Giants take aim at Indians, fourth straight win


Giants take aim at Indians, fourth straight win

June 25, 2011
CLEVELAND (40-34) vs.GIANTS (42-34)1:10 p.m.
(AP) -- Continuing a recent surge may not get any easier for the San Francisco Giants. They'll next face a pitcher who hasn't won in nearly two months and a team that's going to have to get by without a key player for a while.The Giants will try to win their fourth straight game and extend Justin Masterson's misery as they continue their weekend set with the Cleveland Indians, who will be without the injured Shin-Soo Choo.
NEWS: Indians' Choo breaks thumb, headed to DL
Masterson (5-5, 3.18 ERA) continues to be plagued by a lack of run support. The right-hander is 0-5 in 10 starts since April 26, while getting a total of eight runs in support. He gave up two runs and scattered seven hits over five innings Sunday, and didn't get a decision in the Indians' 5-2, 11-inning win over Pittsburgh.Manager Manny Acta wasn't happy with the outing from his starter."Masterson struggled with his command of his fastball," Acta told the Indians' official website. "He couldn't pitch inside to lefties and racked up his pitch count."Set to make his first appearance against San Francisco, Masterson is 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA in four interleague road starts.Matt Cain (6-4, 3.44) looks to win his fourth straight start for the Giants. On Sunday, the right-hander gave up a run and three hits with no walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. However, Cain didn't get much backing and the Giants fell 2-1 to Oakland."Every at-bat he showed guys different stuff. He didn't give us anything easy," the Athletics' Landon Powell said of Cain, who retired 14 in a row at one point.Cain also received very little support in his only start against Cleveland, a 4-1 loss in 2008.San Francisco (42-34) may need him to go deep into this game. Four relievers combined for 4 1-3 hitless innings in Friday's 4-3 win after an erratic start from Jonathan Sanchez. He gave up three runs and two hits, but also walked a season-high six in 4 2-3 innings.Andres Torres - stuck in a 1 for 18 slump over his previous seven games - finished with three hits, including a homer, and scored the go-ahead run on Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly in the sixth."I just tried to calm my mind," Torres said. "Sometimes I have a lot of stuff going and I'm just trying to learn how to relax myself and things like that."Meanwhile, Choo is headed to the disabled list after suffering a broken left thumb when he was hit by a pitch from Sanchez in the fourth inning.It's merely the latest setback for Choo, a three-time .300 hitter who's batting just .244 with five homers and 28 RBIs this year. He also was arrested in early May on suspicion of drunken driving."He's going to be out for a while," Acta said. "He means so much for us offensively, defensively, running the bases. ... He's an important part of our lineup. It's a big blow."Austin Kearns, who shifted from left to right field in place of Choo, went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .198.The Indians (40-34) have dropped three of four against NL teams after winning their first six interleague matchups.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."


Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.


Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.


Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.