Player News - Giants

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Jeff Samardzija scattered seven hits over seven innings in the Giants' 7-0 win over the Braves on Friday.

Samardzija struck out six and walked three in improving to 11-9 on the season. If he keeps it up, he'll finish with a winning record for the first time in his ifve years as a starter.
Aug 27 - 1:34 AM

Angel Pagan hit his ninth homer Friday against the Braves.

It's the second-highest homer total of his career; he hit 11 in 2010. On the heels of a horrid 2015, Pagan has been a fine regular for the Giants this year. He's batting .296/.350/.440 in 365 at-bats.
Aug 27 - 1:32 AM

Hunter Pence (hamstring) indicated feeling much better on Friday and hopes to return to the Giants lineup on Saturday.

Even if he sits out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure, he should have no problem returning on Sunday. Pence is hitting .273/.341/.422 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 74 games in what has been an injury-plagued season for the Giants' right fielder.
Aug 26 - 7:31 PM

Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

Pence was pulled from Thursday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's unclear if the injury will require a trip back to the disabled list, or if he'll be able to manage it on a day-to-day basis.
Aug 26 - 6:31 PM

Hunter Pence said that he is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

Pence was lifted for a defensive replacement in the middle innings of Thursday's win over the Dodgers. He will be reevaluated on Friday, but a disabled list stint would be in the cards if this is any kind of a lasting injury.
Aug 26 - 1:53 AM

Joe Panik went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

Panik connected for a two-run blast off Ross Stripling in the fourth inning. The dinger was his eighth of the season. In addition, the 25-year-old second baseman is slashing .248/.327/.389 and has driven in 46 runs over 355 at-bats.
Aug 26 - 1:44 AM

Matt Moore came within one out of a no-hitter in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

Moore struck out seven and walked three on the evening. Manager Bruce Bochy was noticeably agitated in the dugout as the 27-year-old southpaw's pitch count began to balloon in a 24-pitch eighth inning. Moore had thrown 120 total pitches by the end of that frame, but despite the high count, Bochy decided to trot him out for the ninth. He retired Kike Hernandez on a sinking liner to start the frame -- Denard Span made a spectacular sliding catch on that one -- then induced a ground out from Howie Kendrick. Corey Seager would break up the near no-no via a flare single to right with two outs in the frame. Ouch. He finished the game having thrown 133 pitches (88 strikes). Since coming over to the Giants at the trade deadline, Moore has pitched to a 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 29/20 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings (five starts). He will look to build off of Thursday's stellar outing in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 26 - 1:31 AM

Jake Peavy will start Saturday against the Braves.

Peavy is filling in for Matt Cain, who was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain. Cain could be back next week, so this might be the only start Peavy gets. He was dropped from the rotation after the Giants acquired left-hander Matt Moore at the trade deadline.
Aug 25 - 9:19 PM

Johnny Cueto took the loss in a 1-0 game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Cueto pitched six innings and gave up a homer to Justin Turner in the fourth as the only damage. Cueto fell to 1-3 since the All-Star break after finishing the first half 13-1. He hasn't been that bad, though; he has a 3.91 ERA and a 43/10 K/BB ratio in his eight starts since the break.
Aug 25 - 1:09 AM

Denard Span smacked a solo home run off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Span's solo home run to lead off the ninth merely served as cosmetic effect in this one, as the Dodgers held a 9-4 advantage entering the frame. The tater was Span's eighth of the season and pushed his RBI total to 43. In addition, the veteran outfielder is slashing .274/.337/.385 over 464 at-bats. There is no fantasy shine here.
Aug 24 - 2:39 AM

Madison Bumgarner fell to 12-8 in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, surrendering five runs on nine hits over five innings.

Bumgarner has now surrendered nine runs over his last 10 innings in what has been something of a miniature slump. On Tuesday, the Dodgers burned him for solitary runs in each of the first three innings before knocking him out after scoring two runs in the fifth. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned, here, as Bumgarner still holds a 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP for the season. He will look to rebound in a home start against the Braves next time out.
Aug 24 - 2:23 AM

Chris Heston (back) is beginning a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A San Jose.

Heston has been on the disabled list since late June because of a severe oblique strain. The right-hander holds a rough 10.80 ERA in four appearances this season at the major league level after posting a 3.95 ERA across 31 starts for the Giants in 2015. It's not clear what the plan is for him in September.
Aug 23 - 7:12 PM

Angel Pagan (groin) is back in the Giants' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Pagan tweaked his groin while making a catch in the outfield Saturday against the Mets, but he escaped a serious injury. He'll start in left field and bat second on Tuesday night against righty Kenta Maeda.
Aug 23 - 6:10 PM

Giants purchased the contract of OF Gorkys Hernandez from Triple-A Sacramento.

He'll serve as outfield depth for San Francisco while Gregor Blanco recovers from a right shoulder impingement. Hernandez, 28, was batting .302/.382/.421 with eight home runs and 20 stolen bases in 116 games this season at Triple-A, but he seems doubtful to hold significant fantasy value.
Aug 23 - 6:07 PM

Giants placed OF Gregor Blanco on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

Blanco could be facing an extended absence given the unpredictable nature of shoulder injuries. The 32-year-old utility outfielder has batted .225/.310/.313 in 101 games this season for San Francisco.
Aug 23 - 6:05 PM


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