Giants schedule MRI for Sanchez, but no roster move planned

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Giants schedule MRI for Sanchez, but no roster move planned

ATLANTA For a backup catcher, Hector Sanchez hasexperienced a full measure of foul tips, collisions, shots off the mask andother contusion-creating mishaps behind the plate.

Trainers have to wear their distance-running shoes whenSanchez starts behind the plate.

His injury Tuesday night was the strangest yet -- but not terribly serious, theGiants hope. Sanchez sprained his left knee on thebasepaths while making a sudden move to first base on a pickoff throw. He willgo for an MRI exam Wednesday morning but Dr. Ken Akizukis initial diagnosiswas that the injury was not significant; Giants manager Bruce Bochy said theclub did not plan to call up another catcher as a precaution, even though thirdbaseman Pablo Sandoval would be the backup to Buster Posey if Sanchez issidelined.

Were hoping for the best, Bochy said. We think its justa couple games. Were hopeful its what we think it is.

Sanchez, who had his knee checked on Friday due to mild discomfort, said he felt better after the game. But at the timehe shuffled to first, it hurt so bad. When I tried to run, I couldnt.

Sanchez managed to keep his sense of humor when askedif hed lend Sandoval his catching gear; the Panda hasnt caught an inningsince 2009, when he started three games behind the plate.

If he wants to use it, he can use mine, Sanchez said.

Sanchezs departure in the fourth inning meant that Posey moved from first base and worked with Barry Zito for the first time sincespring training. Zito logged three shutout innings with Sanchez and four withPosey.

Me and Buster were joking around, Zito said. I said, Youprobably snipered him because you wanted to work with me.

Zito paid a compliment to both catchers, saying that Poseykept him in the same flow.

We didnt skip a beat, Zito said. He was calling the samepitches Hector was. I just hope the injury to Hector isnt too serious and hecan get back out there in a few days.

If the Giants find they need another catcher, they couldalways recall Eli Whiteside the only other catcher on the 40-man roster -- fromTriple-A Fresno and perhaps send down another player such as Justin Christian ratherthan disable Sanchez.

Top prospect Tommy Joseph, who hit a home run on his 21stbirthday earlier in the week, is geographically closer to the club at Double-A Richmond butthe Giants probably dont want him lingering on the bench in the big leagues, nor would they want to purchase his contract prematurely.

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers has had his way with the San Francisco Giants, and so has San Diego.

Oh how this rivalry has shifted - not to mention Myers' power stroke at AT&T Park, where he has already cleared the fences five times this season.

He decided to embrace the ballpark's challenging conditions and typical chilly temperatures coming off the bay.

Myers homered for a career-best third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

"One of the big things is just actually wanting to come here to play. Last year I kind of dreaded coming here because it's a pitcher's ballpark and they have great pitchers," Myers said. "One thing I did this year was just got excited to play here. It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well."

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th big league start and sixth on the road. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

"A couple bad pitches they ambushed me early in the count," Blach said. "It's frustrating when you're rolling like that you can't make adjustments quick enough."

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

"We still have a ton of respect for who they are, the players on the field and what they've done," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We know at any point in time they could go reel off 10 or 12 and have a great run. We don't want that to start on us."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

UP NEXT:
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.

No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

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No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.

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