Jimenez returns from DL to face Giants

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Jimenez returns from DL to face Giants

April 19, 2011

GIANTS (9-7) vs.
COLORADO (12-4)

Coverage begins at 5 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have played excellent baseball without their ace, but the return of Ubaldo Jimenez figures to provide them with a big lift.

In his first start off the disabled list, Jimenez will take the mound for the Rockies on Tuesday night as they continue their series against the San Francisco Giants.

After going 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA last season, throwing a no-hitter and finishing third in the NL Cy Young Award voting, Jimenez (0-0, 7.50 ERA) was aiming to build off that breakout campaign this season.

However, his debut was a forgettable one as he gave up six runs and seven hits - including two homers - in six innings of a 7-6, 11-inning loss to Arizona on April 1.

Jimenez blamed a cut cuticle on his pitching thumb and was placed on the disabled list April 6.

He returns to the mound with his team tied for the majors' best record at 12-4. Despite missing its ace, Colorado's starters were 9-1 with a 3.60 ERA before a rough outing by Esmil Rogers in Monday's series opener led to an 8-1 loss.

"It's a group effort and just because one guy goes down doesn't mean the others can't pick him up," Troy Tulowitzki said. "I went down last year and we played just fine. Carlos (Gonzalez) has had his fair share of injuries and we've done all right. Ubaldo now, too."

Jimenez is 5-5 with a 3.13 ERA in 14 starts against the Giants. He went 2-1 in four last season with two complete games.

Jimenez will try to give the Coors Field crowd something to cheer about after Giants ace Tim Lincecum took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before giving up a one-out single to Gonzalez.

Lincecum struck out 10 over 7 2-3 innings as San Francisco (9-7) won for the fifth time in six games, holding the Rockies to their fewest runs of the season.

REWIND: Lincecum flirts with no-hitter in 8-1 Giants win

"Well, the guy was dealing today," Gonzalez said. "That's why the guy has two Cy Young Awards. Whenever you have to face a guy like that you want to count on your starting pitcher because runs are going to be hard to come by."

Lincecum had plenty of help from the offense, which tagged Rogers for eight runs in three innings, scoring five in the first. Freddy Sanchez, Pat Burrell and Nate Schierholtz all homered in that inning.

The Rockies were limited to a season-low four hits, getting an RBI double from Todd Helton in the seventh.

Tulowitzki, who came in hitting .364, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

It was the second time in three games Colorado was blown out after the team's previous two losses came in extra innings. The Rockies lost 8-3 to Chicago on Saturday.

With a tough act to follow after Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 3.24) takes the ball for the Giants looking to build off his best start of the year.

Sanchez yielded three runs and struck out a season-high nine in six innings of a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

Sanchez has 24 strikeouts over his first 16 2-3 innings, but he hadn't completed six innings in his previous two starts.

The left-hander is 2-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his last four starts against the Rockies after going 1-3 with a 7.30 ERA in the first seven.

San Francisco has won five of the last six meetings.

NOTES

These teams split their 18 meetings last season, however, the Giants have won four of the last five matchups between the clubs. ... San Francisco has won four of its last five games after opening the season with four wins in its first 10 contests. The Giants have scored exactly five runs in three straight and four of their last five games. ... The Rockies, who at 12-3 own the best record in the majors this season, have won eight of their last nine games. ... Tim Lincecum has seven wins in his career against the Rockies, which is tied for the most wins in his career against any opponent (7 vs. Arizona). ... Esmil Rogers, who has won each of his two starts this season, is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against San Francisco. ... Todd Helton has 110 RBI in his career against the Giants -- the third-most in his career against any opponent. Helton is 10-for-28 with one homer and two doubles in his career against Tim Lincecum.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

UMPIRE GOES DOWN:
Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

UP NEXT:
RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.