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Giants clubhouse cancer? Pierzynski clears air

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Giants clubhouse cancer? Pierzynski clears air

Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

While some players last their whole careers without making a single ripple of controversy, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been in the middle of the ocean, hanging ten on 20-foot waves, infamously surfing his way from one embroilment to the other.

Chief among them would be the notorious blowup that occurred in 2004 when Pierzynski was with the Giants. In a story that ran in the Oakland Tribune that season, Pierzynski almost caused a mutiny among the Giants pitching staff.

The pitchers arent happy with him. If they can trade him, that would be fine with me, one player said. Another called him a cancer.

Several pitchers questioned Pierzynskis work ethic. He was accused of giving his teams signs to the opposition and for criticizing Giants pitchers to the Padres' Phil Nevin while Nevin was hitting.

After years of speculation, Pierzynski wanted to set the record straight.

Basically one guy came out and said that.
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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

It was the kind of night that's been so familiar over the years. The Giants had six home shutouts last season. Here are five things to know from this year's first ... 

—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.

Pablo Sandoval exits game vs Brewers after getting hit on left forearm

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Pablo Sandoval exits game vs Brewers after getting hit on left forearm

Pablo Sandoval left Monday's game against the Brewers in the bottom of the eighth inning after getting hit on the left forearm.

Sandoval was examined by the trainer and manager Bruce Bochy removed the third baseman from the game. Orlando Calixte came in to pinch run for Sandoval.

After the game, Bochy was asked about how Sandoval was doing.

"He's fine. Contusion there on the forearm. He could have stayed in. I had Orlando ready to go in. I said 'No, let's get him checked out.' He says he's fine to go tomorrow," Bochy told reporters at the ballpark.

Before the hit-by-pitch, Sandoval was 2-for-3 with a double.