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Giants activate Melancon vs former team, rookie infielder placed on DL

Giants activate Melancon vs former team, rookie infielder placed on DL

WASHINTON D.C. -- The Giants believe they have the pieces to have a good bullpen next year. On Saturday, one of those relievers returned.

Mark Melancon was activated after spending about six weeks on the disabled list with a right pronator injury. To clear a roster spot, the Giants put Miguel Gomez on the disabled list with right knee inflammation that's been bothering him this week. 

Melancon won't be the closer right away. That job currently belongs to Sam Dyson, who has a 2.22 ERA with the Giants, but over time the Giants see Dyson in the eighth (with Will Smith) and Melancon in the ninth. Melancon said the Giants "got a diamond in the rough" when they scooped Dyson off waivers. He hopes to get back to being his old self, as well.

"I would like to get back to what I've done the past three years," Melancon said. "Get back to a routine and get back to being capable of doing what I've been doing.

"It hasn't been easy (being on the DL). "It hasn't been fun. I'm excited to get out there and get going."

Melancon will join a group that's been red-hot. The bullpen enters play Saturday with a streak of 18 2/3 innings without an earned run.

--- The Giants will need a spot starter next week since Chris Stratton got pushed back to Sunday. Matt Cain and Albert Suarez are the candidates, so now it's up to bullpen usage the next two days. Stratton will go Game 1 on Sunday, Matt Moore pitches Game 2. Both games will be on NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Giants lineup: Gomez gets the start at second in series finale vs Padres

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Giants lineup: Gomez gets the start at second in series finale vs Padres

Looking to split a four-game series at home with the Padres, Bruce Bochy is going with a Giants rookie at second base on Sunday.

San Diego Padres (42-55)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Carlos Asuaje (L) 2B
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
5. Jabari Blash (R) LF
6. Hector Sanchez (S) C
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Allen Cordoba (R) SS
9. Dinelson Lamet (R) P

San Francisco Giants (38-61)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Miguel Gomez (S) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Ty Blach (R) P

Giants lineup: Rookie infielder gets first career start

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Giants lineup: Rookie infielder gets first career start

The Giants will continue to give their young guys a long look as the season goes on and the trend turned to Miguel Gomez on Wenesday.

Cleveland Indians (48-44)

1. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF
2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
5. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
6. Abraham Almonte (S) RF
7. Roberto Perez (R) C
8. Erik Gonzalez (R) 2B
9. Carlos Carrasco (R) P

San Francisco Giants (36-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Miguel Gomez (S) 2B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
5. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Kelby Tomlinson (R) LF
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) RF
9. Matt Cain (R) P