Posey turns corner, turning corners

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Posey turns corner, turning corners

Giants catcher Buster Posey is on the tail end of a grueling month and a half of rehabilitation in Arizona, and progress on his healing ankle continues to be positive.

Posey took a big step in the rehab process Monday when he tested his surgically repaired ankle running corners, the Giants announced on their team website.

"I've been running straight, but this was the first time I tested it running corners," Posey told MLB.com. "I was out there turning a lot. I thought it went well. No problems."

After close to 50 days of batting practice and working out, Posey and his family will plan to abandon their temporary Arizona apartment and move back to Georgia.

"All along, the game plan was to leave by the beginning of November," Posey was quoted. "From that point on, I want to have as normal an offseason as possible."

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His normal offseason routine will be augmented with strengthening drills overseen by a physical therapist, but the real tests won't come until Posey returns to Arizona for the Giants' Cactus League games.

"I am anxious for that first Spring Training game, and the chance to test it out," Posey said. "All the simulated games aren't the same. You don't really know how it'll be when the adrenaline starts pumping, what kind of stress there will be on the joint. But I feel confident. I'm starting to feel pretty good, and we all have a lot to look forward to."

Instant Replay: Giants end four-game skid with win over rival Dodgers

Instant Replay: Giants end four-game skid with win over rival Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO — There was a different buzz at AT&T Park on Monday night, which was expected. The Dodgers always bring the most energy out of the fan base and the surprise promotion of the organization’s top prospect added a little sizzle. 

For six innings, Matt Cain made sure the good vibes didn’t go to waste. By the seventh, he was dealing with his own set of problems.

Cain dominated the Dodgers but he was removed by trainer Anthony Reyes after throwing warm-up pitches in the top of the seventh. There was no immediate word on his condition. The Giants went on to win the opener of this four-game series 2-1, wrapping up a well-earned victory for their longest-tenured player. 

Cain has been looking for consistency for three years. When he was on the mound Monday, he was able to carry over the strides he made in his two previous starts. Cain sailed through six, allowing just two singles and a walk. 

He benefited from sparkling defense on the infield, and in the second, three infielders teamed up to give Cain the lead. Brandon Crawford hit a leadoff double and went to third when Christian Arroyo grounded one to the right side in his first career at-bat. Joe Panik’s deep sacrifice fly to center brought Crawford trotting home. 

Panik was in the middle of an insurance rally ion the seventh. He singled with one out, went to second on a walk, and scored on Hunter Pence’s bouncer up the middle. That run would immediately be needed. The Dodgers put runners on the corners with no outs in the eighth and got one back on a grounder. With two outs, Chris Taylor was gunned down by Buster Posey at second, with Corey Seager at the plate. He would probably like that decision back. 

Sergio Romo took the mound in the bottom of the inning. He walked Eduardo Nuñez, got Posey to fly out, gave up a single to Crawford, and struck out Arroyo to end the inning. 

Starting pitching report: Cain had a 5.13 ERA over the previous three seasons. Through four starts, he’s sitting at a staff-best 2.42. All of a sudden, his loss would be a huge one for the Giants. 

Bullpen report: Steven Okert hustled to replace Cain in the seventh. He retired Yasmani Grandal and Adrian Gonzalez.

At the plate: Arroyo grounded out to second in his first three at-bats and then struck out. 

In the field: Arroyo made a slick barehanded play to rob Grandal of an infield hit in the fourth and he kept going, picking Cain — who had been hit by the liner — up off the grass. They chest-bumped.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,399 human beings. There were no donkeys. The fans gave Romo a standing ovation after the first and Romo came out in front of the visiting dugout to tip his cap. He was wiping tears away as he returned to the dugout rail.

Up next: It was supposed to be Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw. Ty Blach vs. Clayton Kershaw is pretty fun, too.

Cain exits game vs Dodgers with trainer before start of seventh inning

Cain exits game vs Dodgers with trainer before start of seventh inning

Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain left Monday's game vs the Dodgers with the team's trainer prior to the start of the seventh inning.

NBC Sports Bay Area Plus cameras showed Cain heading straight to the team's locker room. 

Before exiting the game, Cain had pitched six innings and allowed just two hits. 

After the game, NBCSportsBayArea.com Insider Alex Pavlovic updated Cain's status:

In this starts this season, Cain has a 3.31 ERA.