Panik goes on DL; Pagan to rest ailing knee

Tomlinson brought up to take All-Star second baseman's roster spot

Panik goes on DL; Pagan to rest ailing knee

ATLANTA -- The Giants were without their best 1-2 combination at the top of the batting order Monday -- and could remain that way for days to come -- as second baseman Joe Panik went on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation and center fielder Angel Pagan was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness.

Given the fickle nature of ailing backs, the Giants will feel fortunate if Panik, 24, can rejoin the team when he's eligible. As for Pagan, manager Bruce Bochy expressed hope the switch-hitting leadoff batter can "freshen up" with a few days' rest.

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Leake draws raves despite losing SF debut

New Giants right-hander allows two-run homer in 6 1/3 innings vs. Texas

Leake draws raves despite losing SF debut

ARLINGTON -- Giants fans wishing to become charter members of the Mike Leake Fan Club must wait in line. Leake's fresh set of teammates already formed the admiration society.

Leake absorbed the decision in the Giants' 2-1 Interleague loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday. But he delivered the type of performance that prompted San Francisco to obtain him from Cincinnati before last Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Scouting profile: Tyler Beede

Scouting profile: Tyler Beede

Background
Right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Beede gained acclaim as a highly touted athlete at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., where he played football, basketball and baseball. Beede was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 Draft, but instead he chose to attend Vanderbilt University.

Beede was a star at Vanderbilt. He was again selected in the first round in the 2014 Draft, as the San Francisco Giants selected him with the 14th overall pick.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense can't back Leake in first Giants start

Offense can't back Leake in first Giants start

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton shattered the offensive silence Sunday at Globe Life Park with a sixth-inning home run that complemented Martin Perez's dominant performance as the Texas Rangers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Perez limited San Francisco, which entered the afternoon ranked second in the National League in batting, to one hit in eight innings -- Justin Maxwell's infield single with two outs in the fifth -- and exited after allowing a one-out double to Angel Pagan in the ninth.

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Strickland adds finesse to power pitching

Reliever hurls two shutout innings to help Giants top Rangers

Strickland adds finesse to power pitching

ARLINGTON -- Giants reliever Hunter Strickland's development might not yet be complete, but it's proceeding in plain view for all to see.

Strickland's rookie status is merely a matter of service time. In terms of practical experience, he's resembling a veteran more and more with each appearance. The right-hander's latest stint occurred Saturday night, when his two shutout innings solidified an uneven but ultimately effective relief effort in the Giants' 9-7, 11-inning Interleague triumph over the Texas Rangers.

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Pence sparks Giants' comeback win vs. Texas

Pence sparks Giants' comeback win vs. Texas

ARLINGTON -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth and then hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th, providing the force behind a 9-7 Giants win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Pence helped the Giants spoil the Rangers debut of Cole Hamels, who threw 7 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing five earned runs in a no-decision. The Rangers were up, 7-4, when Hamels left the game, but the Giants rallied in the eighth to tie the game. Buster Posey helped lead the charge with three hits, including a home run, and Brandon Belt hit a pair of shots to record his second career multi-homer game.

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Belt muscles up vs. lefties in home state

First baseman slugs two homers in Giants' win over Rangers

Belt muscles up vs. lefties in home state

ARLINGTON -- Texas native Brandon Belt pondered his extensive guest list for the Giants' Interleague game Saturday night against the Rangers. San Francisco's first baseman estimated he left 25 tickets for relatives and friends.

"At least I was able to show them something," said Belt, who displayed power by recording his second career two-homer game. His second long ball followed Hunter Pence's tiebreaking leadoff homer in the 11th and cemented the Giants' 9-7, 11-inning triumph.

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Panik sits out with recurrence of back stiffness

Panik sits out with recurrence of back stiffness

ARLINGTON -- Lower back stiffness sidelined Giants second baseman Joe Panik on Sunday, marking the second time in four games that this malady forced him from the lineup.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Panik's discomfort returned during Saturday night's 9-7, 11-inning Interleague triumph over the Texas Rangers. Bochy approached Panik, who collected two hits, about leaving the game. But, said Bochy, "he gutted it out and said that he was good enough to keep going."

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Lincecum optimistic his season's not over

Giants righty throws on flat ground in recovery from hip treatment

Lincecum optimistic his season's not over

ARLINGTON -- An upbeat Tim Lincecum expressed confidence that he will pitch again for the Giants this season, though he last performed more than a month ago and continues to cope with a degenerative hip condition.

"The way things have been progressing, I don't see why not," Lincecum said of his chances to pitch. He spoke at length with reporters Saturday for the first time since receiving cortisone shots in both hips during a July 20 visit to Dr. Thomas Byrd, a Nashville, Tenn.-based hip specialist.

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Bochy: Mad Bumgarner reached 'boiling point'

Bochy: Mad Bumgarner reached 'boiling point'

ARLINGTON -- Madison Bumgarner had plenty to be steamed about Friday night, and that had nothing to do with the 95-degree temperatures enveloping Globe Life Park.

Bumgarner was miffed that the Texas Rangers managed to score all their runs in the first two innings of a 6-3 Interleague victory over the Giants. In a couple of instances, Bumgarner threw the pitch he wanted, but it still got hammered.

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Homers haunt MadBum; Giants fall in Texas

Homers haunt MadBum; Giants fall in Texas

ARLINGTON -- A rejuvenated Rangers lineup, led by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, handled Madison Bumgarner, while right-hander Nick Martinez pitched his best game since June in the Rangers' 6-3 win against the Giants on Friday.

Martinez started slow, allowing runs in each of the first two innings, but he had the benefit of run support. The Rangers scored twice in the first against Bumgarner on a two-run home run from Beltre and added four more in the second, two coming on Andrus's two-run blast.

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Hudson understands, welcomes Leake trade

Hudson understands, welcomes Leake trade

ARLINGTON -- Maintaining his reputation as a team-first individual, Tim Hudson welcomed Thursday night's trade that brought Mike Leake to the Giants.

It didn't matter to Hudson that he relinquished his spot in the starting rotation to Leake as a result of the deal.

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Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

San Francisco sends No. 1 prospect Mella, Duvall to Cincinnati in exchange

Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

ARLINGTON -- Bent on improving their starting rotation, the Giants obtained right-hander Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds late Thursday night for two Minor Leaguers, right-hander Keury Mella and infielder Adam Duvall.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans tried fruitlessly to acquire Cole Hamels from Philadelphia or David Price from Detroit, All-Star left-handers who were considered the two premier starters among the pitchers considered available before Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline. Evans said that Hamels waived his no-trade clause to make a deal involving San Francisco possible, but the Phillies reached a tentative agreement with the Rangers instead. The Giants lacked the Major League-ready starters the Tigers wanted in exchange for Price, who went to the Blue Jays for three Minor League left-handers.

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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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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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Anthony Castrovince

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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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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