Early hole dug by Shark too much for Giants

Early hole dug by Shark too much for Giants

ATLANTA -- Mallex Smith's three-run triple blemished Jeff Samardzija's shortest start of the season and provided Mike Foltynewicz sufficient support as the Braves claimed a 5-3 win over the Giants on Monday afternoon.

Smith's second-inning triple accounted for three of the five runs -- four earned -- Samardzija surrendered while needing 93 pitches to complete five innings. Brandon Belt's second-inning homer accounted for the only run Foltynewicz allowed while limiting the Giants to three hits over six-plus innings.

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Duffy's wrist bruised by Foltynewicz pitch

Duffy's wrist bruised by Foltynewicz pitch

ATLANTA -- Giants third baseman Matt Duffy emerged with a bruise after he was hit just above his left wrist by a pitch from Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz in the sixth inning of the Braves' 5-3 victory Monday.

Duffy, who owns a .242 batting average and typically hits third in San Francisco's lineup, temporarily lost sensation in his left hand.

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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 shrug off Shark's hiccup, Belt's error

Giants shrug off Shark's hiccup, Belt's error

ATLANTA -- By losing Monday to the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, the Giants actually provided a reminder of their recent success.

They built their Major League-best 20-8 record in May with superb starting pitching. San Francisco's rotation fashioned a 1.53 ERA while the team won 15 of its previous 17 games. This time, Jeff Samardzija, who entered the game with a 1.41 ERA in five May starts, allowed all of Atlanta's runs while lasting five innings.

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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 pitching prospects dominate on Memorial Day

Giants pitching prospects dominate on Memorial Day

San Francisco Giants pitching prospects dominated at every Minor League level on Memorial Day as Phil Bickford, Clayton Blackburn, Sam Coonrod and Adalberto Mejia combined to allow two earned runs on 15 hits while piling up 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.

Mejia, the Giants' No. 10 prospect, came one out away from throwing his first career shutout in Double-A Richmond's 1-0 win over Erie, ultimately allowing four hits and one walk in 8 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old southpaw fanned a season-best 10 hitters and generated nine ground-ball outs, with 73 of his 104 pitches going for strikes. Though he's only 2-1 in nine starts for the Flying Squirrels, Mejia is tied for second in the Eastern League with a 0.94 WHIP and tied for fourth with a 1.87 ERA, while opposing hitters are batting a paltry .190 against him in 53 innings this season.

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Posey seeking fond farewell to Turner Field

Posey seeking fond farewell to Turner Field

Long before he began having tremendous success at Turner Field, Giants catcher Buster Posey was like most other young kids from Georgia who loved the Braves and dreamed of the opportunity to play in Atlanta.

Thus Posey will be somewhat nostalgic as he and his Giants teammates spend this week playing their final games at Turner Field, which will no longer serve as the Braves' home beyond this season. San Francisco's All-Star catcher also has other reasons to regret the fact that he will never again play in this stadium, where he has seemingly felt right at home.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romo's return from disabled list pushed back

Giants reliever expected back from elbow injury by end of week

Romo's return from disabled list pushed back

ATLANTA -- The conclusion of Giants right-hander Sergio Romo's injury rehabilitation pitching schedule was delayed slightly, though the reliever is expected to rejoin the team by the end of the week.

Originally slated to pitch Sunday and Monday with Triple-A Sacramento, Romo was expected to tune up his arm Monday with Sacramento and Tuesday with Class A Advanced San Jose. Romo, San Francisco's top setup reliever before he strained the flexor tendon in his throwing elbow, likely will rest a day before reporting to the Giants.

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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 double down to take series from Rockies

Giants double down to take series from Rockies

DENVER -- Hunter Pence hit a career-high three doubles and Buster Posey had three hits as the Giants' offense ignited early to claim an 8-3 victory and a series win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Rockies starter Chris Rusin was shelled for six runs over five innings, allowing 11 hits and walking three. Denard Span capped off the scoring against Rusin with a home run to lead off the fourth. San Francisco had 17 hits on the day, tying a season high.

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Refreshed Span goes yard, shows off arm

Refreshed Span goes yard, shows off arm

DENVER -- Denard Span didn't get to observe the entire Memorial Day weekend. For him, one day off sufficed as well as three.

After resting Saturday to enable his bruised right hip to heal, Span returned to center field with a vengeance in Sunday's series finale against the Colorado Rockies. He clobbered a long home run among his three hits and threw out a runner at third base to hasten the Giants' 15th victory in their last 17 games, an 8-3 decision.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Pence embodies under-the-radar Giants' spirit

Pence embodies under-the-radar Giants' spirit

DENVER -- Hunter Pence is what the Giants are all about.

He is arguably the most unrecognized impact player in baseball. There is not much conversation about Pence or the Giants until they show up at the ballpark.

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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.

Cueto overcomes back issue to beat Rockies

Cueto overcomes back issue to beat Rockies

DENVER -- Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto maintained his success against the Colorado Rockies despite enduring stiffness on the left side of his upper back.

Cueto (8-1) yielded two runs (one earned) and six hits in six innings to record his fifth consecutive winning decision in Sunday's 8-3 victory. He became the ninth Giant since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958 to win at least eight of his first 11 starts in a season. Cueto also trimmed his Coors Field ERA to 2.43, the lowest all-time among pitchers with at least six starts at the mile-high ballpark.

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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' offense picks up after Posey's pep talk

Giants' offense picks up after Posey's pep talk

DENVER -- Exercising his influence as the Giants' resident leader and star performer, catcher Buster Posey called a brief hitters' meeting before Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Posey said little about the meeting, but it was basically meant to adjust his teammates' attitude.

After Sunday's 8-3 victory, the Giants have surged to a 20-7 record in May, largely on the strength of their pitching. Posey decided a few encouraging words could help the hitters, whose struggles with runners in scoring position have been pronounced.

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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.

Cueto doesn't appreciate Parra calling time repeatedly

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Cueto doesn't appreciate Parra calling time repeatedly

Johnny Cueto is generally a pretty easygoing guy. When he's not sitting majestically atop a horse, he's befriending beluga whales or just generally managing the world's greatest Instagram account

But be warned: Cueto might be able to turn even something as ordinary as a Spring Training at-bat into performance art, but he takes his rhythm on the mound very, very seriously. Just ask Gerardo Parra, who made the mistake of calling time not once, but twice in a row while facing Cueto with the bases loaded during Sunday's Giants-Rockies game.

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Posey appreciates Duffy's upbeat attitude

Giants third baseman perplexed by road hitting slump

Posey appreciates Duffy's upbeat attitude

DENVER -- Giants catcher Buster Posey used terms often applied to himself in praising teammate Matt Duffy, who has calmly dealt with a mysterious, season-long road batting slump.

"If you had a kid, he's a guy you'd want your kid to watch because he doesn't pout," Posey said. "He plays the game hard. It's fun for me to watch. Those are the type of guys who you really, really, really are pulling hard for. I'm not saying you're not pulling for everybody. But it's hard not to pull for a guy who comes to the park every day with a good attitude."

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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's 2-HR day helps Giants rally past Rockies

Posey's 2-HR day helps Giants rally past Rockies

DENVER -- Buster Posey's second three-run homer of the game keyed a six-run eighth inning as the Giants won for the 14th time in their last 16 games, 10-5, over the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday afternoon.

Posey, who homered in the first inning off Rockies starter Eddie Butler, flipped the game to the Giants in the eighth with his seventh homer of the season -- off Carlos Estevez, after Joe Panik and Matt Duffy had singled. Jarrett Parker added an RBI single and Gregor Blanco singled in two runs as the Rockies needed three pitchers to complete the inning.

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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.

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Gearrin's first MLB hit a remarkable feat

Gearrin's first MLB hit a remarkable feat

DENVER -- If Cory Gearrin's thoughts somehow could have been amplified on Coors Field's public-address system as he batted Saturday, nobody would have guessed he was about to get a hit in his first Major League plate appearance.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, that's really fast,'" Gearrin said, sharing his reaction to the 92 mph fastball he saw on the first pitch from Colorado reliever Gonzalez German in the eighth inning of the Giants' 10-5 victory.

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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's 6-RBI game a good sign for Giants

Catcher clubs pair of three-run homers to fuel win over Rockies

Posey's 6-RBI game a good sign for Giants

DENVER -- Buster Posey smiled when he was asked whether he recalled the events of July 7, 2010: "You don't forget those," Posey said.

The Giants catcher created more memories for himself Saturday at Coors Field, where he hoisted a pair of three-run homers to match a career-best total of six RBIs as the Giants bested the Colorado Rockies, 10-5.

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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.

Cain goes on disabled list; Stratton called up

Cain goes on disabled list; Stratton called up

DENVER -- Hoping that Matt Cain's recent progress has not been derailed, the Giants placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring and recalled right-hander Chris Stratton from Triple-A Sacramento to replenish the pitching staff.

Cain, who strained his hamstring in the second inning of Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, underwent an MRI examination Saturday that confirmed the diagnosis.

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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 go quietly after losing Cain

Giants go quietly after losing Cain

DENVER -- Tyler Chatwood gave up one unearned run in seven innings as the Rockies handed the Giants their second loss in the last 15 games, 5-2, at Coors Field on Friday night.

Chatwood, who entered with a 6.65 home ERA in four starts, surrendered four hits and struck out three against no walks and became the first Rockies pitcher since Juan Nicasio on July 15, 2011, to throw seven innings with no earned runs and no walks in a start at Coors Field. Chatwood picked up on an aggressive offensive plan by the Giants' lineup and pitched accordingly.

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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.

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Pence, Belt OK, but get another day of rest

Pence, Belt OK, but get another day of rest

DENVER -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy sounded upbeat Friday about the health of right fielder Hunter Pence and first baseman Brandon Belt, though neither was in the lineup for the series opener against the Colorado Rockies.

Bochy pondered starting Pence for the first time since last Friday but wanted to see how his strained right hamstring responded to an active pregame regimen.

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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.

Duffy deals with ebbs and flows all the same

Duffy deals with ebbs and flows all the same

SAN FRANCISCO -- In academic terms, Giants third baseman Matt Duffy is undergoing his postgraduate education as a Major Leaguer. As he proved during his rookie season in 2015, he's a quick learner.

Duffy already has weathered two nagging batting slumps, but he remains an integral part of the Giants' offense. He has reclaimed the No. 3 spot in the batting order, which he occupied in nearly half of his starts last year. The right-handed batter continued his latest resurgence with a 10th-inning single that set up Brandon Crawford's walk-off double on Wednesday in San Francisco's 4-3 win over San Diego. It was the Giants' 13th victory in 14 games, a surge that Duffy has helped generate.

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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 win 5th straight on walk-off 1B in 10th

Giants win 5th straight on walk-off 1B in 10th

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants, baseball's hottest team with 13 wins in their past 14 games, maintained their dominance of the San Diego Padres as Brandon Crawford drilled a two-out, walk-off single to give the National League West leaders a 4-3 victory Wednesday and a sweep of the three-game series. The Giants have won all nine games between the two clubs this season, marking their first nine-game winning streak against the Padres in franchise history.

With the score tied at 3, Matt Duffy sparked the Giants' winning rally off reliever Brad Hand with a one-out single to center field. One out later, Hand flung a wild pitch on an 0-2 delivery to Crawford. The All-Star shortstop drove the next pitch to deep center, out of Jon Jay's reach. It was San Francisco's fifth walk-off victory of the season, a Major League high.

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Slater, Blackburn among top prospect performers Wednesday

Slater, Blackburn among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Righting the ship: Peavy, Kontos rebound

Giants right-handers play big role in win after recent struggles

Righting the ship: Peavy, Kontos rebound

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Padres on Wednesday included redemptive performances from a pair of right-handers needing a boost.

First came Jake Peavy, who limited San Diego to one run in 6 2/3 innings. Peavy's performance represented a welcome turnaround from his previous outing last Friday, when he allowed five runs to the Cubs in 1 2/3 innings.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Magic? Giants making wins appear

It's an even-numbered year, and you know what that means

Justice: Magic? Giants making wins appear

If this kind of thing was happening to a team other than the San Francisco Giants, we'd say it was magical. Actually, we'd say this is what a team does in a championship year. Things just fall a certain way.

When teams are in the middle of a 13-1 run like the one the Giants are on, players and managers have trouble explaining how or why. They just know to ride the wave as long as it lasts. They also know that these stretches build confidence and resilience for the tough times.

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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.

Giants feast in 8th to back Shark, net series

Giants feast in 8th to back Shark, net series

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a legitimate offensive eruption for the San Francisco Giants, they scored twice in Wednesday's sixth inning to snap a tie, then added five eighth-inning runs to pull away for an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The Giants, who hadn't scored more than five runs in any of their 16 previous games, inched ahead with the score deadlocked at 1-1. Joe Panik walked to lead off the sixth against Padres starter Andrew Cashner and raced home one out later on a double by Buster Posey, who scored on Brandon Crawford's two-out single.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Osich thrives with another great escape

Giants reliever gets key out in 8-2 win over Padres

Osich thrives with another great escape

SAN FRANCISCO -- True, the scoring rallies are essential, as was the case Tuesday night for the Giants as they sped away from the San Diego Padres in their 8-2 triumph.

But San Francisco's fourth consecutive victory and 12th in its last 13 games might not have developed without rookie left-hander Josh Osich's escape from a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

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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.

Duffy doubles as Padres' strange shift backfires

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Duffy doubles as Padres' strange shift backfires

Shifts are a hot topic in baseball. Generally, they seem to work on hitters who tend to pull or hit balls in a certain direction. Other times, they don't.

During the Giants' 8-2 win over the Padres on Tuesday, San Diego installed an outfield shift against Matt Duffy that left a gap in center field. So, where did Duffy hit Keith Hessler's offering? Straight-away center field:

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Pagan goes on DL; Giants call up Parker

Pagan goes on DL; Giants call up Parker

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left fielder Angel Pagan went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Tuesday and outfielder Jarrett Parker was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

Pagan, who underwent an MRI Tuesday that confirmed the injury, initially hurt himself on May 1. Pagan avoided the DL, but aggravated the injury as he sprinted to first base in the eighth inning of Monday night's 1-0 win over San Diego.

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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.