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Posey: 'I'm humbled to be here with best players in the game'

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Posey: 'I'm humbled to be here with best players in the game'

KANSAS CITY--After having what would have been an All-Star season cut short with a devastating ankle injury in 2011, Buster Posey will appear in his first ever MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. His .289 batting average and 43 RBI this season were enough to solidify a position as the National League starting catcher.

At this time last year Posey couldn't even walk. So for him to be back at the major league level as one of the Giants' offensive leaders and to be starting the MLB All-Star Game is "definitely special" Posey said Monday.

Comcast SportsNet caught up with the Giants All-Star catcher as he reflected on coming back from injury and the opportunity to play with some of the best in the game.

On catching Matt Cain in the All-Star Game

It will be really special. We found out about it yesterday and we were both fired up. And Cain's a fun guy to catch, so I'm looking forward to it.
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On the prospect of catching R.A. Dickey

I've never caught a knuckle ball guy, so I'm sure it'll be a little bit of a challenge but I think it's something we'll probably discuss today and get straight. If I do, if there's a chance I'll talk to Dickey and maybe talk to him and pick his brain a little bit and go from there.

On the excitement of his first All-Star Game appearance

I don't think so. I don't think I've soaked it in. I've mentioned before how I was just excited to be back on the field. It's a whirlwind. I'm humbled to be here with the best players in the game and I'm just looking forward to it.

It's a cool experience to be around this caliber of players and I'm going to enjoy it.

On what makes Matt Cain so special

He understands how he wants to get guys out. He's able to make adjustments in-game from pitch to pitch, he's able to execute. On top of that, he's got good enough stuff that if he makes a mistake sometimes he can get away with it. He's a competitor so it's fun to work with a guy that competes like he does.

On having the support of Giants fans

I think for us getting to play there, we see what kind of fan base we have. I haven't played anywhere in my short career that can compare to that ball park as far as the fans coming out and the intensity they have each day and each night. I can't thank them enough; fans around the country. I especially want to thank our fans in San Francisco. Hopefully we can make them proud.

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On facing Justin Verlander

Yeah it's absolutely exciting. I think he's one of the best arms in the game and you're always excited about an opportunity to compete against the best.

On the added gratification of overcoming injury to make the All-Star Team

I think it would be gratifying either way, but it's definitely special. I was anxious to be back and competing at the major league level. This is kind of icing on the cake. It's sometimes kind of hard to believe that I'm here sometimes.

On the added incentive of home field advantage in the World Series

I think it can definitely make a difference. Regardless of whether it counted or not, I feel like you'd get the same intensity out of the guys here, because I think we're all competitors and we want to do well and we want to--like I mentioned before, it's fun to compete against the best.

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So there is obviously some weight on the game, but even if that weight wasn't on the game I don't know if it would make a difference in intensity the way the guy played to game.

On growing up as a Chipper Jones fan in Georgia

I was. I grew up in south Georgia so I watched the Braves a lot. I've watched them for a long time now, so I'm excited to get to see him. Growing up watching him I wouldn't think that I would have the opportunity to play with him and it speaks to the longevity he's had in his career.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."

ELFIN PAINED IN LOSS

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.

PHILLIE FANATIC

Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.