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Breakthrough -- Stow speaks

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Breakthrough -- Stow speaks

Giants fan Bryan Stow, hospitalized since an Opening Day attack at Dodgers Stadium, spoke for the first time since his injury, saying the names of his children and asking to see them.

The development left those closest to him "blown away," according to the latest post on the family's Web site, support4bryanstow.com.

Here are the specific details:
On Wednesday, we were also told that Bryan had his speaking valve on his trach and when the speech therapists asked his first and last name, he said them. The ST asked what his daughters name was and he said, Tabby. She asked what that was short for and he said, Tabitha. She then asked what his sons name was and he said, Tyler. Today, the Speech Therapist was working with him again and asked him what his birthday was. Bryan then said, 2121969. With the valve on, he told Erin he loved her, and, while Erin was videotaping it for Bonnie, he said, Hi, and Bonnie, when asked to say it. Also, Dave was holding up pictures of Tyler and Tabitha and Bryan said, I would like to see them.
Stow also was able to say his first and last names, his date of birth and identified family members when presented with their photos.
The Santa Cruz paramedic was attacked on March 31 and has been hospitalized since. Earlier this month his lawyers estimated that Stows medical costs would exceed 50 million.Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, are charged with mayhem, assault and battery in the attack on Stow.Prosecutors contend that Sanchez hit two of Stow's friends before chasing down Stow and punching him from behind in the side of his head.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Gary Hearnsberger has stated that Sanchez and Norwood pose a threat to public safety. Both have access to firearms, prosecutors allege. A search of Norwood's home turned up five firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle.

Norwood has a prior assault conviction and Sanchez has prior convictions for drunk driving and evading police.

Giants lineup: Buster Posey out, Hunter Pence back in for opener vs Brewers

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Giants lineup: Buster Posey out, Hunter Pence back in for opener vs Brewers

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Brewers-Giants coverage begins at 6pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

A day after taking a couple shots on defense and in the batter's box, Buster Posey is getting the night off as the Brewers come to town.

Milwaukee Brewers:
1. Eric Thames (L) 1B
2. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
5. Domingo Santana (R) RF
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C
7. Keon Broxton (R) CF
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Zach Davies (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
9. Chris Stratton (R) P

Report: Veteran opts out of minor league deal with Giants

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Report: Veteran opts out of minor league deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have taken flyers on plenty of veterans this season. A player they once hoped would help fill the outfield void won't finish the season with the organization. 

Melvin Upton Jr. opted out of his minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, Upton Jr. is hoping to find a late-season job with a contender. 

The 33-year-old signed a deal with the Giants in April and it looked a good bet that he would get a shot for a team that has spent most of the season looking for an everyday left fielder.

But Upton Jr. didn't play a game for the River Cats until July 1, and after that he needed an additional five weeks to rehab a sore shoulder. In 12 games in Triple-A, he hit .244 with one homer. 

The Giants have had 13 players get an at-bat in left field, with a combined .246 average and .657 OPS.