It's been eight starts since the Giants won a game Tim Lincecum started. Something had to change. In his bullpen session Wednesday overseen by Bruce Bochy, Dave Righetti and Mark Gardner, something did.
Ryan Theriot has flashed surprising skills on the bases, and the ability to rip an inside pitch into left field or shoot one to the right side to move a runner. But his biggest contribution might be in the clubhouse.
Tim Lincecum continues to receive golf claps from his home crowd, despite looking like he's lost his ability to put the ball where he wants to.More: Baggs' Instant Replay Giants postgame video
While his teammates relax, Pablo Sandoval will return to AT&T Park Monday for a full conditioning session, which appears necessary after the third baseman made plenty of mistakes in Sunday's loss to Texas.
Once upon a time, the Giants would do cartwheels and hold sparklers when Tim Lincecum would take the mound in the rubber game of a series. Now theyre crossing their fingers.
Ryan Vogelsong has such maniacal focus on every pitch he throws, he often shuts down into "game mode" a day before his start. While it affects the people he's around, you can't argue with results.
Pablo Sandoval returned from the disabled list on Saturday to an ovation that was loud, and by all indications, positive. He is appreciative.More: Instant Replay Sandoval loves having support from fans
After being shut out on Friday night the Giants' offense bounced back on Saturday and scored five runs for Ryan Vogelsong, who stifled the best offense in baseball en route to a 5-2 victory.
Left fielder Melky Cabrera is not in Saturday's lineup against the Texas Rangers and is likely to miss the entire weekend series because of a tender left hamstring, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been activated from the disabled list, hes batting third in Saturdays lineup and he is saying all the right things in the face of two controversies.
Buster Posey was the only Giants position player who started in the 2010 World Series against Texas, who also started Thursday at San Diego.Rewind: A look back at the 2010 Giants-Rangers World Series
When Petco Park opened, they said it was Bonds-proof. They didn't say anything about Gregor Blanco, who made it look like a bandbox in the Giants' series win over San Diego.
Matt Cain's recent history in Petco Park is sickening. His dominant performance Thursday -- and the run support he received -- are all the evidence Insider Andrew Baggarly needs to know things have changed.
Buster Posey, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco each hit home runs to support Matt Cain's gutty performance and the Giants overcame a season-high four errors to win the series in San Diego.
Freddy Sanchez, Dan Runzler, Eric Surkamp and Brad Penny are all in the Giants' system looking to get back to form. Insider Andrew Baggarly has the update on each.