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Justin Maxwell hit a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

Maxwell's been swinging a happy bat as of late. On Tuesday, he tripled and homered, scoring three times. On Thursday, he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to slay the Dodgers. And on Friday, he launched a massive, 436-foot home run off of Eddie Butler in the second inning. Over 33 at-bats, Maxwell is now hitting .333/.436/.606.
Apr 25 - 3:15 AM

Brandon Belt hit an RBI double and finished a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

The run-scoring double off of Eddie Butler in the fifth inning was Belt's first of the season. Belt, who hit 12 home runs last season, is still searching for a home run in 2015. After a horrible start to April, he's begun to find his groove. His current five-game hitting streak has moved his average from .077 to a slightly more respectable .238. We like Belt as a player, but he'll need to keep this hot streak going before he can be deployed with confidence in mixed leagues.
Apr 25 - 3:05 AM

Chris Heston was knocked around over 5 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing six runs on 11 hits to the Rockies.

Heston fell to 2-2 with the tough outing. The Rockies put up two runs in the second inning, another run in the third, then finished Heston off with a three run sixth. Coming into the game, Heston--who is filling in for the injured Matt Cain--had an ERA of just 0.87. The poor outing bumped it to 2.77. He's is still usable in NL-only leagues, though owners should watch him closely to see if the bloom has begun to wear off the rose. The 27-year-old right-hander is set to face the Dodgers in his next start.
Apr 25 - 2:44 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected from Friday's game against the Rockies for arguing balls and strikes.

Bochy came to the defense of Brandon Crawford who was punched out on a highly suspect strike-three call. Home plate umpire John Tumpane wasn't having any of it though and gave the skipper the quick gate.
Apr 24 - 11:27 PM

Matt Cain (forearm) is expected to begin playing catch next week.

Cain is still a minimum of several weeks away from a potential return to the Giants rotation, and makes for a difficult hold in leagues where he can't be stashed in a DL spot. Chris Heston will continue to occupy his spot in the Giants rotation for the foreseeable future.
Apr 24 - 7:27 PM

Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
Apr 24 - 4:41 PM

Ryan Vogelsong did not factor into the decision on Thursday, allowing two runs in six innings as the Giants walked off 3-2 winners in 10 innings.

Vogelsong, returning to the rotation, allowed the two runs on two solo home runs: one to Alex Guerrero in the second inning and the other to Adrian Gonzalez in the third. Overall, he yielded three hits and one walk while striking out five. Manager Bruce Bochy announced after the game that Vogelsong will remain in the rotation, so he's in line to face the Dodgers again next week in Los Angeles.
Apr 23 - 7:40 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Thursday that Ryan Vogelsong will remain in the team's rotation for the time being.

Vogelsong filled in admirably when called upon against the Dodgers on Thursday and will continue to get the ball every fifth day while Matt Cain and Jake Peavy each remain on the shelf. He's worth a look as a spot play in deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 23 - 7:29 PM

Justin Maxwell sent the Giants home happy with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Dodgers on Thursday.

The Dodgers blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, then blew the tie game the next inning. Maxwell, starting in right field, finished 2-for-5 with the RBI single. In 35 plate appearances, the 31-year-old is hitting .300/.400/.500 with five RBI.
Apr 23 - 7:26 PM

Jake Peavy (back) played catch Thursday for the second consecutive day.

Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com says the Giants plan to "slow play it" with Peavy, who has been bothered by back issues since the spring. Meaning the right-hander probably won't be ready until sometime in mid-May. He had a 9.39 ERA in two starts before landing on the disabled list April 18.
Apr 23 - 2:56 PM

Joe Panik hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

Panik hit the sacrifice fly off of J.P. Howell with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. The Dodgers played five men in the infield, hoping for a Panik grounder that could get them out of the inning, but he hit the ball in the air and sent the Giants home with the win. The game was as good as a late April game can be, with Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw matching each other almost pitch-for-pitch, a dramatic pinch-hit home run by Alex Guerrero to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh and Panik's ultimate nail in the coffin to end the contest. Game-winner aside, Panik's been hitting well of late and has seen his slash-line rise to .281/.328/.368 thanks to a recent hot streak.
Apr 23 - 2:46 AM

Madison Bumgarner struck out six and allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

This was an improvement on Bumgarner's last two starts, in which he surrendered five runs to the Padres and four runs to the Diamondbacks. Against the rival Dodgers, he wasn't touched up for a run until a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Alex Guerrero with one out in the seventh knotted the score at 2-2. Neither Bumgarner, nor opposing ace Clayton Kershaw, factored into the decision, as the Giants would ultimately win on a walk-off sac fly by Joe Panik. Bumgarner's numbers have been decidedly mediocre thus far and it was nice to see him finally put up a stronger outing. There's nothing inspiring about his current 4.63 ERA or 1.37 WHIP, but those numbers should settle soon enough. Bumgarner will face the Dodgers again next time out.
Apr 23 - 2:16 AM

Travis Ishikawa (back) suffered a setback during his rehab assignment.

He's in San Francisco to receive treatment on the back, and no new timetable has been established for his return. It was expected to be a short stay on the disabled list for Ishikawa, but this obviously throws a wrench in those plans.
Apr 22 - 8:10 PM

Ryan Vogelsong will start for the Giants against the Dodgers on Thursday.

Vogelsong was removed from the Giants rotation after his first start of the season, but he'll get another shot against a division rival. The 37-year-old has a 10.45 ERA through 10 1/3 innings, including 5 2/3 innings of relief.
Apr 22 - 7:57 PM

Santiago Casilla recorded the final out of the Giants' 6-2 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday, picking up his fifth save.

Jean Machi started the inning with the Giants ahead by five runs, but the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs, forcing manager Bruce Bochy to bring in his closer. Casilla uncorked a wild pitch to allow the Giants to score a run and move everybody else up a base, but Justin Turner grounded out to second base to end the game. Casilla is a perfect 5-for-5 in save chances with a 3.00 ERA and a 5/2 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Apr 22 - 1:59 AM


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