Moore looks to continue improving vs. Padres

Moore looks to continue improving vs. Padres

Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo, who starts Saturday vs. the Giants, is likely eager to put his last start behind him. Perdomo had his shortest start since the first of his Major League career, lasting 2 1/3 innings at Colorado. The start increased Perdomo's season ERA from 4.54 to 4.94.

In the five games before the outing, Perdomo had a 3.10 ERA.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants fall in 11th after stirring rally in 9th

Giants fall in 11th after stirring rally in 9th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Szczur wasn't in the San Diego Padres' starting lineup Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. But the game lasted long enough for Szczur to make an impact anyway, as the Padres captured a 12-9 decision.

Szczur's fourth hit, an 11th-inning single, broke a tie and launched the Padres on a three-run binge that finally stopped the plucky Giants. One of three Padres who finished a hit shy of the cycle, Szczur had two cracks at becoming the first substitute in history to accomplish the feat. He needed a home run, and with the Padres ahead by three in the eighth, he admitted to swinging for the fences.

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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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Gillaspie's homer revives Giants' chances

Gillaspie's homer revives Giants' chances

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conor Gillaspie picked a dramatic moment for his first home run of the season.

Gillaspie's towering shot to right field, which measured 384 feet by Statcast™, helped the Giants cap a three-run ninth-inning rally Friday. Though the Giants lost, 12-9, to the Padres in 11 innings, Gillaspie's blast infused life back into AT&T Park on an otherwise inconsistent night from the Giants.

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Focused on baseball, Nunez heating up

Focused on baseball, Nunez heating up

SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid swirling trade speculation, Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez has hit his stride, rattling off a stretch of crisp offensive production.

Thursday, he tallied two hits to bump his average to .300, up from .246 on May 12. Since returning from the disabled list (hamstring strain) on July 14, Nunez is 8-for-26 with two doubles. He'd love nothing more than to finish the season above .300.

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Leadoff man Span providing spark for Giants

Leadoff man Span providing spark for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- On an otherwise quiet night from the San Francisco Giants' offense, Denard Span continued to produce in an effective manner atop the lineup.

Thursday's two-hit performance, as the Giants lost, 5-2, to the San Diego Padres, was part of a larger trend for the 33-year-old center fielder. Over his last 19 games, Span is batting .325 with 13 runs, 10 extra-base hits and nine RBIs.

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Homers sink Bumgarner vs. Padres

Homers sink Bumgarner vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Helped by ample offensive support, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin defeated San Francisco for the third time this season as the Padres ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 5-2 triumph over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Chacin (9-7) improved to 8-6 lifetime against the Giants, including 4-1 at AT&T Park, which prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to pay him the ultimate compliment.

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

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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Duane Kuiper gives ball to fan in Kuiper jersey

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Duane Kuiper gives ball to fan in Kuiper jersey

Although the Giants lost, 5-2, to the Padres on Thursday night, one fan at AT&T Park -- sporting a Duane Kuiper jersey -- had a chance at some foul ball-catching glory. Instead, he bobbled the souvenir and it fell down into another section. He was, of course, devastated.

Kuiper, the TV broadcaster for the Giants, noticed the crestfallen man sporting his jersey. He wanted to cheer him up, so the former Giant actually walked down to the fan's section and gave him an autographed souvenir. Really.

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Pence leads Giants' 'Game of Thrones' fandom

Pence leads Giants' 'Game of Thrones' fandom

SAN FRANCISCO -- Like it has across the Majors this season, the "Game of Thrones" wave has officially hit AT&T Park.

For Thursday's series opener against the Padres, the Giants held a Game of Thrones night, offering in-game themed entertainment and a special-event ticket package. Fans with those tickets received a Game of Thrones-themed Hunter Pence bobblehead, and VIP package holders also got a canvas print of the right fielder atop the Iron Throne. Season 7 of the popular HBO show debuted this week.

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Giants players have no issues with Sandoval

Giants players have no issues with Sandoval

SAN FRANCISCO -- A handful of Giants sounded poised to welcome Pablo Sandoval back to the organization, assuming the third baseman's anticipated agreement with the club becomes official.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported Wednesday that Sandoval, 30, would sign a Minor League contract Friday with the Giants, who employed him during his first seven big league seasons. With Sandoval, whom Boston released last Friday, still passing through Major League waivers Thursday, the Giants were not at liberty to discuss him freely.

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Cain has seamless transition back to rotation

Cain has seamless transition back to rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy had an inkling that things would work themselves out, that perhaps Matt Cain would make a start in the Giants' rotation sooner rather than later.

On Saturday, Johnny Cueto landed on the 10-day disabled list with blister pains. And on Wednesday, Cain took his spot in the rotation, allowing three runs and five hits over six innings to give San Francisco a shot at a win. The Giants picked up the veteran, who was on the hook for his eighth consecutive loss, by putting together a three-run rally in the eighth for a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

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Posey comes off bench, caps SF rally vs. Tribe

Posey comes off bench, caps SF rally vs. Tribe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey parachuted into Wednesday's eighth inning with one objective. After an error by Indians first baseman Carlos Santana thwarted a potential double play, the Giants called on their All-Star with two outs to erase a one-run deficit.

Posey did just that, roping a pinch-hit two-run double off the bottom of the left-field wall, giving the Giants a 5-4 win over the Tribe. It was San Francisco's first Interleague series victory of the season, and the second time in as many games that Posey capitalized on a Cleveland error.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Perry's unbelievable moon-landing homer

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Perry's unbelievable moon-landing homer

Gaylord Perry is a baseball legend. Over a 22-year career spent mostly with the Giants, he established himself as one of the best right-handed pitchers of all-time -- a Hall of Famer and 300-game winner with a 3.11 lifetime ERA, 3,534 strikeouts and two NL Cy Young Awards to his name. It's because of all that success that we feel comfortable saying the following: Perry was a really, really bad hitter.

The righty played almost all of his career before the advent of the DH, so he got a fair amount of work with the bat -- 787 plate appearances in all. His slash line over that span: .131/.153/.164, good for an OPS+ of -10 (yes, negative 10, meaning his OPS was 110 percent below league-average).

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After a long foul, Span homered into Cove

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After a long foul, Span homered into Cove

You've probably often heard a broadcaster say that a batter just needs to "straighten it out" after they've hit a deep drive foul. Rarely does it actually happen. But on Thursday, as the Giants took on the Indians, Denard Span seemed to follow that advice. 

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Bochy sits on Iron Throne for news conference

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Bochy sits on Iron Throne for news conference

The Giants came back to win their game on Wednesday afternoon against the Indians, 5-4, and manager Bruce Bochy had a surprise for the reporters during the subsequent press conference. Instead of his normal seat, Bochy had the Iron Throne itself.

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Beede spins a gem for Sacramento

Beede spins a gem for Sacramento

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crawford Giants' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Crawford Giants' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitchers' duel ends with Giants' walk-off win

Pitchers' duel ends with Giants' walk-off win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eduardo Nunez shot a pitch into right field, delivering a walk-off win against Indians closer Cody Allen on Tuesday night. San Francisco's 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Tribe culminated in a mob of celebrating Giants players on the infield.

The win was the fourth in walk-off fashion this season for the Giants, who started their decisive rally with a leadoff double by Conor Gillaspie on his 30th birthday. Allen then watched a bunt from Denard Span roll by for an unlikely infield single, setting up the game-winning blow from Nunez, who recorded his first RBI since rejoining the team from a stint on the disabled list.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Revived Dyson comes up clutch for Giants

Interim closer pitches two shutout innings in walk-off victory

Revived Dyson comes up clutch for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sam Dyson arrived in San Francisco with an ERA this season that left a lot to be desired. It was 10.80 after 17 outings with the Rangers. He was traded June 6.

Since then, though, Dyson has regrouped, posting plenty of efforts that have Giants manager Bruce Bochy be proud of his progress. Tuesday was just the latest iteration in Dyson's evolution. He entered in the ninth, pitched two innings of scoreless ball, picked up his first win of the season and helped the Giants walk off with a 2-1 win in 10 innings.

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Pair of Giants errors costly vs. Indians

Pair of Giants errors costly vs. Indians

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Indians' trying trip to the West Coast finally took a fortunate turn. On Monday night, Cleveland capitalized on a pair of ill-timed errors by the Giants, pulling off a 5-3 victory in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Francisco Lindor led the Tribe with three hits and two RBIs, helping the Indians swiftly turn the page on being swept over the weekend across the Bay in Oakland.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Giants' record sellout streak comes to an end

Team tallied NL-best 530 regular-season games with full house

Giants' record sellout streak comes to an end

SAN FRANCISCO -- For roughly 6 1/2 years, the Giants drew sellouts game after game -- 530, to be exact -- to AT&T Park.

But Monday, that streak ended. The Giants drew 39,538 for their 5-3 loss to Cleveland, giving the organization its first under-capacity crowd since Sept. 30, 2010.

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Taylor spins a gem for Richmond

Taylor spins a gem for Richmond

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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Giants eye long homestand to make a move

Giants eye long homestand to make a move

SAN DIEGO -- Common sense dictates that the Giants won't roar back into postseason contention during the next three weeks, though their schedule during this stretch would represent a major opportunity to excel in most years.

Having endured Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Padres, the Giants can look forward to enjoying home-field advantage -- and lots of it.

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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.

Homers bite Shark in series finale vs. Padres

Homers bite Shark in series finale vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Two loud swings from Hector Sanchez and Cory Spangenberg gave the Padres an early six-run lead on Sunday afternoon. Veteran right-hander Trevor Cahill made it stand up, as the Padres cruised to a 7-1 series-clinching victory over the Giants at Petco Park.

Sanchez, who hit a walk-off homer from the right side on Saturday night, put forth quite the encore in the bottom of the first. Batting lefty this time, he crushed a 1-0 Jeff Samardzija offering for a three-run shot. Sanchez has filled in quite nicely for starting catcher Austin Hedges, who was shaken up after taking a foul ball off the mask on Friday night.

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

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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Teams taking notice of Strickland's surge

Teams taking notice of Strickland's surge

SAN DIEGO -- Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland has attracted the attention of the Rays, who are seeking relief help as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

A Rays scout was at Petco Park to witness effective appearances by Strickland in the first two games of this series. On Friday, Strickland faced three batters, allowing a hit while striking out two. On Saturday, he worked a scoreless eighth inning against the Padres.

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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 fall to walk-off in Bumgarner's return

Giants fall to walk-off in Bumgarner's return

SAN DIEGO -- For the most part, Madison Bumgarner was sharp over seven frames in his first start back from the disabled list Saturday night. But it was his former batterymate who stole the show and spoiled Bumgarner's return.

Hector Sanchez, a late entry into the Padres' lineup after starting catcher Austin Hedges was scratched, launched a walk-off two-run blast off the third deck of the Western Metal Building, sending the Padres to a 5-3 victory.

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

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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Bumgarner solid in first start off disabled list

Bumgarner solid in first start off disabled list

SAN DIEGO -- A digital clock at Petco Park read 5:05 p.m. when Madison Bumgarner emerged from the visitors' dugout to prepare for Saturday night's start against the San Diego Padres. Early-arriving Giants fans cheered for Bumgarner, but the man himself remained intent on his task.

The next few hours unfolded the same way. Bumgarner remained impassive, intense and completely focused. If he felt any extra emotion about pitching his first game in approximately 11 weeks, he didn't show it. Nor would he admit to it.

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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 swaps places with Bumgarner on DL

Cueto swaps places with Bumgarner on DL

SAN DIEGO -- Any satisfaction the Giants derived from welcoming Madison Bumgarner back to their starting rotation was muted Saturday as they placed co-ace Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list with blisters, as his malady was officially termed.

Ideally, Cueto will miss just one or two starts. But the right-hander emphasized he won't leave the DL until the burning sensation he feels in the middle three fingers of his throwing hand has subsided.

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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 homers as Giants sneak past Padres

Posey homers as Giants sneak past Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants took the first step toward putting their rocky first half behind them Friday night. Buster Posey's seventh-inning moonshot proved to be the difference, as San Francisco held on for a tense 5-4 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The game wasn't without some late drama, however. After entering the ninth with a two-run lead, Giants closer Sam Dyson allowed three hits before plunking Cory Spangenberg to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. He ran the count full on Jabari Blash, who flied to right field, ending the game.

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

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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Gorkys' 4-hit game shows his value to Giants

Gorkys' 4-hit game shows his value to Giants

SAN DIEGO -- Many observers might have regarded Gorkys Hernandez as the proverbial 25th man on the Giants' active roster when the season started.

Now, as the season's theoretical second half began Friday, Hernandez has become almost indispensable. He went a career-best 4-for-4 in the Giants' 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

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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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Barry M. Bloom

Bochy remains driven as ever for Giants

Skipper maintains motivation after health scare

Bochy remains driven as ever for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The first half of the Giants' season is thankfully behind them, and manager Bruce Bochy is healthy and bullish about his club's play the rest of the way.

Bochy will have left-hander Madison Bumgarner back on the mound against the Padres at Petco Park on Saturday, the ace recovered from the dirt-bike accident and injury to his left shoulder.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.