Sanchez works on strength, Posey returns home


Sanchez works on strength, Posey returns home

Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner expects bothBuster Posey and Freddy Sanchez to be ready to start for the Giants on OpeningDay.Posey is working his way back from a fractured left ankle sustained in ahomeplate collision in May while Sanchez is rehabbing a shoulder injury.Groeschner said that Posey has left the Giants' facility in Arizona to take a break from a rigorousrehab schedule."He's been rehabbing hard for the last four or fivemonths, so we just need to give him a mental and physical break for the nexttwo or three weeks and we'll pick it up after Thanksgiving and kind of get himinto a normal conditioning phase like the rest of the guys."Posey's recent progress includes catching bullpen sessions,taking batting practice, and running in curves around the edge of the infield."He's been catching on and off for a while now and you can have him catchballs off the machine," Groeschner said."He's caught up to 60pitches in a bullpen session."While Groeschner said that Posey was ahead of schedule inhis rehab, he also acknowledged that the rigors of catching may require theGiants' top draft pick in 2008 to rest more in spring training and beyond."We'll have to see how he is when he comes to springtraining," Groeschner said. "We'll definitely back him off in springtraining and kind of build him up towards the season. We may give him morescheduled days off and then as the season goes on, we will see how he'sresponding and feeling and adjust accordingly week-by-week,month-by-month."Unlike Posey, Sanchez is still in Arizona,where he lives, working on building strength before spring training."Freddy's doing well," Groeschner said. "He'sbeen in Arizonarehab since the surgery and at this point, he's now in the strengthening phase,which is going well. He's feeling good, he's bouncing back, and he's going tostart throwing in December."Groeschner said that the shoulder issue Sanchez is rehabbing from is morelikely to affect him on defense than at the plate.Our main concern is getting him ready to throw, Groeschner said. If we canget him throwing and feeling good, then the swinging will come later.Groeschner said that the team hopes to have Sanchez ready tostart at second base on Opening Day.He'll be on a regimented plan in spring training that Idesigned, trying to get him ready for April 5th.
Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


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


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."


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.


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


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.


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.