EXTRA BAGGS: Bochy not ready to demote Sandoval yet

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EXTRA BAGGS: Bochy not ready to demote Sandoval yet

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DENVER Weve seen two versions of Bruce Bochy, Giantsmanager.

There is the slow-moving version who stays with veterans,gives players time to work out of slumps and generally makes fewer rashdecisions than Warren Buffett.

Then there is the ultra-reactionary version who manages thelineup and bullpen like a day trader with an espresso habit.

Usually, you see slow Bochy morph into Jim Cramer-styleBochy somewhere around late September. We saw it in 2010 when he yanked PabloSandoval as the starting third baseman, no longer able to trust his defensebecause of conditioning issues or deal with a lack of production at the plate. (That move, you'll recall, opened a starting role for none other than World Series MVP Edgar Renteria.)

Its hard to say whether Bochy could get to that stage withSandoval again this season. But for now, he was asked a specific question would he consider moving the Panda out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup? and heanswered as if he were the Oracle from Omaha.

Weve been going OK like this, Bochy said. I dont knowif its time to start changing things right now. Were in a good position. Youwant to keep some continuity.

The Giants are five games up. Theres no need to make a movethat could send a sense of uncertainty (or even a bit of panic) throughout theranks.

And yet, late September looms

If we have to make a change (down the line), well do it,Bochy said. You look at your options. If you think theyre better, you do it. WithPablo, hes a presence up there. When he gets going, hes a guy who can carry aclub.

To recap Sandovals part in Mondays 6-5 loss at CoorsField, he dropped an easy ground ball with two outs (bend over and pick it up,really, was the only act required) that led to a pair of unearned runs. And hewas 0 for 5, including two empty at-bats with runners in scoring position (partof a team-wide 1-for-10 effort).

Sandoval has gone 138 at-bats since his last home run July 8.He has a .274 slugging percentage since coming back from his last DL stint (astrained hamstring) August 8. Hes had both hamate bones removed from his handsover the past two seasons, and you have to wonder if hes lacking strength orif hes simply overswinging and getting himself out. Could be a little of both.

Either way, Bochy was willing to look at Mondaysforgettable game as just that: Forgettable. A one-off.

Well, you hate to see it, Bochy said. Youve go to washit off. Its going to happen. He had an off night. Thats the way you have tolook at it. You come back tomorrow with a little vengeance.

But youre always watching the stock ticker. Especially asyou approach the tape.

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers has had his way with the San Francisco Giants, and so has San Diego.

Oh how this rivalry has shifted - not to mention Myers' power stroke at AT&T Park, where he has already cleared the fences five times this season.

He decided to embrace the ballpark's challenging conditions and typical chilly temperatures coming off the bay.

Myers homered for a career-best third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

"One of the big things is just actually wanting to come here to play. Last year I kind of dreaded coming here because it's a pitcher's ballpark and they have great pitchers," Myers said. "One thing I did this year was just got excited to play here. It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well."

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th big league start and sixth on the road. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

"A couple bad pitches they ambushed me early in the count," Blach said. "It's frustrating when you're rolling like that you can't make adjustments quick enough."

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

"We still have a ton of respect for who they are, the players on the field and what they've done," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We know at any point in time they could go reel off 10 or 12 and have a great run. We don't want that to start on us."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

UP NEXT:
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.

No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

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No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.

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