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Pagan's playing time in jeopardy

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Pagan's playing time in jeopardy

DENVER Giants manager Bruce Bochy wants to get Angel Paganoff and running. But he also cannot afford to have a leadoff man with a .111average and .200 on-base percentage.

Pagan, a switch hitter, is in the lineup Thursday because heoffers another right-handed stick against lefty Jamie Moyer. But theres noguarantee that Pagan will be in there for Fridays home opener againstPittsburgh Pirates right-hander James McDonald.

Gregor Blanco is pushing him. And now, after his two-homergame, Nate Schierholtz, is, too.

Pagan also had a miserable spring in which he hit .171.

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Well, I know hes been working hard trying to get it going,Bochy said. Its early. Until he gets it going, we could tweak the lineup. Wecan use Blanco or Schierholtz. We could go with matchups there, too.

For today, Bochy wanted to get Brett Pill a start and hedoesnt want to play Aubrey Huff in the outfield here at Coors Field. Notwithout an oxygen tank (for Huff) and defibrillator (for the manager), anyway.

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Bochy was asked about his own history against Moyer, whom hefaced seven times.

He was tough, Bochy said. It was the back end of myplaying days. He just had remarkable control, good movement, good sink. I thinkI snuck one hit in there.

Good memory, skipper. You were 1 for 7.

One more pregame story, and its regarding the botchedrundown play in the fifth inning Wednesday night:

Bochy said he once got sent to the minors because of asimilar play. He was with the Padres and third baseman Kurt Bevacqua yelled, now!even though he wasnt in position to take the throw. Bochy threw the ball away,the run scored and noted taskmaster Dick Williams raised hell in the dugout.

Bochy got sent out two days later, with Williams telling himthey needed to play better fundamental baseball. Bevacqua apologized, saying hewasnt sure what happened on the play and it was his fault.

Bochy joked that the apology wasnt so meaningful.

Im the one getting sent out, he said.

Source: Giants' top pitching prospect expected to miss rest of season

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Source: Giants' top pitching prospect expected to miss rest of season

SAN FRANCISCO -- With a postseason spot long gone, the Giants hoped to take a look at some of their top prospects in September. Another injury will likely keep that from being a reality for the organization's top minor league pitcher. 

Right-hander Tyler Beede is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a groin strain while warming up for his last start, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. Beede, a first-round pick in 2014, will be sidelined at least four weeks, but he is headed to the club's facility in Scottsdale to rehab and keep open the possibility of being ready at some point in September.

The more likely scenario is that Beede pitches in the Arizona Fall League after the season in order to get more innings under his belt. After throwing 147 1/3 innings in Double-A last year, he was at 109 innings in Triple-A at the time of his injury. Beede is viewed as a 2018 rotation option, so the Giants will need him to get more work in before this year is over. 

The timing is brutal, and not just because Beede was potentially a month away from a September call-up. When he got hurt, Beede was coming off one of his best starts of his season with the River Cats. He allowed just one unearned run in seven innings on July 19, striking out five and walking one. Teammates raved about the stuff Beede showed that day, but he wasn't able to build off the start. He got hurt while warming up in the bullpen for his following start. 

The 24-year-old battled inconsistency at times in Sacramento, but of his final five starts with the River Cats, three were of at least seven innings with two-or-fewer earned runs. He certainly looked headed for a September call, and at times this year, he has been mentioned by team officials as a potential starter down the stretch. Overall, Beede had a 4.79 ERA in 19 starts. His final month was his best; he posted a 3.57 ERA in July. 

It's been an odd season for the Giants in terms of developing prospects. Christian Arroyo likely would have been called up after the Eduardo Nuñez trade, but he is also in Arizona, rehabbing after hand surgery. Austin Slater seemed to win the left field job, but a groin injury has him out for a couple of months and the Giants now want him to play winter ball to get extra at-bats. Arroyo and Slater have not officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, but it'll be hard for the Giants to get either player ready by the end of September. 

Magic Johnson vows World Series win for Dodgers this year

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Magic Johnson vows World Series win for Dodgers this year

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 71-31 ahead of a three-game home series with the San Francisco Giants, and owners the best record in baseball. 

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Confident co-owner Magic Johnson on Thursday made a bold statement.

"Last but not least, the Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year," he said while standing next to Clayton Kershaw and addressing a group at Dodgers Stadium during a "Ping Pong 4 Purpose — Kershaw's Challenge" event.

"That's the only ring I don't have and I need that ring."

The Dodgers have been eliminated from the playoffs in each of the past four seasons -- twice in the NLDS and twice in the NLCS. They haven't reached the World Series since defeating the A's in 1988.

"And last but not least, the @dodgers are going to win the World Series this year." #pingpong4purpose #dodgers #dodgersradio

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