Vogelsong shuts down Padres as win streak hits 5

Vogelsong shuts down Padres as win streak hits 5

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong worked seven shutout innings and received ample offensive support Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants lengthened their dual winning streaks to five overall and eight at home with a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Having allowed the four homers and six runs in three innings against the Dodgers in his start last Wednesday, Vogelsong (1-2) underwent a complete reversal. He surrendered three hits, all singles, to the National League's highest scoring team, which left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. That occurred after Matt Kemp's bid for a three-run homer died in the glove of left fielder Nori Aoki, who made a leaping catch a couple steps in front of the wall.

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Corey Brock and Chris Haft are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romo getting crafty in pursuit of punchouts

Romo getting crafty in pursuit of punchouts

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Sergio Romo isn't throwing any harder. But, entering his seventh full Major League season, he's throwing better in certain ways.

Romo entered Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres with 15 strikeouts in nine innings, exceeding the personal-best 13.1 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio he recorded in 2011. The 32-year-old attributed his prodigious punchout pace to a combination of physical and mental factors.

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Pagan scratched due to lacerated middle finger

Pagan scratched due to lacerated middle finger

SAN FRANCISCO -- Center fielder Angel Pagan was scratched from the Giants' lineup Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres with a lacerated left middle finger.

Pagan sustained the injury in Monday's series opener when he was accidentally spiked in a baserunning incident. After missing significant playing time due to various ailments in each of the previous two seasons, Pagan had started all but one of San Francisco's previous 26 games this year, his lone absence coming April 12 at San Diego

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MadBum prompts thoughts of no-no vs. Padres

MadBum prompts thoughts of no-no vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before allowing a hit to Justin Upton, one of the few blights in a dominant start as the Giants defeated the Padres, 2-0, at AT&T Park.

Bumgarner (3-1) allowed consecutive singles to Upton and Yangervis Solarte to begin the seventh inning but little else. He allowed one walk and had six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

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Lyle Spencer

MadBum exacts revenge on NL West rivals

Giants ace masterful in atoning for subpar April start at Petco Park

MadBum exacts revenge on NL West rivals

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three weeks earlier, in San Diego, the Padres had been downright rude to Madison Bumgarner. The Southern gentleman couldn't have cared much for it, even if he elected to keep his thoughts to himself.

Getting even, and maybe just a tad mad, Bumgarner did to the Padres on Monday night in a 2-0 Giants victory at AT&T Park what they had done to him at Petco Park in producing 10 hits and five runs across three innings on April 11. He humbled them -- and then dismissed the subject as quickly as he'd dispatched the rebuilt National League West rivals.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants trying to keep backup catchers sharp

With Susac as primary replacement for Posey, Sanchez could be sent down

Giants trying to keep backup catchers sharp

SAN FRANCISCO -- A pitching machine was set up at shortstop Monday afternoon at AT&T Park, shooting baseballs toward Giants backup catchers Andrew Susac and Hector Sanchez at home. For Sanchez, it's about the only time he's getting behind the plate these days.

Ever since the team called up Susac from Triple-A Sacramento on April 18 after Jake Peavy (back) was sent to the 15-day disabled list, Sanchez has been limited to pinch-hitting duties.

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Bumgarner's gem rescues Giants' defense

Ace allows two hits in 7 1/3 innings to mask team's four errors

Bumgarner's gem rescues Giants' defense

SAN FRANCISCO -- Perhaps lost in Madison Bumgarner's masterful performance during Monday's 2-0 Giants win over the Padres was the fact that San Francisco committed a season-high four errors.

But Bumgarner's brilliance wiped out any miscues on the field, as he held the Padres hitless for six innings before the Padres broke through with harmless back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh. In all, Bumgarner worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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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.

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

Lincecum, HRs lead Giants to sweep of Halos

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings and the Giants swept, capping a thrilling weekend series at AT&T Park with a 5-0 win over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.

Lincecum gave up just three hits and a walk, striking out four while moving his ERA to 2.40. The Giants (12-13) began the game with back-to-back homers by Nori Aoki and Joe Panik, on their way to a 10-hit effort, and have now won eight of their last 11.

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Aoki, Panik power Giants to quick advantage

Duo hit back-to-back leadoff homers as San Francisco sweeps Angels

Aoki, Panik power Giants to quick advantage

SAN FRANCISCO -- Going into Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, it was hard to imagine a more unlikely Giants duo to hit back-to-back home runs than leadoff hitter Nori Aoki and second baseman Joe Panik.

Aoki hadn't hit a home run since Aug. 5 at Arizona -- his lone homer last season. Panik hadn't homered since Game 5 of the National League Championship Series last year against St. Louis and had just one regular-season homer in 2014.

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Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

Pence launches homers in first on-field BP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence took pregame batting practice on the field Sunday for the first time since breaking his left arm in Spring Training.

Pence took three rounds of batting practice and hit three home runs, one into the left-field stands and two to the left-center seats.

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Giants hold off Angels to reward Hudson

Giants hold off Angels to reward Hudson

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nori Aoki and Casey McGehee had some timely hits, and Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey went deep, providing enough cushion for a highly effective Tim Hudson in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Hudson held the Angels to two hits -- solo homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- in eight-plus innings, leading his team to its seventh win in the last 10 games and dropping his ERA to 3.78.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

Panik in position to field grounder, but Featherston can't avoid ball

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Joyce's two-out line drive in a one-run game in Saturday's ninth inning was hit directly into the shift, so chances are Giants second baseman Joe Panik gobbles it up, fires to first and records the final out regardless.

But Joyce would've loved to see it play out.

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Lyle Spencer

Hudson treasures season's first win

Giants veteran falls short of complete game but gets victory in nail-biter

Hudson treasures season's first win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitchers get old, but the magic of a "W" next to their name in a box score never does.

Tim Hudson knows the feeling -- both feelings, actually -- better than any active starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. The man with the wicked sinker and classic command is 10 weeks shy of 40, and the great B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" does not apply to his reaction to win No. 215 of a superb career. That's seven more W's than any pitcher still plying the demanding trade has experienced, Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia each at 208.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGehee starting to find comfort level with SF

Giants third baseman tallies three hits, RBI against Angels

McGehee starting to find comfort level with SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was no secret that Casey McGehee's first month with the Giants was a difficult one. After hitting .169 in April and hitting into eight double plays, McGehee was an easy target for fan criticism. But he had the Giants faithful standing on their feet Saturday afternoon, as the veteran third baseman left his mark on the 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he thinks it was just a matter of time before McGehee figured out his problems after a knee injury sidelined him for four games in mid-April. But McGehee isn't using his balky knee as an excuse for his slow start.

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Peavy has encouraging bullpen session

Pence works in outfield; Ishikawa 'starting to come around'

Peavy has encouraging bullpen session

SAN FRANCISCO -- Injured Giants right-hander Jake Peavy threw off the mound Saturday for the first time since April 17. Peavy has been working through back problems since missing a scheduled start April 7, but said he didn't feel any discomfort during the bullpen session at AT&T Park.

"It's hard when you haven't been on the mound in a little bit," Peavy said. "You get on the mound and you want to be sharp, get things done. The biggest thing was to just see how my body felt. Felt quite a bit better. Still got a ways to go, but I think we're heading in the right direction. I'm excited about it."

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Fellow umps mock Miller with tape outline after foul

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Fellow umps mock Miller with tape outline after foul

Umpires aren't exactly known for their collective sense of humor. Dance skills, maybe. But jokes? Not so much. That might be changing, though, now that Bill Miller has become the butt of the latest "chalk outline" joke.

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Panik starts Giants' May on right foot

Panik starts Giants' May on right foot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Having posted a 9-13 April record, their worst for the season's first month since 1991 (8-12), the Giants needed to open May in rousing fashion.

They accomplished that with their third consecutive walk-off home triumph, a 3-2 Interleague decision over the Angels furnished by pinch-hitter Joe Panik's two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning.

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Giants edge Angels on Panik's walk-off single

Giants edge Angels on Panik's walk-off single

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's two-out, pinch-hit single with the bases loaded broke a ninth-inning deadlock Friday night and lifted the Giants to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels. It was San Francisco's third walk-off win of the season and the second delivered by Panik.

With the score tied, 2-2, Buster Posey led off the ninth against Angels reliever Joe Smith by beating out an infield single on a high-bouncing grounder up the middle. Justin Maxwell's sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Gregor Blanco to second base, and Smith threw a ball-four wild pitch that moved Blanco to third and put Andrew Susac on first. Smith recovered by striking out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt, then he intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to set up a forceout at any base. Panik rendered the strategy moot by lining a 1-1 pitch into center field.

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Bochy thinks Pence could return in late May

Giants outfielder takes first live BP since breaking left arm in Spring Training

Bochy thinks Pence could return in late May

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence's first live batting-practice session since he fractured his left arm Friday prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to estimate that the right fielder will rejoin the lineup "toward the back end" of May.

Bochy added that he would be shocked if Pence doesn't resume playing sometime this month. Pence, who took 25 swings off a tee, 25 more swings off soft-toss flips and 15 swings in live BP, will repeat the exercise this weekend before being evaluated on Monday. That evaluation, Bochy indicated, could determine Pence's next move.

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Lyle Spencer

Bochy, Scioscia writing legacies few can claim

Bochy, Scioscia writing legacies few can claim

SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball's two most enduringly successful managers are matching wits and shifts this weekend. The Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Angels' Mike Scioscia came into their Interleague series with a combined 37 managerial seasons, 2,969 wins, 14 postseason appearances and four World Series championships.

Stable, tough-minded, creative and intuitive, they were catchers as players before paying coaching dues and producing contender after contender as managers, Bochy in San Diego and San Francisco, Scioscia in Anaheim. There was baseball in California before they arrived as players and National League rivals -- Bochy a backup for the Padres, Scioscia starring for the Dodgers -- but you probably need to find a book to recall it in any detail.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: Mays hits 4 home runs in one game

Players reflect on Giants legend's power display accomplished on April 30, 1961

#TBT: Mays hits 4 home runs in one game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Mays had no business doing what he did on April 30, 1961. Then again, there were certain things that only Mays could do.

Nauseous due to a snack he ingested the night before, Mays reaffirmed his greatness on this date 54 years ago when he hit four home runs for the San Francisco Giants in their 14-4 victory over the Milwaukee Braves. He became the seventh player since 1900 to accomplish this feat. It was the most prolific day of a wondrous Hall of Fame career for Mays, who ranks fourth on the all-time home run list with 660.

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Giants fall after Dodgers power four homers

Giants fall after Dodgers power four homers

LOS ANGELES -- With a rearranged batting order, the Dodgers blasted four home runs in the first three innings Wednesday night and coasted to a 7-3 win in the rubber game of their three-game series against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins homered off Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) in support of Zack Greinke (4-0), who battled through six innings to continue his mastery over the Giants in particular and the National League West in general. Greinke is 6-0 lifetime against the Giants and 22-1 against division rivals since he joined the Dodgers. He is 20-6 and the club is 24-8 when he starts following Dodgers losses. Greinke also had an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

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Giants' comeback effort stalls vs. Dodgers

Ethier's catch looms large; SF can't take advantage of shaky Greinke

Giants' comeback effort stalls vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- At a glance, the Giants' performance Wednesday night was as lopsided as the final score. Following Brandon Crawford's two-run, fourth-inning homer, 18 of San Francisco's last 20 hitters were retired in its 7-3 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yet the Giants actually created chances to generate what would have been an unlikely comeback against the Dodgers, who captured two of the series' three games, and Zack Greinke, the Los Angeles starter who improved his lifetime record against the Giants to 6-0.

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Decker replaces Lefebvre on Giants' coaching staff

Assistant hitting coach shifts back to scouting role

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants shuffled their staff Wednesday, announcing that Joe Lefebvre will step aside as assistant hitting coach to resume working as a scout. Steve Decker, coordinator of instruction and Minor League hitting, will fill Lefebvre's role beginning Friday, general manager Bobby Evans said.

Lefebvre, 59, will regain the tasks he performed from 2008-11, when he scouted players in the Major and Minor Leagues as one of then-GM Brian Sabean's senior advisors.

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#ASGWorthy: Posey takes Kershaw deep in Giants win

#ASGWorthy: Posey takes Kershaw deep in Giants win

It isn't every day that a former Most Valuable Player Award winner gets to face off against a three-time Cy Young Award winner and reigning MVP. And when Giants catcher Buster Posey squared off against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night, the 28-year-old backstop provided two emphatic examples of why he's #ASGWorthy.

First, Posey drove in San Francisco's first run against Los Angeles with an RBI single in the first inning, and then he drove in the next one with a solo home run to left-center in the fourth.

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With Posey's help, Bumgarner outduels Kershaw

With Posey's help, Bumgarner outduels Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- In a rematch of last week's ace showdown, Buster Posey homered and drove in both runs as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner edged the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

After his double no-decision duel with Kershaw last week in San Francisco, Bumgarner (2-1) allowed one run on five hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. Going seven innings for the first time this year, Kershaw (1-2) allowed both runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Both have 3.73 ERAs. Santiago Casilla earned his sixth save. The loss snapped the Dodgers' home win streak at eight.

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Everything's all right: MadBum foils LA's plan

Giants ace triumphs despite Dodgers benching left-handed hitters

Everything's all right: MadBum foils LA's plan

LOS ANGELES -- A fellow named Sandy Koufax, who earned plenty of fame and fortune while pitching here, is alleged to have said, "You don't beat hitters. You beat lineups."

So far this year, every lineup Madison Bumgarner has faced was constructed with the sole intent of neutralizing his success. Tuesday, he made a mockery of this strategy.

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