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Suarez carries energy into finale vs. Reds

Left-hander Andrew Suarez will start in Sunday's series finale vs. the Reds, scheduled to begin at 10:10 a.m. PT at Great American Ball Park. He's coming off one of his most impressive outings of the season, against the Dodgers, *whom* he shut out over six innings of work, allowing two hits while walking three. He'll be opposed by Reds right-hander Luis Castillo, who's slated to make his first career appearance against the Giants.

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Panik could be facing his final season as a Giant

The latest from the National League… With Giants second baseman Joe Panik losing his grip on an everyday role, he may be in his last season with the club, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle observes. Panik will earn approximately $5MM in arbitration next year (his penultimate season of team control), estimates Schulman, who writes that the team could either trade or non-tender him over the winter. A Giant since they selected him 29th overall in 2011, Panik isn’t worried about...

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Sami Higgins

Giants don’t get no-hit, fall to Reds 7-1

Not getting no-hit or shut-out is good for morale. They’ll get ‘em tomorrow.

The Giants lost to the Reds, 7-1. But the important thing to remember is that they weren’t no-hit. I know that the seven hits listed in the box score may fool you into thinking that wasn’t an issue in this game, but I assure you that it was. Additionally, they weren’t shut out! I mean, overall, that’s about the best you could have hoped for today.

In a game that came after a closed door meeting...

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Giants fall as Bumgarner loses groove

Madison Bumgarner's vulnerability in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds was entirely atypical, as he allowed six runs, including two home runs, over six innings.

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Samardzija set for rehab assignment at Triple-A

Jeff Samardzija will begin a Minor League rehab stint on Wednesday with Triple-A Sacramento, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

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Bryan Murphy

Will the offseason roster crunch lead to some roster fun?

Hank Schulman’s morning twitter stream had a couple of nuggets:

Pablo Sandoval moved to 60-day DL to accommodate Strickland’s activation tonight. #sfgiants

— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 18, 2018

It’s significant because the #SFGiants have now used their two 60-day DL cards (Cueto, Sandoval) to add players to 40-man. Any additional players added, including September call ups who are not on the 40-man, would require someone else to be removed.

— Henry Schulman...

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Bryan Murphy

They should remake “The Fan”

It debuted 22 years ago Thursday. Why don’t we celebrate the release of the definitive San Francisco Giants movie?

In 1996, Tony Scott directed Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes in a baseball fan (De Niro) stalks baseball superstar film called The Fan. It was the end of De Niro’s run as an obsessive stalker character (Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, Cape Fear preceded this) and it was at the height of Wesley Snipes’ A-list mega-star career. It’s also the last major studio film to...

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Bryan Murphy

FanPost Spotlight Vol. III

When the Giants aren’t on TV, what are your fellow fans writing about them?

In the previous volume, IanRogue took us on a tour of major league stadiums. In this volume, here’s a look at four very on topic posts.

tgranger16 compares the Giants to other similarly aged and financially-strapped teams and makes such a convincing argument that this post may have ended any more posts on this very website about the Giants needing to rebuild or what they should do to start rebuilding. Read their...

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Bryan Murphy

Dusty Baker has his say

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal traveled to interview Dusty Baker on a range of topics, but we’re Giants narcissists, so what’d he say about them?

You’ll need a subscription to The Athletic to read Ken Rosenthal’s lengthy interview with Giants’ special adviser and former manager Dusty Baker, but if you don’t want to pay for another subscription service but badly want to read it, The Athletic does offer a 7-day free trial (or maybe go bug Brady). In the meantime, let’s talk a...

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Just how bad are the Giants on the road?

We’re just going to take a look at the offense because that’s painful enough. Remember the time the Giants scored 3 total runs in a three-game series at Coors Field? That was a month and a half ago. Remember the time the Giants scored 1 run in 11 innings at the Great American Ball Park, a park where the average score this season is Visiting Team 5.17, Reds 4.5? Yeah, that was yesterday. Last week, I looked at the Giants’ home run totals since 2008 and noted Despite hitting the fewest...

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Strickland activated from 60-day DL

The Giants will activate Hunter Strickland from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. Strickland, 29, fractured his right pinkie finger himself while punching a door with his pitching hand in frustration after blowing a save opportunity on June 18 against Miami.

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How’d the new guy do?

Rich Waltz was called up to fill in for Jon Miller and Dave Flemming this weekend. Here’s the game one review.

You may or may not have heard, but filling in for Jon Miller and Dave Flemming this weekend in Cincinnati and the first game in New York against the Mets is former Marlins play-by-play broadcaster Rich Waltz. If you missed his radio and TV call last night, here’s a quick review.

Rich Waltz began yesterday’s broadcast on KNBR like he’s been covering the team all season. He...

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A modest proposal for shaking things up

The roster is set, but how can the Giants have some fun with it to at least make things interesting down the stretch? Here’s Bruce Bochy after Cincinnati’s Phillip Ervin hit a walk-off home run to give the Reds a 2-1 win over the Giants last night (warning: Curt Young spews a stream of water): What’s a manager to do when his team refuses to score runs? The Giants have played 20 games this season in bandboxes (Chase Field, Coors Field, Wrigley Field, and the Great American Ball Park)...

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Sami Higgins

Saturday BP, 8/18/18

I remember auditioning for American Idol on the field of AT&T Park. I remember getting through to the executive producers, only to have a PA tell me not to worry about being rejected because they were only looking for guys in San Francisco, since it was the last stop on the audition tour.

That warped my view of reality competitions and having any interest in auditioning for them or watching them. But it doesn’t stop me from singing. Often badly, after so many years out of practice. But I...

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SF Giants Minor Lines 8/17/18: Logan Webb Ks 9

There’ve been some wacky plays around baseball this week. In the majors, we had the first triple play in over 100 years in which the batter wasn’t one of the outs. Then last night in Springfield we saw a Sac Fly to the Catcher! This game never lacks in creativity...

We got lots of extra innings and lots of Rockies affiliates. Let’s get to it!

HIGHLIGHTS: Logan Webb K’d 9 over 5.1 shutout innings; Heath Quinn had four hits and walk in perfect night; Manny Geraldo had three hits, two...

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Bumgarner gets call during strong stretch

The Giants will turn to Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 2.71 ERA) for Saturday's 4:10 p.m. PT game at Great American Ball Park. San Francisco owns a 6-7 record overall when Bumgarner starts but has gone 2-4 on the road in those matchups. Bumgarner has maintained his All-Star form lately, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA in his last six outings. He'll be opposed by Cincinnati right-hander Matt Harvey (5-7, 5.19).

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Giants drop tight decision to Reds in extras

The Giants played their kind of game -- close and low-scoring -- but it didn't end in their favor on Friday night at Great American Ball Park as Phillip Ervin homered off Ray Black to walk off in the 11th inning, handing San Francisco a 2-1 loss to the Reds.

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Giants fall to walk-off homer in the 11th, 2-1

Casey Kelly did just fine in an emergency start, but the offense failed to do anything of import.

Ray Black gets the loss for this one, and he threw a pretty bad curveball to Phillip Ervin to do it. That pitch deserved to get hit to the moon, but Black probably shouldn’t have been in that situation. He was asked to pitch another inning because he was the fifth relief pitcher and the long man in the bullpen started the game. The other long man in the bullpen, Ty Blach, threw 35 pitches on...

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Giants-Reds game a family affair for the Kellys

Casey Kelly's start on Friday wasn't just his first start of 2018. It was also a chance to face the Reds and his father, Pat, who is Cincinnati's bench coach.

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Strickland to be activated from 60-day DL

The Giants will activate Hunter Strickland from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. Strickland, 29, fractured his right pinkie finger himself while punching a door with his pitching hand in frustration after blowing a save opportunity on June 18 against Miami.

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