Giants optimistic they'll have Posey, Sandoval vs. Braves


Giants optimistic they'll have Posey, Sandoval vs. Braves


LOS ANGELES The Giants have a pair of tight hamstringsattached to Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, but both All-Stars were optimisticthat they will be in the lineup Thursday when the club begins a home serieswith the Atlanta Braves.

Well see when I get to the park tomorrow and move around alittle bit, said Posey, who was scratched from Wednesdays lineup on the recommendationof trainers after his right hamstring stiffened up the previous night. Itsgotten better.

Sandoval was a little more emphatic.

Ill play, said the third baseman, who exited in the sixthinning after his left hamstring began to bark a bit.

Sandoval had missed 18 games on the disabled list afterstraining his hamstring at the end of July. Hes hitting .286 with eight RBIsin 10 games since returning from the DL.

The situation were in now, I want to play, be in thelineup and help my team win, Sandoval said.

The thought of a lineup without Sandoval, Posey and thesuspended Melky Cabrera would have been the stuff of nightmares a couple weeksago. It would seem that way still, if Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and JoaquinArias werent hitting everything in sight.

That was great to see, said Posey, who wouldve beenavailable to pinch hit if needed in the Giants 8-4 victory Wednesday at DodgerStadium, which completed a three-game sweep. Arias had a huge game, Pagan dida great job again of getting on base and Scutaro is on fire lately. It was areally good trip.

Posey said he felt his hamstring grab while sprinting downthe first base line in his first at-bat Tuesday. He played the remainder of thegame and was in Wednesdays initial lineup before trainers evaluated him in stresstests and advised manager Bruce Bochy to give the cleanup-hitting catcher arest.

We feel pretty good hell be able to go tomorrow, Bochysaid. Well wait till he comes in and reevaluate him and if he needs anotherday, well have to take care of him.

Matt Cain arrived at the park expecting to work with Posey,and instead found himself paired with Hector Sanchez for the first time sincespring training. It did not disrupt the right-hander in the slightest as he heldthe Dodgers to a run in seven innings.

They havent worked together in quite a while but they werein sync, Bochy said. I think Sanchy deserves a lot of credit for how Mattthrew.

Said Cain: You always want Buster back there and his bat inthe lineup, obviously. But I cant say enough about what Hector did today. Wecaught the same rhythm and it was a good night.

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss


SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night.

The win snapped the Mets' four-game losing streak. They had lost seven of eight.

The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24.

Along with Cespedes and Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto all had three hits.

After being held to five runs over their last three games, the Mets broke out their hitting slump, combining for 20 hits.

All but one Mets starter (Jose Reyes) had at least one hit and all but two (Reyes and Cabrera) drove in at least one run.

Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was 1 for 2 with one RBI.

Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth off Lugo that spoiled his bid for a fifth straight quality start.

Cespedes' ninth homer of the season highlighted a six-run second inning in which the Mets sent 10 batters to the plate.

Cespedes had a double in the sixth that highlighted a three-run inning.

In 13 games since coming off the disabled list Cespedes is 17 for 43 with seven extra-base hits including three home runs.

He's 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season.

Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings. He's 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and inserted into the New York Mets' starting lineup at second base rather than shortstop and he said he wants to be traded. Cabrera had three hits Friday night.

The 31-year-old, a two-time All-Star and a veteran of 11 big league seasons, had not started at second since Sept. 28, 2014. The Mets started Jose Reyes at shortstop against San Francisco on Friday night and Wilmer Flores at third.


Mets: Second-round draft selection Mark Vientos signed out of high school for a $1.5 million signing bonus. The infielder was the 59th overall selection in this year's draft. . The Mets also signed their third- and fifth-round picks, OF Quinn Brodey and 1B/OF Matt Winaker (both from Stanford). . Brodey signed for a $500,000 bonus and Winaker for $280,000.

Giants: LHP Bryan Morris was designated for assignment and Steven Okert was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.


Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (separated left shoulder) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at the team's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. . Utilityman Eduardo Nunez went on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. The Giants activated 3B Conor Gillaspie (back spasms).


Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (6-3, 394 ERA) has allowed one earned run over 17 innings in his last two starts. He's 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42) is 1-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last nine starts. He's 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension for his involvement in a May 29 benches-clearing brawl with Bryce Harper and the Nationals. Harper originally was suspended for four games before winning his appeal and served a three-game suspension. 

But the player who has lost the most amont of time came sprinting from first base trying to break up the melee. 

Michael Morse clashed heads with Jeff Samardzija and went crashing down. He has been out since with concussion symptoms and revealed Friday he barely remembers anything from the fight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

After missing nearly a month of games, Morse feels much better, though effects from the concussion are still there. Every day Morse goes to Stanford for testing and therapy and still deals with lingering symptoms like dizziness once he raises his heartbeat and headaches. 

If Morse ever joins the reeling Giants is a question in itself. 

San Francisco currently has the second-worst record in baseball at 27-48 behind only the Phillies and have already started to shift to younger players. No matter, the 35-year-old Morse wants to be a part of the team. 

"You know me," Morse said to reporters before Friday's game. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm a happy-go-lucky guy. I'm happy to be with these guys. They're going through such hard times.

"I want to be with them, if not on the field, then off the field, helping them mentally if not physically."

In 24 games this season, Morse is batting .194 with just one home run. If his time has come to an end, the one home run was one to remember. 

Morse, in his first game back with the Giants since 2014 launched a pinch-hit solo home run to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers on April 26. The fan-favorite raised his hands at the crack of the bat, bringing back memories of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS.