Posey loses voice but not ground in batting race

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Posey loses voice but not ground in batting race

SAN DIEGO Speak softly and carry a big stick?

Yeah, Buster Posey can handle that. He had no other choiceFriday night, when he absorbed a ball to the larynx, stayed in the game, rappedout his second extra-base hit of the night and widened his lead in the NL battingrace in the Giants 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

After the game, Poseys voice sounded like he swallowed aSwiss army knife.

Im good, he croaked, and nodded when asked if he wouldplay Saturday.

The play in the second inning was scary for all involved.Ryan Vogelsong bounced a curveball replays showed it actually hit EverthCabreras foot and the ball ricocheted up. Posey had tilted his head backslightly, leaving his throat exposed. The ball caught him flush on the voicebox.

Vogelsong didnt see the ball hit Posey. But when he gotcloser, I could see the seam marks on his Adams apple.

Scary moment?

I didnt really get to that point, but I know hes a toughson of a gun, Vogelsong said. Because I know if I get hit in the throat, Idbe lying on the training table. Weve got some tough guys back there, thatsfor sure.

If that wasnt enough, Posey also threw up prior to the game.He told manager Bruce Bochy that he ate something that didnt agree with him.So that made his triple to lead off the second inning his first since 2010 allthe more impressive.

It does show you how tough he is, Bochy said. He washurting, but he wanted to stay in. Well check on him tomorrow.

A check of the NL batting race:

Posey drew an intentional walk and struck out to finish 2for 4 and end the day with a .334 average. (rounded up from .33397). AndrewMcCutchen, part of a Pirates lineup that was no-hit by the Reds Homer Bailey,is at .33043.

Report: Melancon rubbed Giants teammates wrong way early in season

Report: Melancon rubbed Giants teammates wrong way early in season

This past offseason, the Giants overhauled the back of their bullpen. Out went mainstays Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez. In came prized free agent Mark Melancon.

It was supposed to be a seamless transition for one of the most reliable closers in baseball.

But nearly three months in, Melancon is one of many Giants players struggling while the team flounders in last place in the NL West with a 27-51 record.

And it appears Melancon's relationship with his new teammates didn't get off to a great start.

Melancon "rubbed some teammates the wrong way early in the season" by canceling a longstanding pregame stretching session with the other relievers that was implemented long before he joined the team, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

That's not the only stretching-related issue to impact the Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy had to get involved when several veterans were reportedly late on multiple occasions for the team stretching session.

“I dropped the ball. I’ve been doing this so long, you take for granted that they know what I want. These guys were used to doing it how they’ve done it — ‘I have my own routine. I’m not going to stretch.’ But we do stretch as a team here. They all have to be out there,” Bochy said.

Closers are known to have unique routines and Bochy addressed that as well.

“Sometimes other relievers … maybe they get a little taken aback by it. I don’t know what (closer) doesn’t have a routine like that,” Bochy said.

General Manager Bobby Evans addressed the claim that Melancon is rubbing teammates the wrong way and defended his closer's role in the clubhouse.

“To whatever degree it hasn’t manifested itself or to the extent it’s manifested itself in the perception of some negatively, I can assure you that was not Mark’s intention. Mark is a team guy,” Evans said.

Melancon, who has a 4.58 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances this season, has three years and $53 million left on his contract with the Giants.

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

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Madison Bumgarner was back on the bump Sunday night in a Giants jersey for the first time since being placed on the DL due to a dirt bike accident on April 21.

Bumgarner took the mound for the Arizona Rookie League Giants against the Arizona Rookie League Angels and did not allow a hit in three innings pitched. The Giants' ace also struck out two and walked one. 

In both the first and third innings, Bumgarner pitched a perfect three up and three down frame. 

Bumgarner was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left throwing shoulder and sustained bruised ribs from his dirt bike accident on an off day in Colorado. Pitching in a game for the first time in over two months, Bumgarner was throwing between 88-91 miles per hour, according to Tommy Stokke of FanRagSports. 

After finishing his three innings of work, Bumgarner went down to the bullpen to increase his pitch count, reports Sande Charles of FanRagSports

Before sustaining the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. 

The Giants have gone 21-41 since Bumgarner's injury. They are 27-51 on the year and sit 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.