Moore gets no backing in loss to Nats

Moore gets no backing in loss to Nats

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tanner Roark and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout, Ryan Zimmerman homered and scored twice, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants, 3-0, on Monday in a game that featured a benches-clearing brawl in the eighth inning.

Daniel Murphy added two hits and two RBIs and Anthony Rendon singled twice to pace the Nationals in the opener of this three-game series at AT&T Park.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Nationals on Monday.

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Giants, Nats scrap after Harper hit by pitch

Giants, Nats scrap after Harper hit by pitch

SAN FRANCISCO -- A benches-clearing brawl broke out between the Giants and Nationals in the eighth inning of Monday afternoon's 3-0 Washington victory after San Francisco, and it was almost certainly related to a postseason home run three years ago.

With two outs in the eighth, Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland hit Bryce Harper in his right hip with a 98 mph fastball. Harper immediately pointed toward and yelled at Strickland and charged toward the mound. Harper launched his helmet past the mound before the two started exchanging blows as both benches cleared. Both Harper and Strickland were ejected from the game, and Strickland had to be physically removed from the field by at least three of his Giants teammates -- George Kontos, Mac Williamson and Hunter Pence, who is on the disabled list.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Samardzija looks to contain Nats bats

Samardzija looks to contain Nats bats

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez takes another crack at ending his month-long winless drought, while Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija attempts to get his own season back on track in the middle game of this series Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Gonzalez (3-1, 2.90 ERA) last won April 27 when he beat Colorado. Since then, the 31-year-old pitcher is 0-1 with four no-decisions and has struggled to keep runners off base.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Nationals on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shaw looks to stay hot with Sacramento

Shaw looks to stay hot with Sacramento

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Chris Shaw (Giants' No. 5), Sacramento at Reno (10:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Nunez out of lineup with possible concussion

Nunez out of lineup with possible concussion

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eduardo Nunez was held out of the Giants lineup Monday and was being examined for a possible concussion after getting hit in the head while sliding into home plate a day earlier.

Nunez was injured while scoring on a passed ball in the first inning of Sunday's 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves but remained in the game to deliver an RBI single in the second inning despite having some blurry vision.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Nationals on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Relive the start of the Posey era in SF

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Relive the start of the Posey era in SF

From 2010 to 2016, the San Francisco Giants made the postseason four times, won the NL West twice, threw three no-hitters and one perfect game, took home three World Series championships and conjured a force of pure baseball magic the likes of which we may never see again.

Obviously, all that success wasn't the product of any one player -- it takes a whole team to win big, and there have been plenty of heroes along the way. (Let us always remember 2012 Marco Scutaro .) But San Francisco's recent winning does happen to line up pretty neatly with one particular roster transaction: On May 29, 2010, the Giants called Buster Posey back up to the big leagues, and he hasn't been back down since.

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Giants win after early outburst vs. Dickey

Giants win after early outburst vs. Dickey

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants jumped on Atlanta knuckleballer R.A. Dickey immediately, scoring in each of the first three innings and cruising to a 7-1 victory Sunday at AT&T Park.

Brandon Crawford paced San Francisco's offense by driving in three runs, scoring one with a first-inning groundout and sending home a pair with a second-inning single as San Francisco surged to a 7-0 lead. Dickey also issued a season-high five walks; three of those runners scored.

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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.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Sunday.

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Cueto back in fine form in beating Braves

Cueto back in fine form in beating Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy summarized Johnny Cueto's performance succinctly: "He was Johnny," Bochy said.

For the 31-year-old right-hander, being Johnny typically guarantees success. Cueto ended a personal three-decision losing streak Sunday while subduing the Atlanta Braves, 7-1.

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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.

Young Crawford met Krukow in 1992

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Young Crawford met Krukow in 1992

In many ways, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford's dreams have come true. Growing up in Northern California, Crawford was a big Giants fan. There's even a now-classic photo of young Brandon at Candlestick Park which adult Brandon recreated to great effect last year.

He also has a handful of World Series rings in his collection, earned with the club he grew up idolizing. That's pretty perfect, right? So is this: During the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast of Sunday's 7-1 win over the Braves, a photo unearthed by Brandon's father, Mike Crawford, was discussed on the air. The photo depicts then 5-year-old Brandon meeting Giants announcer/former pitcher Mike Krukow at Giants Fan Fest in 1992. 

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Bumgarner slated to start throwing Friday

Bumgarner slated to start throwing Friday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will resume throwing Friday, according to the latest update that manager Bruce Bochy issued Sunday.

Bumgarner, who bruised his ribs and sprained a joint in his left (throwing) shoulder in a dirt-bike accident near Denver on a scheduled off-day April 20, will begin regaining his form by simply playing catch. He must gradually rebuild his arm strength before he can start throwing off a mound.

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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 come alive to back stellar Blach

Giants come alive to back stellar Blach

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Blach doesn't blow away hitters with his stuff or observers with his statistics. All he does is remain steady, a trait that the San Francisco Giants appreciated Saturday night in their 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Blach took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning before he finally faltered. He ultimately yielded two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, marking the fifth time in seven starts that he has worked at least seven innings while surrendering three or fewer earned runs. He also struck out a season-high five.

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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.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Saturday.

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Hundley's adjustments produce 1st Giants HR

Hundley's adjustments produce 1st Giants HR

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nick Hundley's offensive prowess accented the Giants' desire to sign him as a free agent last offseason. That became easy to remember Saturday, when he drove in a season-high three runs and went 3-for-4 in San Francisco's 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

However, Hundley's hitting potential might have been easy to forget Friday night, when he struck out three times in four at-bats in the Giants' 2-0 loss.

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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.

Pence close to Minor League rehab stint

Pence close to Minor League rehab stint

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that right fielder Hunter Pence was on schedule to begin his Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment Wednesday or Thursday.

Pence looked ready to test his strained left hamstring sooner, given the high frequency with which he drove batting-practice pitches over AT&T Park's outfield walls.

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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 can't crack Braves' Garcia

Giants can't crack Braves' Garcia

SAN FRANCISCO -- Atlanta southpaw Jaime Garcia outdueled Giants right-hander Matt Cain in Friday's 2-0 win by the Braves, a crisp matchup that featured a couple of veteran starters.

Garcia tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five, to pick up his first victory since April 29. He also broke up a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a single to left field that led to two runs.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Friday.

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Cain lacks support in bounce-back start

Cain lacks support in bounce-back start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain did his part Friday night, but the veteran right-hander was left out in the cold by his offense. Despite throwing seven sharp innings to match a season high, Cain was saddled with the loss in Friday's 2-0 defeat against Atlanta to open a three-game set.

Cain and Braves veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia engaged in a pitchers' duel that was ultimately decided by a Garcia single in the seventh that led to two runs for the Braves.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants activate Hill, option reliever Okert

Giants activate Hill, option reliever Okert

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants activated veteran utility man Aaron Hill (right forearm strain) from the 10-day disabled list Friday and optioned left-handed reliever Steven Okert to Triple-A Sacramento.

Hill returns to the Giants following an eight-game rehab stint between Class A Advanced San Jose and Triple-A Sacramento. He went 4-for-17 (.235) in five contests with the River Cats -- including a 2-for-5 effort with a triple, a homer and three RBIs on Tuesday.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belt's double not enough as Giants drop finale

Belt's double not enough as Giants drop finale

CHICAGO -- The Cubs picked up the home run pace on Thursday as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each hit solo shots to post a 5-1 victory over the Giants and Jeff Samardzija for their seventh win in the past nine games.

Bryant launched his 11th homer with two outs in the first, and Heyward and Zobrist led off the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to hand the Giants their 12th loss in the past 14 games at Wrigley Field, which includes postseason play. Chicago now has 26 home runs in the past 14 games, second-most in the National League behind the D-backs (28).

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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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Giants scoring first, struggling to hold leads

Finale loss vs. Cubs spoils road trip's early momentum

Giants scoring first, struggling to hold leads

CHICAGO -- The Giants have had pretty good success at scoring first, as they did again in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs in the finale of a seven-game road trip through St. Louis and Chicago.

The problem has been converting those early leads into wins, something at which the Giants excelled in recent years. In 2015, the Giants posted a 61-28 record when they scored first. Last year, they finished 56-28 in the same category. This year, the mark is 13-12.

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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.

Bryant homers -- with or without fan's grab

Bochy, Giants considered challenge after disputed catch in Wrigley bleachers

Bryant homers -- with or without fan's grab

CHICAGO -- Ultimately, nobody disputed that Kris Bryant belted a first-inning home run Thursday afternoon to propel the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Giants.

Initially, however, the Giants would have appreciated a chance to discuss the matter. But technology stepped in -- or, as was the case, tuned out.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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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Moore can't contain Rizzo in loss to Cubs

Moore can't contain Rizzo in loss to Cubs

CHICAGO -- It's been home runs or nothing lately for Anthony Rizzo, who notched his 14th career multi-homer game with two solo shots, doing so against lefty Matt Moore, to power the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Giants on Wednesday night.

The Giants tried to rally in the ninth against Wade Davis, who has been virtually untouchable. Mac Williamson battled Davis in a 12-pitch at-bat and then launched a two-run home run, the first off the right-hander since Sept. 24, 2015, to end a 64 1/3 homerless inning streak. Davis struck out Joe Panik to end the game and now is 10-for-10 in save opportunities.

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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.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Williamson homers, but laments defense

Williamson homers, but laments defense

CHICAGO -- Perhaps someday, Mac Williamson will savor the two-run homer he launched in Wednesday night's ninth inning, which briefly buoyed the Giants' hopes in their 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

In the immediate aftermath, however, any satisfaction Williamson might have felt after victimizing peerless Cubs reliever Wade Davis was tempered by a self-perceived defensive lapse earlier in the game.

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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.

Prospect Shaw to play left field at Triple-A

Prospect Shaw to play left field at Triple-A

CHICAGO -- The Giants engineered a Minor League move Wednesday that has major implications, promoting slugging prospect Chris Shaw to Triple-A Sacramento from Double-A Richmond.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Shaw, rated the team's No. 5 prospect, will play mostly left field, though the 23-year-old was drafted as a first baseman and spent his first two years in San Francisco's system (2015-16) at that spot. This obviously reflects the front office's intent to upgrade the outfield's offensive production, which has been substandard by any measure this year.

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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.

Span hits SF's 19th straight solo HR, loves mom

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Span hits SF's 19th straight solo HR, loves mom

The Giants have hit A LOT of solo home runs in a row over the last couple of weeks. 18, to be exact, entering their game against the Cubs on Wednesday night. And wouldn't you know it, in the top of the third inning at Wrigley Field, Denard Span joined the solo tater-mashing party with one of his own. That's 19 straight. That deserves a shoutout to mom.

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Giants stymied by Lester as Cubs muscle up

Giants stymied by Lester as Cubs muscle up

CHICAGO -- When Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto last squared off, it was Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and the Cubs won on Javier Baez's eighth-inning home run. On Tuesday, the Cubs didn't wait that long to connect against the Giants right-hander.

Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward homered in the first and second innings, respectively, and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run shot in the fourth to give Lester all he needed and power the Cubs to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over 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.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Posey remains potent as defender

Posey remains potent as defender

CHICAGO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said catcher Buster Posey, the National League's reigning Gold Glove winner at his position, is just as good this season.

Bochy cited Posey's throwing during his pregame address Tuesday, one day after the four-time All-Star threw out Chicago's Javier Baez on an attempted steal of second base. Baez initially looked destined to pull in safely, having gotten a good jump. But Posey's flat, hard throw retired Baez without a fuss.

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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.

Panik provides pop in move to leadoff spot

Second baseman hits HR, two doubles filling in for Span

Panik provides pop in move to leadoff spot

CHICAGO -- After watching Joe Panik drill a home run and a pair of doubles in the Giants' 6-4 victory Monday night over the Cubs, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy knows exactly how to use his second baseman in Tuesday's rematch against the reigning World Series champions.

Don't change a thing.

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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.

Solo HR streak carries Giants at Wrigley

Solo HR streak carries Giants at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik, Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano continued the Giants' trend to pepper teams with solo home runs on Monday night. The trio each hit a leadoff homer in the first, fifth and eighth innings, respectively, to power the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs and get a little payback in the first meeting between the two teams since the National League Division Series.

Ty Blach got the win in his seventh start subbing for injured Madison Bumgarner, although the Cubs made it interesting with a four-run eighth. The lefty cruised through seven innings and had a 6-0 lead, then gave up a leadoff single to Jason Heyward in the eighth, and Javier Baez followed with his seventh home run. Pinch-hitter Ian Happ tripled to chase Blach, and Ben Zobrist greeted Derek Law with another two-run homer.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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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Giants making turn toward postseason run

With win Monday, San Francisco has won 8 of its last 10

Giants making turn toward postseason run

CHICAGO -- This has been as tough of a start to the season as Bruce Bochy can remember, both on the field and off the field, but that doesn't mean it won't be business as usual for the Giants in August and September.

Maybe even October.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.