Sandoval etches name in Giants franchise lore

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Sandoval etches name in Giants franchise lore

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DETROIT -- After a regular season rife with inconsistency, Pablo Sandoval has experienced few downs this postseason.

The Giants third basemans postseason assault of opposing pitchers continued with two more hits on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series. Sandoval singled and doubled in four at-bats to raise his average in the World Series to .636 as the Giants are now within a victory of their second World Series title in three seasons.

Sandovals two hits also increased his 2012 postseason total to 23, which moves him past former first baseman J.T. Snow for the most in a single postseason in franchise history. Snow rapped out 22 hits in 2002 for the National League pennant-winning Giants.

Sandoval believes he has had success -- hes 23-for-61 (.377) with five doubles, six home runs and 13 RBIs in 15 postseason games -- because his hands are finally back at full strength. The slugger missed 53 games this season, including 35 after he suffered a left hamate fracture on May 2.

Ive been feeling great, Sandoval said. I was struggling during the season, up and down. My surgery, I lost the strength in my hand muscles. I think this is the time Im getting my strength back. All the work Ive been putting in during the season Ive been seeing the results right now.

Has he ever.

Sandoval didnt just pass Snow on Saturday, he also moved within two hits of the all-time major league record for hits in a postseason shared by David Freese (2011), Darrin Erstad (2002) and Marquis Grissom (1995).

Shortstop Brandon Crawford has seen the difference in Sandovals hand strength and agrees it has keyed his success.

Hes been looking real good, Crawford said. Hes been using his hands a lot. When hes doing that, hes tough to get out. Even a guy like (Anibal) Sanchez who is going to keep you off-balance, hes still going to get his hands up there and get a barrel on some of them.

Dan Hayes is the White Sox Insider for CSNChicago.com

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers has had his way with the San Francisco Giants, and so has San Diego.

Oh how this rivalry has shifted - not to mention Myers' power stroke at AT&T Park, where he has already cleared the fences five times this season.

He decided to embrace the ballpark's challenging conditions and typical chilly temperatures coming off the bay.

Myers homered for a career-best third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

"One of the big things is just actually wanting to come here to play. Last year I kind of dreaded coming here because it's a pitcher's ballpark and they have great pitchers," Myers said. "One thing I did this year was just got excited to play here. It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well."

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th big league start and sixth on the road. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

"A couple bad pitches they ambushed me early in the count," Blach said. "It's frustrating when you're rolling like that you can't make adjustments quick enough."

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

"We still have a ton of respect for who they are, the players on the field and what they've done," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We know at any point in time they could go reel off 10 or 12 and have a great run. We don't want that to start on us."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

UP NEXT:
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.

No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

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No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.

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