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Posey: 'I don't feel like it'll be a big issue at all'

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Posey: 'I don't feel like it'll be a big issue at all'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Coming off a 5-1 road trip, whichculminated in a three-game sweep of the archrival Dodgers in Los Angeles, youwouldnt expect much cause for concern in Giants-land.But whenever Buster Posey is out of the lineup due to an injury, all bets areoff. At least Poseys issue is with his hamstring, and not hissurgically-repaired ankle.I've been feeling it forprobably four or five games, and the second game in L.A. I probably felt it alittle bit more, Posey said. Fortunately, I really never felt my hamstring betight, but I don't feel like it'll be a big issue at all.If you trust Posey and his manager Bruce Bochy, theresnothing to worry about.I'm feeling better today,Posey said before Thursdays series opener against the Atlanta Braves. Justtalking to head trainer Dave Groeschner, he thinks it's the smartest thing todo with 38 games to go. I'm definitely feeling better today.Bochy reiterated that the decision to rest his cleanup-hittingcatcher was more a matter of caution than necessityThis was a close call, Bochy said. Hes available to pinch hit. If somethinghappened where we had to put him behind the plate, we could today. But we justfelt like its not 100, its not quite worth the risk, so hes going to getanother day. But were all optimistic that hell be back there tomorrow. Butits good to have him available tonight, where yesterday I wasnt going to usehim at all.The Giants did just fine without Posey in Wednesday 8-4 win over the Dodgers,but could use his .350 home batting average, which ranks fourth in the NationalLeague. However, Posey is 0-for-6 with a strikeout against Thursdays Bravesstarter Tommy Hanson. He expects to return to the lineup for game two of fouragainst Atlanta on Friday, with veteran right-hander Ben Sheets scheduled tostart.I'mhoping tomorrow, Posey said of when he expects to return. I don't see anyreason why not.Bochy is equally optimistic that Poseys hamstring will be healthy enough for aFriday start. He also said that the Giants will be extra careful with Posey.Even when he comes back, well make sure not that wellhave him steal bases or anything that he does take it easy to a point wherehes not going to risk it, Bochy said. This is being cautious right now. Ifwe were at the end of September and had to win this game, maybe he wouldcatch.Both Bochy and Posey said that catching was not the concern.Rather, its running the bases that can aggravate a hamstring injury. So dontexpect Posey to see more time at first base as a result. When Bochy deems himready to run the bases, Posey will be back in the squat as usual.

Pablo Sandovals sore hamstring led to an early exit fromWednesdays game, but hes back in the lineup Thursday.Bochy said that he wouldnt hesitate to do the same thing if Sandovalshamstring injury acts up again.We had to take him out yesterday so its obviously not 100,Bochy said. Its hard to quantify what percent hes at. Only he knows that. Hefelt it a little bit, thats why he came out of the game yesterday. But hesgood to go today and well have to just keep an eye on him and if it tightensup during the game, hell come out again tonight.

Santiago Casilla threw back-to-back dominant outings in LosAngeles, and while Bochy isnt ready to abandon his closer-by-committeeapproach, he certainly took notice of his former closers resurgence after afinger blister and control issues forced him from a regular role in the ninthinning.Very encouraged by how he threw the ball, Bochy said. Andyou could see a difference in his attitude. He feels really good about wherehes at with the finger. So hes going to help out in that role.

There was an Aubrey Huff sighting at AT&T Park beforeThursdays game. The oft-injured and oft-slumping first baseman has missed 71games while on the disabled list three times, twice for a right knee sprain andonce for an anxiety disorder.Bruce Bochy said that the Giants will make a decision on what to do with Huff,who was eligible to be re-instated from the disabled list on August 14, verysoon.Hes going to be evaluated today and well make a decisionwhat were going to do with him, Bochy said. But hes going to do all thebaseball activities. Then well see where hes at and what the next move is.

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco

Giants start off quick, but Phillies rough up Blach to power past San Francisco

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Kelly doesn't play much, but he's learned to make the most of his opportunities.

"He's my secret weapon," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Mackanin summoned him at the most opportune of times on Saturday night, and Kelly delivered.

Kelly had a pinch-hit grand slam, Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants 12-9.

"I take anything positive, but that was pretty amazing," Kelly said.

Down 12-4, the Giants scored five times in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris struck out Carlos Moncrief for his 14th save.

Adam Morgan (1-1) threw just one pitch and got the win.

Kelly batted for Morgan and hit a slam off Cory Gearrin that capped a seven-run burst in the sixth inning for an 11-4 lead. He has 14 RBIs on 14 hits this year.

"The one thing he does is he doesn't overswing," Mackanin said. "He doesn't try to do too much and he's got some quickness in his bat. If you make a mistake like they did tonight, he doesn't try to overpower, he just tries to put the head on it and that's what he did tonight."

Denard Span became the first Giants player to lead off with an inside-the-park home run in 72 years. The last Giant to do it was Johnny Rucker on June 20, 1945, when the team played in New York and was at the Polo Grounds against the Boston Braves, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ty Blach (8-9) took the loss.

Cameron Rupp homered and doubled, and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies.

Rupp doubled off Blach with one out to start the sixth, with Span losing the high flyball to center field. The ball landed in front of him.

"He lost it. He never saw it in the twilight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The ball is tough to pick up at that time of the night."

Giants star Buster Posey was 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 21 games going back to 2014.

HOMETOWN HERO:
Hoskins homered for the fourth time in seven games. Since going hitless in his first 12 at-bats after being called up from Triple-A, the rookie is 7 for 21 with four home runs in seven games.

His power surge has coincided with his team making a trip to the Bay Area, near where he grew up in the Sacramento area. He had about 35 to 40 friends and relatives at Saturday's game.

"I grew up a Giants fan, to play in this ballpark is pretty special," Hoskins said. "It's something that I dreamt of, especially to get a win the way we did tonight is pretty cool."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin's status for his next turn in the rotation is uncertain after the 23-year-old reported tightness in right shoulder, Mackanin said. ... RHP Ben Lively is with the team and will be activated before Sunday's game to start the series finale, Mackanin said. Lively will take the roster spot of outfielder Odubel Herrera, who on Friday was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury (retroactive to Aug. 15). Lively will take RHP Mark Leiter's spot in the rotation in a move that sends Leiter to the bullpen.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto will pitch in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and likely make one more rehab start before being activated, manager Bruce Bochy said. Cueto has been on the disabled list since July 15 with blisters on his right hand. He will throw 50 to 60 pitches on Monday, Bochy said.

UP NEXT:
Phillies: Lively (1-4, 3.80 ERA) recorded his lone career win against the Giants on June 3, when he gave up one run in seven innings of four-hit ball. Lively was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on pitch in the majors for the first time since July 5.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99) is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies. He was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season.

Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys

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Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys

The Giants scored early and often Friday night, giving Bruce Bochy no reason to switch anything up Saturday in San Francisco.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-77)

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. Jorge Alfaro (R) 1B
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-74)

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. Ty Blach (R) P