Pablo in pain as Giants open crucial series


Pablo in pain as Giants open crucial series

It's by far the biggest game of the year, and Pablo Sandoval is coming off the best week among all National League position players.So why isn't he in the lineup Tuesday against Dodgers ace and NL Cy Young frontrunner Clayton Kershaw?Pretty simple. He's a PUP instead of a Panda.

PUP as in physically unable to perform. It's an acronym typically reserved for the NFL, but it applies here. Obviously.You think Sandoval isn't dying right now? You think this isn't exactly the stage on which he's dying to perform? Of course it is. He lives for this kind of drama. But if you can't go, you can't go. And Sandoval is smart enough to know that faking his way into the lineup against talent like Kershaw is likely to hurt the Giants more than it'll help them.The more troublesome part of this deal isn't how it affects tonight. As dominant as Kershaw has been against the Giants this season, the defending champs were going to have their hands full even with their best, most productive player.That Sandoval, a right-handed hitter, can't swing right-handed with even an ounce of confidence, though, is a major concern heading into the final week-plus of the regular season.He's been battling shoulder soreness for some time, and the pain has come and gone. It's back with a vengeance now, however, and if the pain doesn't die back down real soon, the Giants are all but cooked.Or are they? Maybe he can suck it up and bat lefty vs. lefties from here on out. He did it a little bit earlier in the year, and the force of his will might just be strong enough to make it work for a little while.Not against Kershaw, though. Kershaw's a load for Pablo at 10 percent from the right side. Kershaw against Pablo from the left side could have been ugly. Real ugly. Calling Dr. Cortisone.

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park


Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2


Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P