Sandoval at least a week away, Bochy says

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Sandoval at least a week away, Bochy says

DENVER -- The Giants' crack PR staff figured out that no Giants catcher has homered in four straight games since Tom Haller in 1964.

One relevant detail they didn't include: Buster Posey is at first base Sunday as the suddenly prodigious Giants go for a three-game sweep at Coors Field.

It's a perfect afternoon here, made all the more pleasant by the thought that it'll be 99 degrees and suffocatingly humid when the Giants arrive in St. Louis for a four-game series that begins on Monday.

Pablo Sandoval is eligible to return from the disabled list in Thursday's finale at Busch Stadium, but that appears to be an extreme longshot now. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said while Sandoval continues to make progress from a strained left hamstring, trainers tell him that he's roughly a week away from being ready.

So it looks like Sandoval could return by the middle of the next homestand -- just in time for what should be a challenging series against the Washington Nationals.

The probables in Saint Loo, starting Monday: Cain vs. Westbrook, Zito vs. Lynn, Vogelsong vs. Kelly, Bumgarner vs. Wainwright. That's four right-handed pitchers for the Cardinals.

But first, the Giants hope for a happier Lincecum day than the last time their two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched at Coors -- when he absorbed the shortest start of his career in a 17-8 loss.

Here's the lineup: Pagan cf, Theriot 2b, Cabrera lf, Posey 1b, Pence rf, Scutaro 3b, Sanchez c, Crawford ss, Lincecum P

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.

After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.

The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.

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Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

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In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.

Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.

Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.

First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.

In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.

Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.

He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.

San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.

Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.