Bochy NL Manager of the Year candidate

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Bochy NL Manager of the Year candidate

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been named as one of three finalists for the NL Manager of the Year award. Bochy led the Giants to a 94-win season in 2012.
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The Nationals' Davey Johnson and the Reds' Dusty Baker are the other candidates for the honor.The winner will be announced on November 12.
For more information on the BBWAA awards, click here.

Hwang's first homer the difference as Giants sweep Rockies

Hwang's first homer the difference as Giants sweep Rockies

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It was a day to remember for Jae-gyun Hwang as his first career major league homer lifted the Giants to their first sweep of the season.

Hwang drove in the Giants' first run of the game with a groundout to the pitcher in the fourth. Nick Hundley connected on a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Giants a 3-2 lead.

Rookie Ty Blach was shaky early and allowed two runs in the first, but settled down after that. In 6.1 innings, he gave up seven hits, three runs (one earned) and three walks while striking out six.

What a blast: Jae-gyun Hwang crushes homer in Giants' debut

What a blast: Jae-gyun Hwang crushes homer in Giants' debut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before his MLB debut, Jae-gyun Hwang promised not to flip his bat in the big leagues. 

"I don't want to get hit by a pitch," he said, smiling. 

He didn't quite flip it, but Hwang had some fun when his first big league hit soared out to left field. The 29-year-old rookie crushed a solo shot in his third big league at-bat, giving the Giants a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Hwang got a 2-0 fastball from lefty Kyle Freeland and hit it 417 feet, with an exit velocity of 108 mph. He posed for a second before stylishly dropping his bat. Hwang pumped his fist when he reached the plate. He was greeted by a raucous dugout.

Hwang had driven in a run earlier in the game. He said the game was a big deal in South Korea, with television channels scrambling to broadcast the debut of a superstar who traveled overseas to live out his big league dream. It was 6:42 a.m. in Seoul when Hwang's blast landed.