Tim Beckham went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Yankees.
Beckham hit a two-run blast to the deepest part of the park in the seventh inning, his fifth homer of the year. The 26-year-old actually has a modest six-game hitting streak going, batting .545 (12-for-22) with two homers, six RBI and seven runs scored in that span. It's a glimpse of what the former top overall pick can do, but he'll have to do a lot more of it to stay in the lineup on a regular basis. Beckham is hitting .238/.295/.459 overall.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Denard Span (quad) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Nationals.
He's day-to-day with a bruised quad. Span made a pinch-hitting appearance on Saturday but had to be lifted for a pinch-runner. Look for Gregor Blanco to draw another start in center field on Sunday.
Nathan Eovaldi allowed three runs over six innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Eovaldi yielded just three hits on the afternoon while walking two, but a pair of homers -- a solo shot by Brad Miller and a two-run job by Curt Casali -- did him in. That's been a theme this year for Eovaldi, who has allowed 21 homers in 22 appearances, including 19 starts. The loss dropped the 26-year-old to 9-7 with a 4.78 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the year. He'll look to get back in the win column in a crosstown matchup with the Mets on Thursday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Crawford (hand) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Nationals.
Crawford didn't start Saturday's game because of a bruised hand but he did enter the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. Eduardo Nunez started in his place and would probably do so again if Crawford sits out the series finale.
Drew Smyly held the Yankees to two runs over six innings, striking out six, in a win Saturday.
Smyly gave up four hits, including a Brett Gardner two-run homer, and walked one in the outing. The win was somehow just his third of the season, leaving his record at 3-11 through 20 starts. The southpaw, assuming he's not among those who will be changing teams in the coming days, will try to make it a winning streak Thursday against the Royals.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Blake Swihart "isn't out of the woods yet" in his recovery from a sprained left ankle.
"Blake is still in that almost ground-based testing and ramping up of intensity with the cuts and change of direction," Farrell elaborated. "That’s been step by step—two steps forward, one step back type of approach." In other words, Swihart isn't close to beginning a rehab assignment. The Red Sox were hoping to have Swihart back sometime in August but now that could be up in the air. Swihart was Boston's Opening Day catcher but he's since been moved to left field.
David Freese was ejected from Saturday's game against the Brewers for arguing balls and strikes.
Freese took exception to a called strike two during his at-bat in the fifth inning and was eventually given the hook from home plate umpire Marty Foster after continuing the argument between innings. John Jaso took over for Freese at first base. Freese went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting.
Joe Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Fresno.
Doug Fister's wife is expected to go into labor any day now, putting him in jeopardy of missing his scheduled start Monday against Toronto. If he's placed on the paternity list, Musgrove would likely start in his place. The 23-year-old has gone 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts since getting promoted to Fresno. He's already on the 40-man roster though he's yet to make his major league debut.