Ryan Theriot has filled a void on and off the field since his return from the disabled list, lending Bruce Bochy some consistency -- an everyday second baseman and two-hitter.
Things got complicated on Pablo Sandoval's DL stint, but Bruce Bochy and the Giants plan on activating their slugger sooner, rather than later.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy opted for Brett Pill at first base, hitting sixth. Gregor Blanco will lead off. More: Game preview MLB standings
Tim Lincecum's personal winless streak reached a career-high seven starts, but Wednesday's loss had the ace singing a decidedly different tune.More: MLB scoreboard Padres 6, Giants 5 Kruk & Kuip
Closer Santiago Casilla tested his bruised knee by throwing off a bullpen mound this afternoon, and although he was improved, he is available "only in an emergency," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Tim Lincecum is on a six-start winless streak, which already matches the longest of his career, but has a chance to snap it in San Diego against the Padres, who he has limited to a 1.84 ERA in 19 career starts.
Closer Santiago Casilla was unavailable for a third consecutive day because of a bone bruise in his knee, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the right-hander was improved. There was no discussion of placing him on the disabled list.
On the Giants' seven-game homestand, every starter pitched at least seven innings while giving up two runs or fewer. Simply remarkable.More: Instant Replay Vogelsong: 'Best stuff I've had all season'
Bruce Bochy met briefly with Pablo Sandoval on Saturday, and it clearly was not a pleasant exchange. Bochy acknowledged that he isnt sure that Sandoval is in condition to return to third base.
Bruce Bochy had a short message to send to Pablo Sandoval after the Giants' 2-1 win Saturday. He also divulged a few bits of news pertaining to Sunday's Game 3 with the Cubs.
Matt Cain is a throwback in every sense. So it was fitting that, while donning the New York Giants' 1912 jerseys, he delivered a victory.More: Giants 2, Cubs 1 MLB scoreboard Bruce Bochy post
Matt Cain was dominant and Aubrey Huff took a close 3-2 ball four with the bases loaded to spur a two-run rally in the sixth inning in the Giants' Game 2 win over the Cubs.
Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to begin his Single-A rehab stint today, while news is breaking that he is being investigated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department.
The Giants starting outfield of Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, and Gregor Blanco are having as much fun as it appears. They have good reason.More: Instant Replay Casilla injured Pagan: I love the atmosphere
Madison Bumgarner spoke with Santiago after he left the game in the ninth and did not get an indication that the injury was significant.