Giants' Sanchez returns from DL to face Phillies

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Giants' Sanchez returns from DL to face Phillies

August 5, 2011

GIANTS (62-50) vs.
PHILADELPHIA (72-39)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay AreaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Philadelphia's Vance Worley was stellar in his first career start against San Francisco last week. The rookie right-hander hopes to be just as effective when he faces the Giants near his hometown this time.The Sacramento native looks to help the Phillies to a season-high eighth consecutive victory Friday night against the Giants at AT&T Park.After Cliff Lee tossed a seven-hitter in Philadelphia's 3-0 win over San Francisco on Thursday, Worley (7-1, 2.33 ERA) looks to continue his recent success while pitching less than two hours from where he was born and raised.Worley is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in eight starts - all Philadelphia wins - since losing to the Mets on May 29. However, the right-hander is coming off his worst performance in that span, giving up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 6-5, 10-inning win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.That came one start after he tossed his first complete game by holding San Francisco to three hits in a 7-2 win July 26."He has good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He throws quality strikes, pounds the strike zone."Lee had great stuff while striking out eight to put the NL-leading Phillies (72-39) in position to win eight straight for the first time since an 11-game run Sept. 12-24. Philadelphia has won just five times in 14 regular-season and playoff games at AT&T Park."We just want to win every series," Lee said. "Getting the first game means you're in better shape. We want to stay in a groove and keep winning."
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Hunter Pence had three hits Thursday, including the first of back-to-back homers with John Mayberry in the second inning. Pence is batting .360 with five RBIs in six games since the Phillies acquired him from Houston last Friday."He has come in and fit in nicely," teammate Ryan Howard said. "He gives us energy and intensity. He's been great for our team."While Philadelphia has won 13 of 16 to open an 8 12-game lead in the East, San Francisco (62-50) has averaged 2.3 runs while dropping six of seven and is clinging to a half-game edge over Arizona in the West.The Giants were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position Thursday and are batting .176 in those situations over the past 14 games.
REWIND: Giants shut out by Phillies in series opener
"(Thursday we) battled well and got some guys on base," Bochy said. "We just couldn't get a hit to drive in somebody."Carlos Beltran doubled in the opener and is batting .400 in the past five games after going 1 for 14 in his first three after being acquired from the Mets. He's 9 for 43 (.209) against the Phillies in 2011.Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81) looks to help the Giants bounce back Friday as he returns after missing six weeks with tendinitis in his left biceps. Sanchez last pitched in the majors June 24 and hasn't started anywhere since going six innings for Triple-A Fresno on July 27 as he allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks.The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in five regular-season starts against the Phillies but went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two NL championship series starts in 2010. Sanchez started the Giants' Game 6 clincher at Philadelphia and hit Chase Utley in the back, prompting the Phillies second baseman to flip his bat toward the mound and causing the benches to empty.Pence is 1 for 6 versus Sanchez.

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night.

The win snapped the Mets' four-game losing streak. They had lost seven of eight.

The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24.

Along with Cespedes and Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto all had three hits.

After being held to five runs over their last three games, the Mets broke out their hitting slump, combining for 20 hits.

All but one Mets starter (Jose Reyes) had at least one hit and all but two (Reyes and Cabrera) drove in at least one run.

Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was 1 for 2 with one RBI.

Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth off Lugo that spoiled his bid for a fifth straight quality start.

Cespedes' ninth homer of the season highlighted a six-run second inning in which the Mets sent 10 batters to the plate.

Cespedes had a double in the sixth that highlighted a three-run inning.

In 13 games since coming off the disabled list Cespedes is 17 for 43 with seven extra-base hits including three home runs.

He's 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season.

Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings. He's 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and inserted into the New York Mets' starting lineup at second base rather than shortstop and he said he wants to be traded. Cabrera had three hits Friday night.

The 31-year-old, a two-time All-Star and a veteran of 11 big league seasons, had not started at second since Sept. 28, 2014. The Mets started Jose Reyes at shortstop against San Francisco on Friday night and Wilmer Flores at third.

TRANSACTIONS:

Mets: Second-round draft selection Mark Vientos signed out of high school for a $1.5 million signing bonus. The infielder was the 59th overall selection in this year's draft. . The Mets also signed their third- and fifth-round picks, OF Quinn Brodey and 1B/OF Matt Winaker (both from Stanford). . Brodey signed for a $500,000 bonus and Winaker for $280,000.

Giants: LHP Bryan Morris was designated for assignment and Steven Okert was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (separated left shoulder) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at the team's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. . Utilityman Eduardo Nunez went on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. The Giants activated 3B Conor Gillaspie (back spasms).

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Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (6-3, 394 ERA) has allowed one earned run over 17 innings in his last two starts. He's 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42) is 1-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last nine starts. He's 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's skid-snapping win over White Sox

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's skid-snapping win over White Sox

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The A’s six-game road trip got off to a promising start Friday as they try to reverse their fortunes away from Oakland.

Jharel Cotton shined over five innings before leaving because of a blister on his right hand, and the bullpen took care of things from there to complete a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Considering the A’s came in just 9-25 on the road so far, this was the rare occurrence of them taking control early and staying in control while wearing the road grays. Now the A’s just hope the victory didn’t come with a steep price.

In addition to Cotton (5-7) leaving after a blister opened up on his right thumb, shortstop Chad Pinder left with a strained left hamstring. The severity of that injury wasn’t immediately known.

Here’s five things you need to know from the opener of this three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field:

-- Davis hits No. 19: Khris Davis gave Cotton some early cushion with a two-run homer off Mike Pelfrey (3-6) to center field in the first. It was Davis’ team-leading 19th long ball, but just his third in 22 games this month.

-- Another solid outing for rookie: Coming off a strong 6 1/3-inning outing against the New York Yankees, Cotton again looked in control Friday before having to leave. The right-hander held the Sox to three hits over his five innings, striking out three and walking one. It’s unknown whether the blister will affect his availability for his next start, but the A’s learned with Rich Hill last season how nagging a blister can be for a starter.

-- Ninth-inning nerves: The final score didn’t indicate how tense things got for Oakland in the ninth. Closer Santiago Casilla gave up two singles to start the inning. After Avisail Garcia flied out, Todd Frazier hit a pop up behind first. Yonder Alonso couldn’t haul it in and the ball dropped, but Alonso alertly threw to second to get a force out. Then Matt Davidson sent a deep fly ball to center that Jaycob Brugman hauled in at the warning track.

--- Joyce powers up: In the fifth, Matt Joyce lit into a 3-2 pitch from Pelfrey and homered to center field to put the A’s ahead 3-0. It was the ninth homer for Joyce, who continues to provide some of the spark the A’s are looking for in the leadoff spot.

-- A double ejection: : White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria both were ejected for arguing a fifth-inning play after Anderson hit a dribbler near home plate that surprised him by being called fair.