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Pence close to Minor League rehab stint

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.

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Matt Cain gets Cained

Once more, for old times’ sake Matt Cain had a fantastic game tonight, going seven innings, giving up just two runs, and only one earned, and generally keeping a very poor offensive Giants team in the game even when the offense was doing nothing to support him. Or, to put it another way: MATT CAIN IS BACK, BABY It’s a classic Caining, and it was kinda like sleeping under your baby blanket. Even though it was for the most part an incredibly unsatisfying experience, something about it...

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SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/26/17

The losing continues, and today, it’s the bullpens that were the undoing. The unlikely home run leader in Sacramento continued his reign. Meanwhile, some bullpen problems reigned. Sacramento was defeated by Memphis (Cardinals), 13-3 Well, for three pitchers who had been talked about as possible near-future San Francisco Giants, it was a bad day. Let’s start with 2012 1st-round pick Chris Stratton. Stratton gave up season highs in hits and earned runs. His ERA jumped from 5.59...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/26/17

The losing continues, and today, it’s the bullpens that were the undoing.

The unlikely home run leader in Sacramento continued his reign. Meanwhile, some bullpen problems reigned.

Sacramento was defeated by Memphis (Cardinals), 13-3

Well, for three pitchers who had been talked about as possible near-future San Francisco Giants, it was a bad day.

Let’s start with 2012 1st-round pick Chris Stratton. Stratton gave up season highs in hits and earned runs. His ERA jumped from 5.59 to...

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Cain lacks support in stellar bounce-back start

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.

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Giants lack support for Cain's great start

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

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Blach rolling heading into start vs. Braves

Giants left-hander Ty Blach goes for his third consecutive win while the Atlanta Braves counter with right-hander Mike Foltynewicz in the middle game of this series Saturday night at AT&T Park.

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Matt Cain gets Cained

Once more, for old times’ sake

Matt Cain had a fantastic game tonight, going seven innings, giving up just two runs, and only one earned, and generally keeping a very poor offensive Giants team in the game even when the offense was doing nothing to support him. Or, to put it another way:

MATT CAIN IS BACK, BABY

It’s a classic Caining, and it was kinda like sleeping under your baby blanket. Even though it was for the most part an incredibly unsatisfying experience, something about it was...

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Giants activate Hill, option reliever Okert

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

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Dodgers transfer Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir to the 60-day disabled list

Friday was a busy day for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club claimed infielder Mike Freeman and pitcher Chris Heston from the Seattle Mariners. To make room, Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir were moved to the 60-day disabled list. Kazmir started the season on the disabled list and has yet to pitch at all in 2017. Still, since the date can be retroactive to the beginning of the season, the Dodgers can activate him shortly after he becomes healthy.Toles being moved to the 60-day DL is not...

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Grant Brisbee

Yes, Christian Arroyo should get some more time in the minors

This is not a referendum on what his career will be like. Just on his readiness for 2017.

Christian Arroyo is hitting .191, with a .242 on-base percentage and .304 slugging percentage in 124 plate appearances. This is not a drill. He is hitting worse than Ehire Adrianza ever did. Worse than Joaquin Arias in 2014.

Worse than Orlando Cabrera in 2011.

Yeah, we’re not messing around. As such, there have been a few articles (from Henry Schulman, Alex Pavlovic, and Andrew Baggarly, to start)...

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Grant Brisbee

What in the heck has gotten into Jeff Samardzija?

Jeff Samardzija walked one batter in May and struck out 44. That’s outstanding.

Jeff Samardzija has always had one of the more unusual career paths in baseball. He could have been a first-rounder in football, and NFL teams were still calling his agent until 2013. He chose baseball, though, even though his college stats were completely unremarkable (4.33 ERA his junior year, with a 5.62 K/9). He was moved aggressively by the Cubs for no discernable reason, debuting in the majors the same...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/25/17

A surprise in Lancaster, and a much-needed win for Sacramento

Apologies for an abbreviated affair today.

Sacramento defeated Memphis (Cardinals), 5-3

A big day at the plate from Jae-Gyun Hwang led to a nice win by the struggling River Cats…and a new left fielder helped as well.

Hwang connected for his 13th double and 3rd triple of the season, knocking in two runs and scoring one more. Hwang has triples in each of his last two games. Hwang has pushed his batting average back up to .291...

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Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here. Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading when we're tired of the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debates and instead anticipate a great Stanley Cup Final and NBA Finals now that they're set. Happy birthday to Ben Zobrist, Brent Musberger, Greg Lloyd, Travis Lee and Mehmet Okur.On this day in 1990, the Philadelphia Phillies retired Hall of Fame third baseman Mike...

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Why are you a Giants fan?

My parents took pictures of me with Hank Greenwald. What’s your story? Welcome to the refreshed McCovey Chronicles! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card (rules here*). We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the...

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Giants scoring first, struggling to hold leads

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.

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Grant Brisbee

Giants drop game, series to Cubs

Jeff Samardzija was pretty okay, but this lineup needs more than pretty okay to win.

The Giants lost the game. They lost the series. They looked bad doing it. And I want to unpack this tweet just a little bit because it explains nearly everything:

Bochy said that Giants would have requested replay of Bryant's HR but phone wasn't working

— Chris Haft/SF Giants (@sfgiantsbeat) May 25, 2017

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Kris Bryant hit a home run because he’s a much better hitter than anyone on the Giants....

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Cain first up as Giants return home vs. Braves

Coming off a road series against the reigning World Series champion Cubs, the Giants return to AT&T Park looking to continue their recent home success against the Braves, as Matt Cain and Jaime Garcia will square off in Friday's opener.

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Belt's double not enough as Giants drop finale

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.

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Grant Brisbee

Why are you a Giants fan?

My parents took pictures of me with Hank Greenwald. What’s your story?

Welcome to the refreshed McCovey Chronicles! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card (rules here*). We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the...

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