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Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels.

Posey doubled in the bottom of the first inning and then slugged a 373-foot shot off Angels reliever Vinnie Pestano in the bottom of the seventh. The star catcher fell into a rough slump in the middle of April, but he's been in a great groove for the past few weeks. The homer Saturday was his fourth of the season.
May 2 - 6:53 PM

Tim Hudson held the Angels to three earned runs over eight innings Saturday in a win over the Angels.

Hudson worked efficiently throughout the afternoon, needing only 96 pitches to get through eight frames. He walked two batters but only gave up two hits -- both of them solo home runs. The veteran right-hander will carry a 1-2 record, 3.51 ERA, and 1.12 WHIP into his next start at home against the Marlins.
May 2 - 6:50 PM

Jake Peavy (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

He's scheduled to repeat the process on Tuesday and if all goes well he could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to return to the Giants rotation in mid-May.
May 2 - 2:39 PM

Angel Pagan went 2-for-3 with a sac fly in the Giants' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

Pagan is still hitting a robust .352. Questions about his back plagued him this spring, but he's been one of the Giants' best players thus far, hitting .352 in 91 at-bats. Unfortunately, he hasn't done as much for fantasy owners. Even though he's been batting third, he has just eight runs scored and seven RBI in 23 games.
May 2 - 2:48 AM

Chris Heston pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Friday in beating the Angels.

Heston bounced back nicely after struggling in his Coors Field start last week. He'll take a 2.51 ERA into his start next week at home against the Padres. He should be a fine mixed-league play in that one.
May 2 - 2:46 AM

Hunter Pence (forearm) took batting practice without issue on Friday.

Pence had originally been slated to start facing live pitching on Saturday, but has been progressing faster than expected. He'll repeat the process on Saturday and Sunday before he's re-evaluated. If everything checks out, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment next week.
May 1 - 8:20 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) is scheduled to begin throwing off flat ground in 7-to-10 days.

If all goes well with that, he'll progress to mound work. He's still a long ways away from a potential return to the Giants rotation, which means Chris Heston is secure in his spot for the foreseeable future.
May 1 - 8:17 PM

Jake Peavy (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Peavy has been playing catch in recent days as he continues his slow recovery from back issues that have bothered him since the spring. He's on track to return to the Giants rotation in mid-May.
May 1 - 8:16 PM

Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy continues to sit Belt regularly against left-handed pitching, and with C.J. Wilson on the hill on Friday he'll utilize Buster Posey at first base with Andrew Susac doing the catching. This, despite the fact, that Belt sports a career .264/.326/.438 slash against southpaws.
May 1 - 6:20 PM

Ryan Vogelsong was punted around for six runs over three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

It was ugly. On the bright side, as it were, it could have been uglier. Vogelsong gave up three homers in the first inning and another in the third. Fortunately for him, only one runner was on base total as the four balls sailed over the wall. We can't imagine Vogelsong is long for the Giants' rotation and you should expect an upcoming announcement which banishes him to the bullpen. Vogelsong, you'll recall, was booted from the rotation after his first start of the season. Injuries to Matt Cain and Jake Peavy gave him another shot, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy can only tolerate rolling out a pitching machine for so long. Vogelsong is now 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA and 2.02 WHIP.
Apr 30 - 1:24 AM

Hunter Pence (forearm) could be a few days away from taking batting practice.

Pence "had his best day" of rehab Wednesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Batting practice is a big step for the outfielder in his return from a fractured forearm. He'll still need a rehab stint, but Pence could be back with the Giants by the middle of May if things continue to go well.
Apr 29 - 8:37 PM

Giants prospect Tyler Beede collected a season-high six strikeouts Tuesday in a win for High-A San Jose.

The 2014 first-round pick is off to a solid start, holding his opponents to two runs over his last two outings. Beede's early success can be attributed to a high ground ball rate. Nine of the 18 outs he recorded Tuesday came via ground balls and overall he has a 3.08 ground-out to fly-out rate. Strikeouts have been hard to come by for Beede, who has just 12 in 21 1/3 innings.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 29 - 4:48 PM

Buster Posey was the only offensive force the Giants needed to take a 2-1 victory from the Dodgers on Tuesday.

A low-scoring affair was to be expected as Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw squared off. Posey managed to do some damage against Kershaw, the 2014 NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, singling in a run in the first inning and hitting a solo home run in the fourth. Posey has been surprisingly mediocre offensively in the season's first month, carrying a .263/.337/.395 battling line with three home runs and 10 RBI.
Apr 29 - 1:20 AM

Santiago Casilla needed only 10 pitches to mow down the Dodgers for his sixth save of the season on Tuesday.

Casilla got Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke to ground out before striking out pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez to end the contest, preserving a one-run lead. Casilla is 6-for-7 in save opportunities with a 2.79 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio on the year.
Apr 29 - 1:18 AM

Madison Bumgarner dominated the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, yielding just one run over eight innings.

The Dodgers pushed across their only run in the fourth inning on a Howie Kendrick ground out. It was that kind of night as Bumgarner was dominant, giving up just five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The Giants and fantasy owners alike are glad to see a return to form as Bumgarner entered the start with a 4.63 ERA over his first four outings. Now with a 3.73 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 26/5 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings, the lefty looks ahead to a home match-up with the Padres.
Apr 29 - 1:12 AM


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