consideration for his second National League Most Valuable Player Award.

Posey furthered his cause Wednesday as the Giants overwhelmed the San Diego Padres, 7-1. The San Francisco catcher went 2-for-5 with a two-run double in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie. The double sustained a pattern for Posey, who's batting .476 (20-for-42) with runners in scoring position and two outs. It also helped the Giants conclude their two-city, six-game trip with a 5-1 record.

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