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Posey exits game because of back spasms

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Posey exits game because of back spasms

LOS ANGELES As much as theGiants would love to eliminate their archrivals, their top priority over thisfinal series at Dodger Stadium is to remain healthy for postseason play.

So even though Buster Poseys backspasms were believed to be minor and his exit merely a precaution after eightinnings, its no small thing when an injury involves the NLs leading MVPcandidate.

Posey felt something in his backwhen he hit the bag while trying to beat out an infield tapper, Giants managerBruce Bochy said. Posey made the safe sign as he hit the bag but first base umpire Paul Emmel ruled that the throw beat him.

We had to take him out, Bochysaid. We dont think its serious, but well check with him tomorrow. Runningdown the line, hitting the bag, he felt something there. Its for precautionaryreasons.

Posey collected his 101stRBI when he double in Marco Scutaro in the first inning and finished 1 for 4 todrop just one point off his average to .336 tops in the NL, once MelkyCabreras .346 average becomes unofficial on Wednesday. The Pirates AndrewMcCutchen was 1 for 3 to remain next best, at .329.

Elian Herreras bases-loadedsingle off Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning sent the Dodgers to a 3-2victory; with two to play, they remained two back of the St. Louis Cardinalsfor the second NL wild card spot

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P