Posey's bat, Hudson's arm topple Braves

Posey's bat, Hudson's arm topple Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants' scoreless-innings streak at AT&T Park ended Friday night, but their run of overall success at home remained very much alive.

Tim Hudson pitched seven stingy innings to gain his first career victory over the Atlanta Braves and benefited from Buster Posey's three RBIs as the Giants prevailed, 4-2. The outcome lengthened the Giants' home winning streak to six games and their overall winning streak to five as they climbed atop the National League West standings, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

More

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Hudson rebounds for first win over Braves

Veteran allows one run in seven innings after rough start in Colorado

Hudson rebounds for first win over Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was Friday's guest of honor at AT&T Park. But the night ultimately belonged to Giants right-hander Tim Hudson.

Curry, sitting next to the Giants' dugout during their 4-2 victory over the Braves, drew thunderous cheers for his status as the NBA's Most Valuable Player and the Warriors' leader in the upcoming league finals.

More

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.

Back tightness slowing down Peavy's rehab

Giants right-hander's next start not yet scheduled

Back tightness slowing down Peavy's rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hints emerged Friday that Giants right-hander Jake Peavy, who's striving to overcome a lower back strain, may have to slow down his recovery from the injury that has limited him to a pair of early-season starts.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy observed that Peavy, who turns 34 on Sunday, was enduring some back tightness.

More

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.

Curry gets standing ovation at Giants game

|
Curry gets standing ovation at Giants game

Steph Curry is king of the Bay Area right now. The NBA's reigning MVP just led the Golden State Warriors to their first Finals appereance in 40 years, his silky jump shot and impossibly adorable daughter forever earning him a place in the hearts of Northern California. He's also got some downtime at the moment, with Game 1 against the Cavaliers still almost a week away, so Curry took the opportunity to mingle among his subjects while supporting those other champions by the bay -- the San Francisco Giants, who played host to the Braves on Friday. And, like any royalty, some ceremonial activities were required.

Continue Reading on Cut4

Resurgent Lincecum squares off with Braves rookie

Resurgent Lincecum squares off with Braves rookie

Though Tim Lincecum might never again prove as dominant as he was during the early part of his career, the two-time Cy Young Award winner has spent this season's first two months proving to be more consistently effective than he was during the past three seasons.

Lincecum will attempt to extend his recent success when the Braves and Giants resume their four-game series Saturday night at AT&T Park. He will be opposed by Williams Perez, a right-handed rookie who has produced encouraging results despite consistently encountering trouble during his first two career starts.

More

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belt's blast helps power Giants past Braves

Belt's blast helps power Giants past Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Heston recovered from a two-game slump by pitching 7 1/3 smooth innings and Brandon Belt homered to ignite a late scoring binge for the Giants, who continued their month-long surge with a 7-0 win over the Braves on Thursday night at AT&T Park.

Heston (5-3) allowed 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings spanning his previous pair of starts, but he permitted just four hits while allowing one Braves runner to move into scoring position. The rookie right-hander thus helped the Giants win their fifth consecutive home game, secure their 12th victory in 14 games overall and improve to 20-7 in May.

More

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. Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heston right at home in dialing win at AT&T

Heston right at home in dialing win at AT&T

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Heston couldn't help but get swept away by the irresistible tide of the Giants' pitching at AT&T Park.

After allowing 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings spanning his previous two starts, Heston excelled in the series opener against the Braves on Thursday night. He yielded four hits in 7 1/3 innings to help the Giants earn a 7-0 victory for their fourth consecutive home shutout.

More

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.

Giants' offense ignites during six-run eighth

Giants' offense ignites during six-run eighth

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt's seventh-inning home run seemed to trip the switch that electrified the Giants' offense in a 7-0 victory over the Braves on Thursday night.

San Francisco settled matters by adding six runs in the eighth inning that pushed their scoring total to a season high for a home game. Variety was the outburst's theme.

More

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.

Heisman hopeful catches Brandon Crawford's double

|
Heisman hopeful catches Brandon Crawford's double

The ball that Brandon Crawford thwacked in the eighth inning of Thursday's Braves-Giants game bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, scored a run that put San Francisco up 7-0 and ended up in hands of potential Heisman Trophy winner. Because in the stands at AT&T Park was Jared Goff, quarterback for the California Golden Bears.

Continue Reading on Cut4

Hudson all business for start against Braves

Hudson all business for start against Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Leaving the Atlanta Braves was difficult for Tim Hudson. Facing them on Friday will be much easier.

Hudson, who pitched for Atlanta from 2005-13, will confront his former team for the first time since joining the Giants as a free agent before the '14 season. He made an Interleague start against the Braves in '03 as a member of the A's.

More

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.

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.

More

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. 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.

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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. 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.

MLB.com Columnist

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.

More

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.

More

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.

MLB.com Columnist

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?

More

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.

More

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.

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.

More

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.

More

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

MLB.com Columnist

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.

More

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.

More

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.

More

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