Giants cancel order for Melky Cabrera T-shirt giveaway

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Giants cancel order for Melky Cabrera T-shirt giveaway

LOS ANGELES -- Giants officials saved themselves a lot of waste and even more embarrassment, canceling an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just as their supplier was about to print them.

Fans attending the Sept. 8 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers will receive an Angel Pagan T-shirt instead, club vice president Staci Slaughter said.

"We were able to cancel the order in time and we're happy that fans will receive a T-shirt as scheduled," said Slaughter, without further comment.

The Giants are seeking to distance themselves from Cabrera after the All-Star MVP was suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test. The situation went from chaotic to outright embarrassing when the New York Daily News revealed that one of Cabrera's handlers affiliated with his agents created a phony Web site and a made-up product in an effort to persuade Major League Baseball officials that the 27-year-old outfielder inadvertently took a banned substance.

Similarly, Cabrera was not truthful with Giants officials, team trainers and even teammates when word of the positive test began to leak in late July.

The T-shirt giveaway will still feature the "Gigantes" logo on the front but will bear Pagan's name and number on the back.

The Giants wouldn't have been so fortunate if they were giving out Melky Cabrera bobblehead dolls, which go through months of design, revision and production before they are handed out.

On a related note, the Philadelphia Phillies still plan to hand out thousands of Hunter Pence bobbleheads at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night.

Pence was traded to the Giants on July 31.

Giants lineup: Bochy sticks with his guys vs Padres

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Giants lineup: Bochy sticks with his guys vs Padres

The Giants fell to the Padres on Thursday night, but Bruce decided to make no changes to his batting order for Friday.

San Diego Padres (41-54)

Lineup still to come

San Francisco Giants (37-60)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Sandoval, ready for second chance, makes way back to San Francisco

Sandoval, ready for second chance, makes way back to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had to be careful with their public statements over the past 48 hours because they didn't want to get accused of tampering with a player who technically was still property of the Red Sox. That's no longer the case. 

Pablo Sandoval was expected to clear waivers on Friday and be in San Francisco to finalize a minor league deal. One Giants fan, on the way back from Boston, appeared to catch Sandoval boarding his flight. The Giants were preparing to reintroduce Sandoval on Saturday. He is expected to then make his way to Triple-A Sacramento. 

Sandoval, now 30 years old, spent the first seven years of his career in San Francisco, batting .294 with 106 homers. His time in Boston was a disaster and he was designated for assignment last week. The Red Sox released Sandoval on Wednesday, and it was soon reported by MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez that Sandoval would head back to the Giants. 

The Giants believe there is little downside in the move. Sandoval will not be blocking anyone in the minors, because Christian Arroyo is on the disabled list and Ryder Jones can play multiple positions. At the major league level, Eduardo Nuñez could be traded over the next 10 days.