Bumgarner slated to start throwing Friday

Bumgarner slated to start throwing Friday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will resume throwing Friday, according to the latest update that manager Bruce Bochy issued Sunday.

Bumgarner, who bruised his ribs and sprained a joint in his left (throwing) shoulder in a dirt-bike accident near Denver on a scheduled off-day April 20, will begin regaining his form by simply playing catch. He must gradually rebuild his arm strength before he can start throwing off a mound.

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Giants come alive to back stellar Blach

Giants come alive to back stellar Blach

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Blach doesn't blow away hitters with his stuff or observers with his statistics. All he does is remain steady, a trait that the San Francisco Giants appreciated Saturday night in their 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Blach took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning before he finally faltered. He ultimately yielded two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, marking the fifth time in seven starts that he has worked at least seven innings while surrendering three or fewer earned runs. He also struck out a season-high five.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Saturday.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Hundley's adjustments produce 1st Giants HR

Hundley's adjustments produce 1st Giants HR

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nick Hundley's offensive prowess accented the Giants' desire to sign him as a free agent last offseason. That became easy to remember Saturday, when he drove in a season-high three runs and went 3-for-4 in San Francisco's 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

However, Hundley's hitting potential might have been easy to forget Friday night, when he struck out three times in four at-bats in the Giants' 2-0 loss.

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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.

Pence close to Minor League rehab stint

Pence close to Minor League rehab stint

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that right fielder Hunter Pence was on schedule to begin his Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment Wednesday or Thursday.

Pence looked ready to test his strained left hamstring sooner, given the high frequency with which he drove batting-practice pitches over AT&T Park's outfield walls.

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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 can't crack Braves' Garcia

Giants can't crack Braves' Garcia

SAN FRANCISCO -- Atlanta southpaw Jaime Garcia outdueled Giants right-hander Matt Cain in Friday's 2-0 win by the Braves, a crisp matchup that featured a couple of veteran starters.

Garcia tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five, to pick up his first victory since April 29. He also broke up a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a single to left field that led to two runs.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Friday.

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Cain lacks support in bounce-back start

Cain lacks support in bounce-back start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain did his part Friday night, but the veteran right-hander was left out in the cold by his offense. Despite throwing seven sharp innings to match a season high, Cain was saddled with the loss in Friday's 2-0 defeat against Atlanta to open a three-game set.

Cain and Braves veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia engaged in a pitchers' duel that was ultimately decided by a Garcia single in the seventh that led to two runs for the Braves.

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Giants activate Hill, option reliever Okert

Giants activate Hill, option reliever Okert

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants activated veteran utility man Aaron Hill (right forearm strain) from the 10-day disabled list Friday and optioned left-handed reliever Steven Okert to Triple-A Sacramento.

Hill returns to the Giants following an eight-game rehab stint between Class A Advanced San Jose and Triple-A Sacramento. He went 4-for-17 (.235) in five contests with the River Cats -- including a 2-for-5 effort with a triple, a homer and three RBIs on Tuesday.

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Belt's double not enough as Giants drop finale

Belt's double not enough as Giants drop finale

CHICAGO -- The Cubs picked up the home run pace on Thursday as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each hit solo shots to post a 5-1 victory over the Giants and Jeff Samardzija for their seventh win in the past nine games.

Bryant launched his 11th homer with two outs in the first, and Heyward and Zobrist led off the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to hand the Giants their 12th loss in the past 14 games at Wrigley Field, which includes postseason play. Chicago now has 26 home runs in the past 14 games, second-most in the National League behind the D-backs (28).

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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.

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Giants scoring first, struggling to hold leads

Finale loss vs. Cubs spoils road trip's early momentum

Giants scoring first, struggling to hold leads

CHICAGO -- The Giants have had pretty good success at scoring first, as they did again in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs in the finale of a seven-game road trip through St. Louis and Chicago.

The problem has been converting those early leads into wins, something at which the Giants excelled in recent years. In 2015, the Giants posted a 61-28 record when they scored first. Last year, they finished 56-28 in the same category. This year, the mark is 13-12.

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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.

Bryant homers -- with or without fan's grab

Bochy, Giants considered challenge after disputed catch in Wrigley bleachers

Bryant homers -- with or without fan's grab

CHICAGO -- Ultimately, nobody disputed that Kris Bryant belted a first-inning home run Thursday afternoon to propel the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Giants.

Initially, however, the Giants would have appreciated a chance to discuss the matter. But technology stepped in -- or, as was the case, tuned out.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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.

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Moore can't contain Rizzo in loss to Cubs

Moore can't contain Rizzo in loss to Cubs

CHICAGO -- It's been home runs or nothing lately for Anthony Rizzo, who notched his 14th career multi-homer game with two solo shots, doing so against lefty Matt Moore, to power the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Giants on Wednesday night.

The Giants tried to rally in the ninth against Wade Davis, who has been virtually untouchable. Mac Williamson battled Davis in a 12-pitch at-bat and then launched a two-run home run, the first off the right-hander since Sept. 24, 2015, to end a 64 1/3 homerless inning streak. Davis struck out Joe Panik to end the game and now is 10-for-10 in save opportunities.

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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.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Williamson homers, but laments defense

Williamson homers, but laments defense

CHICAGO -- Perhaps someday, Mac Williamson will savor the two-run homer he launched in Wednesday night's ninth inning, which briefly buoyed the Giants' hopes in their 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

In the immediate aftermath, however, any satisfaction Williamson might have felt after victimizing peerless Cubs reliever Wade Davis was tempered by a self-perceived defensive lapse earlier in the game.

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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.

Prospect Shaw to play left field at Triple-A

Prospect Shaw to play left field at Triple-A

CHICAGO -- The Giants engineered a Minor League move Wednesday that has major implications, promoting slugging prospect Chris Shaw to Triple-A Sacramento from Double-A Richmond.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Shaw, rated the team's No. 5 prospect, will play mostly left field, though the 23-year-old was drafted as a first baseman and spent his first two years in San Francisco's system (2015-16) at that spot. This obviously reflects the front office's intent to upgrade the outfield's offensive production, which has been substandard by any measure this year.

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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.

Span hits SF's 19th straight solo HR, loves mom

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Span hits SF's 19th straight solo HR, loves mom

The Giants have hit A LOT of solo home runs in a row over the last couple of weeks. 18, to be exact, entering their game against the Cubs on Wednesday night. And wouldn't you know it, in the top of the third inning at Wrigley Field, Denard Span joined the solo tater-mashing party with one of his own. That's 19 straight. That deserves a shoutout to mom.

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Giants stymied by Lester as Cubs muscle up

Giants stymied by Lester as Cubs muscle up

CHICAGO -- When Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto last squared off, it was Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and the Cubs won on Javier Baez's eighth-inning home run. On Tuesday, the Cubs didn't wait that long to connect against the Giants right-hander.

Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward homered in the first and second innings, respectively, and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run shot in the fourth to give Lester all he needed and power the Cubs to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the Giants.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Blisters hamper Cueto in loss to Cubs

Blisters hamper Cueto in loss to Cubs

CHICAGO -- Putting a finger on Johnny Cueto's pitching problems became much easier after he explained himself Tuesday night.

Cueto repeated he had no excuse for yielding the unseemly total of three home runs in the Giants' 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. But he did offer a reason: the blisters on the index and middle fingers of his throwing hand, which limit his ability to impart late movement on his deliveries.

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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 remains potent as defender

Posey remains potent as defender

CHICAGO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said catcher Buster Posey, the National League's reigning Gold Glove winner at his position, is just as good this season.

Bochy cited Posey's throwing during his pregame address Tuesday, one day after the four-time All-Star threw out Chicago's Javier Baez on an attempted steal of second base. Baez initially looked destined to pull in safely, having gotten a good jump. But Posey's flat, hard throw retired Baez without a fuss.

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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.

Panik provides pop in move to leadoff spot

Second baseman hits HR, two doubles filling in for Span

Panik provides pop in move to leadoff spot

CHICAGO -- After watching Joe Panik drill a home run and a pair of doubles in the Giants' 6-4 victory Monday night over the Cubs, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy knows exactly how to use his second baseman in Tuesday's rematch against the reigning World Series champions.

Don't change a thing.

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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.

Solo HR streak carries Giants at Wrigley

Solo HR streak carries Giants at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik, Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano continued the Giants' trend to pepper teams with solo home runs on Monday night. The trio each hit a leadoff homer in the first, fifth and eighth innings, respectively, to power the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs and get a little payback in the first meeting between the two teams since the National League Division Series.

Ty Blach got the win in his seventh start subbing for injured Madison Bumgarner, although the Cubs made it interesting with a four-run eighth. The lefty cruised through seven innings and had a 6-0 lead, then gave up a leadoff single to Jason Heyward in the eighth, and Javier Baez followed with his seventh home run. Pinch-hitter Ian Happ tripled to chase Blach, and Ben Zobrist greeted Derek Law with another two-run homer.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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.

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Phil Rogers

Giants making turn toward postseason run

With win Monday, San Francisco has won 8 of its last 10

Giants making turn toward postseason run

CHICAGO -- This has been as tough of a start to the season as Bruce Bochy can remember, both on the field and off the field, but that doesn't mean it won't be business as usual for the Giants in August and September.

Maybe even October.

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Baseball falls out of ivy after Ruggiano's homer

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Baseball falls out of ivy after Ruggiano's homer

As far as ballparks are concerned, few have as much character as Wrigley Field. It's one of the most historic baseball cathedrals still in operation, for sure. 

Part of its strong sense of individuality comes from the bricks and ivy that adorn the outfield wall. Ivy is thick, and can sometimes obscure whatever's nestled inside it. It's happened quite a few times, actually, the ivy just eating up a baseball as if it were ravenous and past its feeding time. 

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Pence may open gaming coffee shop

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Pence may open gaming coffee shop

Last week, Hunter Pence and his wife Alexis were on the #AskGaryVee YouTube show and podcast, where they answered a few questions about life in baseball and revealed a crucial fact about themselves: They are both huge nerds. Now, we say that affectionately.

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Adjustments have led to big May for Nunez

Adjustments have led to big May for Nunez

ST. LOUIS -- The Giants took two out of three games from the Cardinals at Busch Stadium this weekend, and left fielder Eduardo Nunez played a big role in all three games.

Nunez had a two-run double in the ninth inning of Friday's win and a game-saving outfield assist in the ninth inning of Saturday's 13-inning victory. On Sunday, he belted a solo home run in the eighth of the Giants' 8-3 loss to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

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Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Quinn makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Quinn 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.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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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.

Homers not enough, as Cain hit hard in loss

Homers not enough, as Cain hit hard in loss

ST. LOUIS -- Insistent that what he showed early this season was not an indication of a precipitous career decline, Adam Wainwright, in leading the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, delivered further evidence to rebuff such assumptions on Sunday. The Cardinals' win also helped them halt a four-game losing streak and avoid being swept at Busch Stadium by San Francisco for the first time since 1998.

Once two of the most dominant right-handers in the game, Wainwright and Matt Cain each sought to build off strong starts. Only Wainwright did. Cain, stung by Randal Grichuk's bases-clearing double in the second and a two-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the fifth, let things get away early.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Sunday.

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Reynolds notches five hits for San Jose

Giants' No. 3 prospect drives in four runs

Reynolds notches five hits for San Jose

Bryan Reynolds came up just short of a cycle, but he still put together quite a day at the plate as Class A Advanced San Jose topped Modesto, 12-8.

The Giants' No. 3 prospect collected a career-high five hits as he finished 5-for-6 with four RBIs and a run scored.

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Shark matches Cards ace with superb start

Shark matches Cards ace with superb start

ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Samardzija figured he was going to have to be good Saturday against Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals, but he ended up being even better than that.

Samardzija scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out eight and not walking anyone for the fourth consecutive outing. He matched Martinez, the Cardinals' ace, zero for zero in his eight-inning outing to keep the Giants in the game as the visitors eventually pulled out a 3-1 win in 13 innings at Busch Stadium.

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

Arroyo's hit gives Giants win in epic duel

Arroyo's hit gives Giants win in epic duel

ST. LOUIS -- In a game where the Giants had already outlasted Carlos Martinez, rookie third baseman Christian Arroyo capped a 12-pitch at-bat against Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist with a two-run double to help San Francisco steal a 3-1, 13-inning win at Busch Stadium on Saturday.

The Giants went 12 innings without advancing a runner into scoring position, the first team to do so since 1990. But when they finally did, they capitalized. A string of three successive one-out singles by San Francisco put Siegrist in a pickle, and he couldn't get out of it against Arroyo. The 21-year-old fouled off seven pitches before lining a changeup off the wall to plate the game's first two runs.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Saturday.

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