The Giants' 5 biggest losses

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The Giants' 5 biggest losses

Chris Alvarez
CSNBayArea.com

Last year "Torture" was a good thing. This year, not so much. Granted, I have been one of the few around this newsroom that have been saying the Giants are still in it (you can check my tweets). But last night really set me off. I sat staring blankly at the TV for about 5 minutes after the game in shock at the 8th inning at-bats that failed to produce anything with the two best hitters on the team in the box.You can say the baseball season is too long, but at the end of the day, every game in the 162 game season counts. Just look at last year if you need any evidence. That being said there is still baseball left to be played, but here are my Top 5 "Torturous" losses of the 2nd half that may come back to haunt the Giants.
5. August 7th vs PHI (W, 3-1): The Giants won the game, but lost Carlos Beltran for significant time after this game. San Francisco went 5-8 in his absence.4. August 16th @ ATL (L, 2-1): The 2nd walk-off loss in as many nights against the Braves proved to be bad omen in the middle of a 4-6 East Coast roadie.3. August 28 vs HOU (L, 4-3 in 11): Losing games to sub .500 teams could be the ultimate undoing of the Giants when all is said and done. A blown call in the 10th by the umpire on Mark DeRosa's attempted double was the play of the game.2. September 9 vs LAD (L, 2-1): A 2-out swinging bunt by Matt Kemp in the 8th, need I say more?1. September 20 @ LAD (L, 2-1): Clayton Kershaw dominated again, but the 8th inning at-bats with Sandoval and Beltran failed to produce against relief pitcher Kenley Jensen.With 8 games to go all Giants fans can hope for is that by the time the weekend set with Arizona rolls around, the Giants are still playing for something. Until then watch keep scoreboard watching and hope the "Torture" regains it's 2010 form.Chris Alvarez is an associate producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisAlvarez559

BREAKING: Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

BREAKING: Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Three years after departing for what he thought would be a better fit, Pablo Sandoval has returned. 

The third baseman, a key cog in the dynasty the Giants built earlier this decade, re-signed with the organization on a minor league deal on Saturday morning. Sandoval will join Class-A San Jose immediately and move on to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. He was in the AT&T Park clubhouse on Saturday to take a physical. 

Sandoval, now 30 years old, spent the first seven years of his career in San Francisco, batting .294 with 106 homers amid battles with his weight and inconsistency. The Giants never quite got on the same page with Sandoval when it came to his conditioning, and he alternated between being a valued power hitter in the middle of their lineup and sitting on the verge of being replaced. 

In Boston, there were no such highs. Sandoval played just 161 games over three seasons, batting .237 with 14 homers, and playing poor defense. He posted a negative Wins Above Replacement in all three seasons with the Red Sox and he was designated for assignment last week. Sandoval twice cleared waivers, so the Red Sox are on the hook for the remainder of a five-year, $95 million contract. 

The Giants have not yet commented publicly about Sandoval, citing tampering rules. The view from team employees seems to be that there’s little risk in signing a former fan favorite who comes essentially for free. With Christian Arroyo on the disabled list, Sandoval will not be blocking one of the organization’s top prospects, although you can argue that a last-place team would be better served looking at players like Ryder Jones.

Most players were guarded in their comments this week. Hunter Pence, the lone player mentioned in a positive light by Sandoval in a scathing article after his departure, said he is excited for a reunion. Others offered some version of, “If he helps us win, so be it.” 

It’s unclear if Sandoval can still do that, and multiple team officials, speaking on background this week, said it’s a coin flip whether Sandoval ever returns to the majors. Still, the Giants are willing to flip that coin, and their history says they don't sign veterans and leave them in the minors. 

Giants make roster moves; right-handed bullpen arm, infielder recalled

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Giants make roster moves; right-handed bullpen arm, infielder recalled

The Giants announced a quartet of roster moves ahead of Game 3 of their series against the San Diego Padres. 

Albert Suarez and Orlando Calixte have been recalled from triple-A Sacramento while Steven Okert and Jae-Gyun Hwang have been optioned down to triple-A. 

Suarez has missed the entire season with shoulder and calf injuries. 

Calixte has appeared in eight games with the Giants this season. In 29 plate appearences, he has four hits and three runs batted in. 

Hwang hit .167 in his time with the big league club.