Pence has 'refreshing' arrival to AT&T Park


Pence has 'refreshing' arrival to AT&T Park


SAN FRANCISCO The moment Hunter Pences flight landed Tuesday night,he switched on his smartphone app and checked the Giants score.

I saw it was 3-1 in the seventh inning, he said. OK,good.

Yep, he's officially invested. And vice versa.

Pence didnt arrive in time to join the Giants active roster thatll come on Wednesday, when hell be the starting right fielder andpresumed No. 5 hitter but its never too early for introductions.

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Walking into the stadium was amazing, said Pence, whom theGiants acquired Tuesday morning for Nate Schierholtz, Double-A catcher TommyJoseph and Single-A right-hander Seth Rosin. The fans out there welcoming me they were pumped. That makes you excited to get here.

Youve been on a plane all day, so its refreshing.

Refreshments were served all around in a happy Giantspostgame clubhouse. Pences red Phillies duffel and bat bags rested in a lockeradjacent to Tim Lincecum, who was speaking with reporters after pitching theGiants to a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Lincecum had just finished breaking down his experiencepitching to Pence over the years when the man himself appeared and reachedthrough a group of reporters to shake hands. They share the same agency andtheir fathers are good friends, Lincecum said.

Theres a little anticipation and excitement here, for allof us, Lincecum said.

Pence is a gangly, high-energy performer who definitelydoesnt hit or field from a textbook. But his unpredictability is part of whatmakes him dangerous.

Hes tough to throw to because you dont know what heslooking for and he swings at a lot of pitches and he can hit a lot of pitches,Lincecum said.

Pence learned of the trade while riding in a taxi withformer Giant Kevin Frandsen to Nationals Park, where the Phillies were playinga series. Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro thanked him for his contributions andwished him luck. From there, Pence packed a bag and caught the first flight hecould make. It was delayed a little more than an hour, so the Giants decided tohold off adding him to the active roster. Theyre expected to place Aubrey Huffback on the disabled list to make room.
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Its the second consecutive year hes been traded midseason,after Houston dealt him to the Phillies last July. The Giants tried to get himthen, too.

This is a different situation altogether, Pence said. Itsa little tighter race, which should make for some fun. You come through thefire a little stronger.

I guess theres less anxiety because Ive done it before. Iknow what I need to do.

Pence isnt sure what explains his success at AT&T Park,a place where most hitters have trouble making an adjustment. As for the trickyright field?

Well, I definitely have to get familiar with it, he said,recalling a time with the Astros when he tripped on the bullpen mound whilechasing a foul ball.

I face planted, he said. So I know where that is now.

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

The Giants return to San Francisco and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

The Giants return home and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. 

Braves (20-25)
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

Giants (20-29)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Christian Arroyo (R) 2B
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday's game in Chicago, Bruce Bochy talked of the bullpen and said "we've got to get our lefties going." One of them is no longer in the big leagues.

The Giants optioned Steven Okert back to Triple-A Sacramento before Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Aaron Hill. Hill hasn't played since April 22. He was batting .120 in 12 games before feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, and the recovery was slower than the Giants first expected.

Okert took on a big role in the bullpen upon being recalled, and he had a couple of huge multi-inning outings in wins. But the ERA is up to 6.23 and Bochy felt Okert had lost some confidence on the mound.

The Giants are again back to one lefty, Josh Osich, in the bullpen.