Player News - Giants

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Denard Span went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

Span hit both of his doubles against Rockies starter Chris Rusin. He led off the contest with a two-bagger, then followed that up with one of the RBI species just an inning later. For the season, the veteran outfielder is hitting .259/.354/.357 with one homer, 15 RBI, four steals and 14 runs scored across 110 at-bats. There just hasn't been much oomph in the bat through the first month-plus of the season. Even with his two doubles on Thursday, he still has only six for the 2015 campaign.
May 6 - 1:51 AM

Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting.
May 6 - 1:41 AM

Joe Panik (groin) plans to play on Friday.

He hasn't seen the field since April 29. Panik did some running on Thursday and is also scheduled to take batting practice. He'll be available to pinch-hit later tonight. Kelby Tomlinson has been filling in for Panik at second base.
May 5 - 8:50 PM

Hunter Pence is dealing with back tightness.

That would explain his absence from Thursday's starting lineup. He's hoping to return on Friday. Pence has gotten off to a strong start, hitting .279 with five homers and 23 RBI through 29 games.
May 5 - 8:43 PM

George Kontos (elbow) will face live hitters Friday before making a rehab appearance for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

Kontos could be activated from the disabled list if Sunday's outing goes well. He's been sidelined the past two weeks with a strained flexor tendon. The right-hander owns an impressive 1.59 ERA across eight appearances this year.
May 5 - 7:49 PM

Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Rockies.

It's a maintenance day for Pence, who has appeared in all 29 games this season. He'll be available off the bench. With Pence getting a breather, Gregor Blanco will start in right field and bat eighth.
May 5 - 6:39 PM

Jake Peavy was hammered for seven earned runs in six innings Wednesday as the Giants fell to the Reds.

Peavy struck out eight and only issued one walk, but the Cincinnati offense tagged him for eight hits and four of those hits were home runs. The veteran right-hander now has a 9.00 ERA through six starts this season.
May 4 - 3:21 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that he has increasing interest in free agent Tim Lincecum.

Lincecum is scheduled to throw a showcase for interested teams on Friday in Arizona, and over 20 major league clubs are expected to have a representative in attendance. Bochy and the Giants are viewing Lincecum as a potential long reliever. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner probably prefers to start.
May 4 - 12:11 PM

Joe Panik (groin) is doubtful to play until Saturday.

Panik is out of the Giants' starting lineup for the fifth straight game Wednesday against the Reds, though he was able to do some jogging and agility drills on Tuesday. If the second baseman doesn't make it back this weekend, the Giants will have to consider a disabled list stint (retroactive to April 30). Kelby Tomlinson is starting at second on Wednesday.
May 4 - 11:43 AM

Matt Duffy is on the bench Wednesday versus the Reds.

Conor Gillaspie will start at third base and bat sixth versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. Duffy holds a disappointing .241/.291/.352 batting line on the season.
May 4 - 10:32 AM

Buster Posey is getting the day off Wednesday.

Posey will continue to get regular days off as the Giants look to keep him fresh, especially when they're scheduled to play in the daytime following a night game. Trevor Brown is at catcher and batting seventh on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds.
May 4 - 10:29 AM

Joe Panik (groin) is out again Wednesday.

Kelby Tomlinson will start at second base and bat eighth against Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This will be the fifth straight absence for Panik, but he was able to do some treadmill jogging and agility drills on Tuesday afternoon. A return should be very close.
May 4 - 10:27 AM

Jeff Samardzija disposed of the Reds with ease Tuesday, recording nine strikeouts over eight frames of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory.

Shark served up a longball to Adam Duvall, but it was a solo shot and he allowed just three hits and one walk on the night. Samardzija has been a bit up and down so far this season as he often can, but he's ultimately produced with four wins, a 3.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 35/12 K/BB ratio across 40 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going this weekend at home versus the Rockies.
May 3 - 11:23 PM

Santiago Casilla converted his sixth save of the season with a scoreless appearance in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Casilla relieved Javier Lopez after Lopez led off the ninth by hitting Joey Votto with a pitch. The Giants closer promptly induced a double-play ball and then got a groundout to end it. Casilla has blown two saves but sports a 1.69 ERA and 0.75 WHIP over his first 11 appearances.
May 3 - 11:19 PM

Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's victory over the Reds.

All three of his hits were doubles. The Giants tallied 10 hits on the night and finally scratched across the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning. Posey has picked up seven hits over his last three games and has pushed his average from .264 to .315 over his last five contests.
May 3 - 11:08 PM


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