Giants complete sweep behind Vogelsong

Giants complete sweep behind Vogelsong

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Vogelsong practiced damage control for six innings, Joe Panik hit a go-ahead home run and the Giants finished a three-game sweep of the slumping Brewers with a 3-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

Panik's two-run home run came in the fifth inning against Brewers starter Mike Fiers, who pitched on three days' rest in place of an injured Wily Peralta. Former Brewer Nori Aoki had opened the inning with a single -- his ninth hit of the series -- before Panik connected with a first-pitch fastball to erase a short-lived Brewers lead. It was the 60th home run off a Brewers pitcher this season, second most to San Diego's staff in the Major Leagues, but the first homer off Fiers in four starts.

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Pitching carries Giants to end stellar trip

Vogelsong allows one run over six innings to beat Brewers

Pitching carries Giants to end stellar trip

MILWAUKEE -- The Giants sealed their success on a tough journey with a tough starting pitcher.

San Francisco completed its 5-2 performance against the Rockies and Brewers behind Ryan Vogelsong, who finished the trip Wednesday with six stubborn innings in a 3-1 triumph at Miller Park.

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Posey in mix for starting ASG catcher spot

Giants backstop trails only Molina in first ballot released Wednesday

Posey in mix for starting ASG catcher spot

MILWAUKEE -- Buster Posey of the Giants finds himself in a familiar spot in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot: In tight competition with St. Louis' Yadier Molina in the balloting among National League catchers.

Posey, a two-time All-Star, received 759,187 votes in the NL's initial All-Star polling update announced Wednesday. He ranked second only to Molina, the six-time All-Star who led the catchers with 859,520 votes.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants return home with Heston facing Braves

Giants return home with Heston facing Braves

The Atlanta Braves will see some variety for a change from the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff when the teams meet for a four-game series beginning Thursday at AT&T Park.

Last year, the Giants threw Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner, in that order, in both series against the Braves. That combination worked well for San Francisco, which won five of six games. This time, the Braves will get a look at starters Chris Heston and Tim Hudson, their former ace, in the first two games. Then Lincecum and Bumgarner will start against Atlanta for the 16th and sixth time in their careers, respectively.

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Bumgarner-Gomez issue a clash of styles

Brewers center fielder took exception to glare from Giants ace in Tuesday's game

Bumgarner-Gomez issue a clash of styles

MILWAUKEE -- The Madison Bumgarner and Carlos Gomez dustup on Tuesday night was merely the latest collision of old school vs. new school in Major League Baseball, said Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Wednesday morning.

Some background: In the third inning of Tuesday's 6-3 Giants win, Gomez yelled at himself after fouling off a 0-1 fastball that split the middle of the strike zone. Bumgarner took issue and stared at Gomez, then delivered an inside fastball for ball 1. They stared at each other again before Gomez flew out on the next pitch.

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Still learning at third, Duffy provides pop

Giants get key homer from rookie infielder new to hot corner

Still learning at third, Duffy provides pop

MILWAUKEE -- Matt Duffy calmly and graciously contemplated the possibility of Casey McGehee's return to third base. Should Duffy duplicate Tuesday's performance a few more times, however, no changes at the hot corner are imminent.

Duffy contributed heavily to the Giants' 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-run homer that highlighted a three-run fourth inning and lengthened San Francisco's lead to 5-1. It gave the rookie 15 RBIs in his last 16 games and hiked his batting average with runners in scoring position to a team-high .429 (15-for-35). Duffy's third homer of the season, a first-pitch drive off Brewers starter Matt Garza, traveled an estimated 408 feet over the center-field wall. That might seem like a prodigious poke from such a slender individual. But the Giants know better.

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Homers help Bumgarner beat Brewers

Homers help Bumgarner beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt homered to back Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who fought through a long sixth inning to preserve his fifth win in six starts, 6-3 over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Bumgarner did not allow a hit through three innings and carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth, when the Brewers worked Bumgarner for 32 pitches and knocked two runs off the deficit. But a defensive gem from shortstop Brandon Crawford ended Milwaukee's rally, and San Francisco's bullpen finished the victory.

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Mike Bauman

Bumgarner truly among game's elite pitchers

Bumgarner truly among game's elite pitchers

MILWAUKEE -- Next up in the career progression for Madison Bumgarner would be a regular-season award. His work requires no further validations, but the National League Cy Young Award would seem to be completely appropriate.

Bumgarner's 2015 record is 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA. He has walked just 12 and struck out 55 in 63 innings. Bumgarner has set the bar sufficiently high that an outing that qualifies as a quality start can leave people asking what went wrong.

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

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.

Gomez screamed to himself after fouling off an 0-1 fastball, loud enough to be picked up on the television broadcast of the game. Bumgarner appeared to take issue and gave Gomez a stare, then threw another fastball inside for ball one. The two looked at each other again before Bumgarner again came inside with a fastball, which Gomez hit for an inning-ending flyout to left field.

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Richard Justice

Giants-Dodgers: The race we deserve

Giants-Dodgers: The race we deserve

If we're going to have a Giants-Dodgers summer, we must be doing something right. Isn't this the living, breathing definition of a great rivalry? Isn't baseball better when they're both competitive?

Who ya got?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGehee accepts assignment to Triple-A

McGehee accepts assignment to Triple-A

MILWAUKEE -- Bent on contributing to the Giants this season, third baseman Casey McGehee accepted his assignment to Triple-A Sacramento and was expected to be in the River Cats' lineup Tuesday night against Nashville and former San Francisco left-hander Barry Zito.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans conveyed McGehee's approach of treating the next 10 days or so as Spring Training in an attempt to give himself a fresh start and revive his hitting. McGehee, 32, batted .200 in 35 games with San Francisco and grounded into 12 double plays, which remains tied for the Major League lead.

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Giants' big 6th negates Brewers' 3 homers

Giants' big 6th negates Brewers' 3 homers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hit a trio of home runs off Tim Lincecum, but Lincecum's Giants responded with a barrage of base hits for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-4 win at Miller Park on Monday.

Trailing, 4-1, entering the decisive sixth, San Francisco sent 12 men to the plate against four Brewers pitchers during a rally that featured seven hits, two walks and two errors charged to Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez. The first six hits of the inning were singles, including Andrew Susac's tying hit off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse and Gregor Blanco's pinch-hit, go-ahead single on the first pitch from reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aoki enjoys Miller Park reunion with four hits

Former Brewers outfielder hits second HR of season, singles in big 6th

Aoki enjoys Miller Park reunion with four hits

MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park served as Giants outfielder Nori Aoki's first home in the Major Leagues. On Monday, he returned for the first time as a visitor -- and returned with a bang.

Aoki matched a career high with four hits -- one of them a home run -- scored two runs, drove in another two and reached base in all five of his plate appearances in the Giants' 8-4 win over the Brewers, the club he began his Major League career with in 2012.

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Mike Bauman

Gritty Giants overcome Lincecum's rare blip

In midst of revival, maturing righty picks up win thanks to seven-run rally

Gritty Giants overcome Lincecum's rare blip

MILWAUKEE -- Tim Lincecum's career revival took a bit of a detour in Monday's 8-4 Giants victory over the Brewers, but San Francisco is going so well that Lincecum was not only taken off the hook, he became the winning pitcher.

The Giants have won 12 of their last 17, including an eight-game winning streak that ended with a loss on Saturday night. But their situation did not look all that promising on Memorial Day when Lincecum departed the game after five innings, with San Francisco trailing Milwaukee, 4-1.

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

Ishikawa designated for assignment

Giants out of roster room after postseason hero finishes rehab stint

Ishikawa designated for assignment

MILWAUKEE -- The Giants have designated 2014 postseason hero Travis Ishikawa for assignment after being reinstated off the 15-day disabled list. He opened the season with a back injury and had not played with the big league club in 2015.

Ishikawa, 31, recently finished a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento. He wasn't on the 25-man roster before the transaction and was out of options.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crawford adding power to Giants' lineup

Shortstop leads Majors at position in homers, slugging, RBIs

Crawford adding power to Giants' lineup

MILWAUKEE -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford's early-season power numbers haven't caught his manager by surprise. The same could be said about opposing pitchers, too.

Crawford, who's either first or tied for first among Major League shortstops in home runs, slugging percentage and RBIs, is on pace for career highs in those three power categories. Pitchers have taken notice, as he's seen on average more secondary pitches than in his previous four seasons.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big inning sinks Hudson in loss to Rockies

Big inning sinks Hudson in loss to Rockies

DENVER -- An emphatic eight-run fourth inning and Chad Bettis' dominant mound performance were more than enough for the Rockies in their 11-2 win over San Francisco in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field.

After dropping the first two games, Colorado managed a series split with Sunday's win, while also salvaging a .500 homestand at 4-4.

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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. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants relieved to escape rainy, wild Denver

San Francisco endures more than seven hours of delays, taxed bullpen

Giants relieved to escape rainy, wild Denver

DENVER -- The Giants' series against the Colorado Rockies became a success when their charter flight took off Sunday night for Milwaukee, the team's next stop.

Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers' playpen, has a retractable roof. That assures the Giants of avoiding the seven hours and seven minutes of rain delays that tested their patience here.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Lincecum freakishly good again after reboot

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner successful despite diminished stuff

Lincecum freakishly good again after reboot

DENVER -- Reality finally settled in.

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has made the transition from overpowering hitters to understanding the art of pitching. He is again combining with lefty Madison Bumgarner to give the Giants a top-flight 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation.

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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 booth enjoys Rockies' mullet cap giveaway

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Giants booth enjoys Rockies' mullet cap giveaway

The mullet remains one of mankind's most deeply misunderstood hairstyles. Sure, it may give off the vague impression that a woodland creature somehow managed to 1) climb on top of your head and 2) promptly die there, but is there not some sort of honor in that? Have we no respect for the man who can stare decency in the face and coolly reply "No, my Ratt records and I are good, thanks"?

Thankfully, the Colorado Rockies realize the brilliance inherent in the mullet (they do have some experience in this department), and have decided to celebrate accordingly during Sunday's game against the Giants. That's right, everybody -- it was Coors Field's Mullet Hat Night, and even the Giants' broadcast booth got in on the action: 

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Rockies' homer ends Giants' winning streak

Rockies' homer ends Giants' winning streak

DENVER -- Daniel Descalso's two-run homer in Saturday night's sixth inning enabled the Colorado Rockies to inch ahead and helped them claim a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending the defending World Series champions' eight-game winning streak.

"It was a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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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. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Crawford emerges as impact bat

Shortstop's clutch hitting has defending champs rising in NL West

Crawford emerges as impact bat

DENVER -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford always felt he belonged in the big leagues.

Now, at the age of 28, in his fourth full big league season, he knows it.

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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.

Blanco nabbed at third to snuff rally

Giants' win streak ends after double play in ninth; review also looms large

Blanco nabbed at third to snuff rally

DENVER -- A slide that wasn't and a slide that was conspired to end the Giants' eight-game winning streak Saturday night.

Their 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies couldn't be pinned directly on Gregor Blanco's decision not to slide into third base on a ninth-inning double play or Casey McGehee's fifth-inning run that was nullified by a replay review.

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Giants outlast Rockies for eighth straight win

Giants outlast Rockies for eighth straight win

DENVER -- A remarkable display of two-out hitting carried the San Francisco Giants to their eighth consecutive victory, a 10-8 decision Saturday over the Colorado Rockies in the first half of a day-night doubleheader.

Victimizing Rockies starter Jordan Lyles (2-5) -- who left in the fifth inning with a sprained toe on his left foot -- and reliever Yohan Flande, the Giants scored all of their runs from the fourth through sixth innings. Each came with two outs as Giants hitters went 9-for-12 in those situations. San Francisco's 4-5-6 hitters, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, combined to drive in seven runs.

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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. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strickland pitches in as 26th man for twin bill

Strickland pitches in as 26th man for twin bill

DENVER -- Hunter Strickland departed from Sacramento for Denver on Friday afternoon, an hour or two before he and a handful of Sacramento Rivercats were scheduled to receive their 2014 World Series rings.

Strickland wasn't concerned. He knows that he'll eventually get his ring. The right-hander figured that a summons to the big leagues -- even for a 24-hour assignment such as Saturday's, to bolster the Giants' roster for the day-night doubleheader against Colorado -- was worth the wait.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gregor Blanco strikes out, advances to third on error

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Gregor Blanco strikes out, advances to third on error

Generally, pitchers can safely regard a strikeout as a positive outcome for an at-bat -- worst case scenario, the batter ends up on first base after a wild pitch, but a K removes 99 percent of possible defensive/fluky baseball shenanigans. We say "99 percent" because, as the Rockies proved Saturday against the Giants, one should never underestimate the power of baseball shenanigans:

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After Vogey's gem, Giants hang on vs. Rockies

After Vogey's gem, Giants hang on vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong tossed six scoreless innings, and San Francisco poured on enough offense late, helping the Giants to an 11-8 win in Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

Vogelsong (3-2) held the Rockies to two hits and struck out five. The Giants led, 1-0, before Brandon Belt launched a two-run, 475-foot homer into the upper deck in the sixth off Kyle Kendrick (1-6). The Giants had five hits, including Buster Posey's two-run double, in a four-run seventh.

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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. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

DENVER -- Those who witnessed Brandon Belt's long-distance home run Friday probably described it in superlatives, logically enough. "Awesome," they might say. "Crushed." Not to mention "spectacular, titanic, gargantuan."

But only Belt really knew how it felt to drive a baseball into Coors Field's upper deck, a feat that San Francisco's first baseman accomplished in Friday's sixth inning as the Giants outscored the Colorado Rockies, 11-8.

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Vogelsong defies history at Coors Field

Giants righty pitches six shutout innings after three rough starts there

Vogelsong defies history at Coors Field

DENVER -- Any lingering doubts about Ryan Vogelsong's latest surge in performance dissolved Friday night in Coors Field's rarefied atmosphere.

Vogelsong continued his ascent, blanking the Colorado Rockies on two singles for six innings as the Giants roared to an 11-8 triumph. In his last four starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA while combining with Chris Heston to buffer the club from the absences of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy.

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