• The Giants have been encouraged by the progress of reliever Santiago Casilla, who has begun throwing on flat ground. San Francisco's top right-handed setup man, who's recovering from a right knee injury, conceivably could resume pitching in two to three weeks, instead of after the All-Star break as initially estimated.
• Bochy explained that he wants to be careful with Tony Abreu's healed left knee, which is why the utility man will continue to share time with Nick Noonan at second base while Scutaro is sidelined. Bochy said that Abreu probably will start his second straight game Saturday, followed by Noonan on Sunday.
• Bochy said Angel Pagan's strained left hamstring is continuing to improve, though the center fielder and leadoff hitter remains unlikely to play during this weekend's series here.
• The Giants already have scored 10 runs six times this season. They reached double-digit run totals six times all last year and five times in 2011.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.