Bochy: Posey's time behind plate about to pick up

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Bochy: Posey's time behind plate about to pick up

SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy has taken greatcare to pace Buster Posey through this season. But now the homestretch isnearing, and its time to flash the spurs.

Not only is Posey starting behind the plate for Wednesdaysmatinee following a Tuesday night game, but hes catching Tim Lincecum abruising assignment that Bochy has tried to inflict more often on HectorSanchez in recent weeks.

The Giants have a day off Thursday, so thats part of theconsideration. Another: Brandon Belt is on an absolute tear, so putting Poseyat first base isnt such an easy call.

My guess is he wont be there as much, Bochy said of Poseythe first baseman.

Speaking generally, Bochy said Posey would be receivingfewer days off behind the plate the rest of the way

Hell be out there as much as possible without wearing himdown here these next two or three weeks, Bochy said. We have to be smartabout this. We want him out there as much as we can. When you get down to thispoint in the schedule, hopefully youve taken care of your players, especiallyyour starting catcher. But you have to watch them, too. If they need a break,youve got to give them a break.

A break in the schedule is finally arriving. The Giants onWednesday are playing their 20th game in 20 days; they havent had aday off since July 26.

Thursday marks the first of five days off on the schedulethe rest of the way. Thatll help Bochy keep Posey reasonably fresh despiteincreased playing time.

It also helps that the Giants are done with hot-weathercities. They only cross the Mississippi one more time, when they play atWrigley Field over Labor Day weekend and its been cool of late in Chicago.Theyll have the benefit of air conditioning in places like Houston andArizona. And its always cool at Petco Park and at night in Chavez Ravine, thetwo venues where the Giants travel next.

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In other pregame news, Bochy said Santiago Casillas blisterissue appears to have subsided and the club is hoping its behind thehard-throwing right hander. Asked pointedly whether Casilla could regain thecloser role, Bochy didnt rule it out. But he said the plan was to stay with acommittee of Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez to get the final sixouts, all subject to late-inning matchups.

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Theres a framed picture on the wall in Bochys officeshowing Guillermo Mota dumping a bucket of ice on the skippers head. Bochysaid he looks forward to seeing Mota again soon.

The recent draftees and teenagers in the Arizona RookieLeague were glad to have Mota around when he threw 1 13 innings in a rehabassignment Tuesday.

He bought them all steak dinners, Bochy said.

Mota, who is serving a 100-gam suspension for testingpositive for a banned substance, is eligible to return Aug. 28.

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A couple weeks ago, I heard (off the record) that the Giantswould visit new Yankee Stadium for the first time as part of the 2013 schedule.In fact, the tentative schedule calls for them to spend an entire week in NewYork in September playing the Yankees and Mets back-to-back.

Now the word is out, and the Red Soxare on the schedule to visit AT&T Park, too.

The schedule is subject to change and hasnt been approvedyet. Usually teams release it in mid-September or so. Its never too early tolook for Manhattan hotel deals (or lack thereof).

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers capped a huge inning for the San Diego Padres with the best shot he could muster.

Myers hit a three-run homer during San Diego's eight-run sixth and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers' shot landed in the back of the left field bleachers, traveling 433 feet according to Statcast.

"That's all I got, that's my best bullet right there," Myers said. "I watched it, and I saw where it went. When you hit one like that, you'd like to see where it ends up. That's legitimately everything I got, so I'm happy to be able to say I got everything of it."

Myers singled off Chris Stratton (0-1) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

San Diego entered the game tied for seventh in the majors with 31 homers. Myers is tied for the team-lead with six homers along with Austin Hedges and Ryan Schimpf, and Hunter Renfroe is close by with five.

"We've got five or six guys in the middle of the order that can hit the ball out of the ballpark at any given time," Padres manager Andy Green said.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Stratton was charged with five runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning and Ramirez allowed six runs, three hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings. Their collapse followed a solid effort from Cain, who has been dogged by injuries and hasn't pitched a full season since winning 16 games in 2012. He struck out seven and allowed a run and six hits without a walk to drop his ERA to 2.30.

Cain left with a 3-1 lead after Brandon Belt's two-run single highlighted San Francisco's three-run fifth.

"It's been a while," Cain said when asked the last time he felt this well. "I might have been saying that but also I was trying to find it as well. The results weren't showing it. I'd have glimpses of it here and there. I just wanted to keep being able to put stretches together, and that's what I still want to do."

The Padres have won 11 of 15 games against the Giants dating to last season.

San Francisco (9-16) fell behind San Diego (10-16) for the NL's worst record. The Giants are 39-58 since going into last year's All-Star break 24 games over .500 with the best record in the majors.

RISING STAR

Cordoba's home run underscores the power potential the Padres see in the Rule 5 draft pick. The 21-year-old came to the majors out of rookie ball.

"He's an extremely talented player, he's got the size, he's got the build, he's got the athleticism," Myers said. "It's going to be exciting to see what he can do in the future."

CLARK TRIBUTE

San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark attended Saturday's game and got a standing ovation during a tribute that included a video clip of his leaping catch in the back of the end zone in the last minute of the 1982 NFC championship game known simply as "The Catch." Clark, whose No. 87 has been retired by the 49ers, announced last month he has Lou Gehrig's disease, which attacks cells that control muscles.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart threw his second bullpen Saturday since going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He'll likely go on a rehab assignment in the minors before the Padres reactivate him, manager Andy Green said.

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury retroactive to April 26 after an MRI on Friday revealed a mild strain, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

UP NEXT

Padres LHP Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.45 ERA) is coming off his worst start, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings against Arizona on Tuesday. Giants LHP Ty Blach (0-1, 4.22) will make his second start since taking injured LHP Madison Bumgarner's turn in the rotation. Blach gave up two runs and four hits in five innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

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With the Giants shuffling players around, Eduardo Nunez finds himself manning right field Saturday evening against the Padres.

San Diego Padres:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Erick Aybar (S) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) RF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P