Giants making All-Star push for Vogelsong, etc.

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Giants making All-Star push for Vogelsong, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are making a push to get right-hander Ryan Vogelsong in the All-Star Game ahead of the official selection show on Sunday.

Catcher Buster Posey leads the voting at his position and indications are that outfielder Melky Cabrera is getting a surge in the balloting to move past Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and into third place among outfielders.

Right-hander Matt Cain, after authoring a perfect game, is considered a lock to make the NL staff for the third time. Cain will be well rested, too, so he is expected to pitch in the game for the first time. (He wasn't able to do so last year because he pitched the Sunday before the game; prior to his other All-Star appearance, he was struck on the arm by a line drive and wasn't able to appear.)

Vogelsong leads a group of worthy candidates that also includes Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo.

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is responsible for picking the remaining pitchers and reserves after the fan balloting picks the starters and player vote is tabulated to determine the first round of subs.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hasn't been able to reach La Russa, but he got word to major league officials and made his recommendations. While Bochy wouldn't get specific, it's believed he made a special push to get Vogelsong on the team for the second consecutive year.

Vogelsong is putting up even better numbers than a year ago, when Bochy named him to the All-Star squad for the first time. He's 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA and has thrown quality starts in 13 of 14 outings while going at least six innings each time.

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Bochy dropped a hint that he'll keep Hector Sanchez paired with Tim Lincecum when the Giants begin their road trip Tuesday night at Washington DC. The Giants play a rare 11 a.m. game the following day, so Buster Posey wouldn't catch both times.

"The first bus is at 7 a.m.," Bochy said, of the July 4 start time. "And the second bus is at 8 a.m. I've never heard of that before."

Sanchez has caught each of Lincecum's last two starts, with very good results; the right-hander has a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings.

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Bochy said he expects Sanchez will play winter ball because he hasn't been playing every day this season.

"That will keep him in the flow of the game," Bochy said.

Sanchez was named rookie of the year in the Venezuelan League last winter.

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Five of Pablo Sandoval's last seven hits have gone for extra-bases, and Bochy acknowledged he's looking at moving the Panda back into the middle of the order.

"We've talked about it," Bochy said. "I'd say it's a strong possibility here real soon."

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

The Dodgers made a move on Thursday that will certainly interest Giants fans.

Los Angeles designated Sergio Romo for assignment.

Over 30 appearances this season, Romo is 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA.

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He hasn't taken the mound since July 8.

Against the Giants this year:

- April 24: Allowed one hit and one walk in one inning
- April 25: Allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings 
- May 2: A perfect 1-2-3 inning
- May 17: Allowed one run in one inning

Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Orange and Black.

From 2008 to 2016, he went 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves over 515 appearances.

He won three World Series rings with the Giants.

Down on the Farm: Voice of the River Cats evaluates Giants prospects

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Down on the Farm: Voice of the River Cats evaluates Giants prospects

Johnny Doskow knows the Giants' prospects who are knocking on the door for a chance in the big leagues as well as anybody. In his 17th year as the voice of the Sacramento River Cats, Doskow takes in every moment of the Giants' Triple-A affiliate. 

On Wednesday morning, Doskow joined the KNBR Minor League Podcast to talk about some of the Giants' most intriguing prospects. Here is his up-close view on four names to know. 

Tyler Beede, RHP (19 GS, 6-7, 4.79 ERA, 109 IP, 83 K, 1.47 WHIP)

*Beede started the night of Doskow's interview and pitched seven scoreless innings. 

"I do think that Beede is going to be really good and I think Beede's gonna have a nice big league career. He's just not ready yet. He just needs more time here in Triple-A.

"He's struggled sometimes not being as aggressive in the zone as I think the Giants would have liked and nibbling a little bit. You know, he has great stuff. It's funny, then he'll have an outing like he did against El Paso several weeks ago where he was absolutely dominant and looked like a '3.' He looked like a 3 or 4 major league starter. He's gonna have the great games and he's gonna struggle some. I just think it's one of those things where more experience against quality hitters is going to help him. We talk about this league and how challenging it is and most of the time you can't just come in and dominate this league like a Lincecum did. Lincecum came in and he just absolutely dominated the (Pacific) Coast League. As did Matt Cain. You just don't see that very often.

"I think with Beede, he's just gotta right the ship, be more aggressive in the zone and you know, it's just a matter of time. He might be a September call-up, but I don't think it would hurt him to get even more time at Triple-A next year before he does get called up. Maybe he will compete for a spot, but I just think he needs more time down here. He's only 24. He's got great stuff, there's no doubt." 

Andrew Suarez, LHP (6 G, 5 GS, 3-3, 4.98 ERA, 34.1 IP, 32 K, 1.63 WHIP)

"His command, his confidence. He came in his first start and was throwing his breaking ball for a strike consistently. He came in and he was not intimidated at all by the (Pacific) Coast League. And he threw strikes right away and got hitters out." 

Chris Shaw, LF (47 G, .302/.338/.533, 9 HR, 13 2B, 26 RBI, 22 R)

"He's good, man. He's fun to watch too. ...He has a really mature approach and he's learning the outfield. He's still learning how to play the outfield. It's a work in progress out there and not always smooth. But he's a guy who can hit and you've got to find a position for him. Giants fans are gonna be impressed with this guy once he does arrive.

"Who knows, maybe he's a September call-up, but he's a guy I think needs a little more time in Triple-A. He's a good one, he really is. He's a guy who uses the whole field, great power, and again, work in progress in the outfield, but he can get there. You can tell too he's learning positioning out there in left field, how to play it, so it's a matter of time for him out there in the outfield. Definitely the bat's there, no question." 

Orlando Calixte, UTIL (74 G, .266/.295/.479, 13 HR, 13 2B, 41 RBI, 37 R)

"I don't know if the Giants have plans for Calixte. I know he is a treat to watch on a daily basis. Just watching his enthusiasm is infectious. He has that great energy he brings every single day. He plays multiple positions, he has a fine arm. I think he's susceptible from time to time on the breaking ball. 

"A team's gonna find him. Whether it's the Giants or somebody else, he's gonna stick. He can play. If he can learn how to hit that breaking ball -- he has good bat speed, he can play the game and he can play multiple positions. I think he's a guy who can be a super-utility type. He won't be quite a Nunez, but he's a really talented player, man. Again, he brings this kind of boyish enthusiasm every day. Everybody in the clubhouse loves him; always positive, always smiling, enjoys playing the game genuinely. You watch him and he's just really enjoying it. I haven't seen him in a bad mood yet. If he goes 0-for-5, the next day he's the same exact guy. He kind of has the major league demeanor -- never too high, never too low. He's always happy. He doesn't seem to get down too much, so I think he's got that good mentality."

*All stats are strictly for the River Cats (Shaw and Suarez were mid-season call-ups, and Calixte spent time with the Giants). All stats are through July 19.