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Giants Vs. Padres: San Francisco Wins NL West, Drops Series Finale On Sunday

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Giants Postseason Roster Likely Including All Five Starting Pitchers

The San Francisco Giants clinched the National League West title on Saturday night, which means it's time for manager Bruce Bochy to begin sorting out his plans for the playoffs. With pitching such a strength for the Giants, Bochy expects all five starters to make the postseason roster.

"The best way you can do this is the way you've been doing it," Bochy said. "You never stop trying to win games."

Barry Zito may be the most excited to hear that news. The veteran has performed well in September and likely played his way onto the roster. Zito was not with the team during the 2010 posteason and missed out on San Francisco's run to the World Series win. Whatever his role, Zito is just happy to have a chance at postseason success. He hasn't made a playoff appearance since the 2006 American League Championship Series with the Oakland Athletics.

"It's outstanding," Zito said when told of Bochy's playoff preview. "It's tough to process right now because I've got to be ready for (my final two starts), but it feels really good right now.

"It's been a great ride. I feel blessed to be able to still have a body healthy enough to contribute and to still be having fun playing baseball at the age of 34."

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Will Aubrey Huff Make The Giants Postseason Roster?

With the NL West wrapped up the San Francisco Giants are already looking ahead to the second season, and just who will be making their 25-man roster for the playoffs. One player on the bubble is veteran Aubrey Huff, one of the few positional players leftover from their 2010 World Series team. And if skipper Bruce Bochy had to choose today, Huff would likely make the grade, according to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly.

"Well, you have to like his at-bats," Bochy said of Huff, who is 5 for 9 with two walks and just one strikeout as a pinch hitter since coming off the DL on Sept. 1. "He's doing a great job with that. It's so valuable for a club to have a good left-handed pinch hitter, especially against a closer with the game on the line."

Huff, 35, has dealt with anxiety and knee issues this year, and hasn't been an everyday player for the Giants all season. He's certainly a liability on the base paths as well, though his veteran presence and ability to produce a decent at bat could likely make the grade for the postseason. Let us not forget, Edgar Renteria was the World Series MVP in 2010, maybe it can be Huff in 2012.

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Giants Vs. Padres Final Score: San Francisco Drops Series Finale

One day after the San Francisco Giants clinched the National League West crown, manager Bruce Bochy elected to rest a majority of his everyday regulars. Despite a late comeback attempt in the ninth inning, the San Diego Padres held on to beat San Francisco by a score of 6-4.

With the bases loaded and just one out, Buster Posey came to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. With the Giants trailing 6-3, Posey worked the count in his favor before grounding into a force out, which plated a run. Ryan Theriot came up with the game-tying run at first base, but he lined out sharply to center field to end the game.

Yusmeiro Petit made the start for the Giants and lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered two runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out only one batter. Eric Stults made the start for the Padres and worked six innings of three-run ball.

With the loss, the Giants are now 89-63 this season. Home field advantage in the playoffs is unlikely at this point, so do not be surprised if Bochy continues rolling out lineups similar to the one he employed on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for San Francisco.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Starting Lineups: San Francisco Uses B-Squad On Sunday

The San Francisco Giants are fresh off clinching the NL West title Saturday night, and manager Bruce Bochy will utilize a lineup devoid of many regular starters on Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

Gregor Blanco will lead off today, playing center field, while Ryan Theriot will be at second, batting second. Joaquin Arias will play third base and bat third in the lineup, followed by Xavier Nady batting cleanup and playing left field. Brett Pill will play first base and bat fifth, Francisco Peguero will be in right field, while Eli Whiteside will catch and bat seventh. Emmanuel Burriss will be at shortstop, batting eighth, while Yusmeiro Petit will pitch for Tim Lincecum today.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
  2. Ryan Theriot (R) 2B
  3. Joaquin Arias (R) 3B
  4. Xavier Nady (R) LF
  5. Brett Pill (R) 1B
  6. Francisco Peguero (R) RF
  7. Eli Whiteside (R) C
  8. Emmanuel Burriss (S) SS
  9. Yusmeiro Petit (R) P
San Diego Padres:
  1. Everth Cabrera (S) SS
  2. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
  3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
  4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
  5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
  6. Will Venable (L) RF
  7. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
  8. Alexi Amarista (L) LF
  9. Eric Stults (L) P
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Game Preview: Tim Lincecum Scratched After Clinching Division

After clinching the NL West title Saturday night against the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants will look to continue their winning ways with a sweep of their division rivals at AT&T Park on Sunday.

The Giants had scheduled Tim Lincecum to take the bump, but after the division-clincher on Saturday, skipper Bruce Bochy has opted to give him some rest and start Yusmeiro Petit. Petit earned a 7-7 record in 28 games for the Fresno Grizzlies this year along with a 3.46 ERA.

As for the Padres, they'll send Eric Stults (6-3, 2.69) who hadn't lost an outing since returning to the rotation on Aug. 6 until his last start. He gave up three runs in six innings of work en route to a 3-2 defeat against Arizona on Tuesday. Stults was 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his previous seven starts.

The Giants have now clinched their last three division titles against San Diego. The previous two came on Oct 3, 2010 and Sept. 17, 2003.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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[VIDEO] San Francisco Giants Players React To NL West Title

The San Francisco Giants are NL West champions, and for the second time in the last three years the Black and Orange are looking to capture a World Series ring.

There are a lot of new faces on the club since the 2010 Giants won it all, and there are a number of players getting their first taste of the playoffs as well. CSN Bay Area was in the clubhouse Saturday night as the Giants celebrated their division title, getting some interviews with some of the newer members of the team for their reaction to earning a playoff berth.

Here's Marco Scutaro doing an interview as he gets a booze bath, giving a big shout out to the fans.

And Ryan Vogelsong, talking about how much it means to make the playoffs. Remember, Vogelsong has never made the playoffs in his long baseball career.

And here's Angel Pagan and his reaction to winning the division.

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MLB Playoffs: So, What About Melky Cabrera And The Giants?

The San Francisco Giants are in the playoffs after securing another NL West title on Saturday. And they did it without the services of Melky Cabrera, who in the midst of an NL MVP-caliber season, was suspended for 50 games for performance-enhancing drugs.

Those 50 games began on Aug. 15, meaning Cabrera could come back to the active roster six games into the playoffs. But as the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami breaks down, Cabrera may not get that chance.

Yes, Cabrera might get his reinstatement on paper but his need on the team has waned. The team has figured out its identity without him and sliding him back into the lineup with the litany of questions that would accompany his return, may not be worth it for a team in a rhythm heading into the postseason.

To the Giants, Kawakami says that: "He's just gone, and he's not coming back."

A 24-9 record since Cabrera's exit is proof enough that the Giants can get it done with their current roster. And with no ability to use the minor leagues to get back into game shape, Cabrera's return would be awkward and troublesome all around.

Maybe staying where he's at is the best thing for everybody.

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Giants Win NL West Nine Days Prior To Dodgers Series

The San Francisco Giants clinched the National League West title with an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Marco Scutaro went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with a home run to lead the Giants.

But it was truly a team effort. Six Giants pitchers made an appearance, including starter Madison Bumgarner, who went 5⅔ innings and allowed five hits and three runs (two earned). He also added an RBI single to his own cause in the second inning.

The Giants were able to secure the division title nine days prior to playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final series of the season. It was dubbed the series that would decide the division, but the Giants had different ideas.

They're headed back to the playoffs.

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Padres Vs. Giants Preview: San Francisco On Verge Of Clinching NL West Crown

A day after opening the series with a 5-1 win, the San Francisco Giants have a chance on Saturday to not only win the series, but lock up the National League West. The Giants can clinch their second NL West title in three years with a win on Saturday and a loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants (88-63) have made what was once a close race into a bit of a no-contest, winning nine of their last 10 games to pull away from the Dodgers and distant Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ryan Vogelsong threw a gem on Friday night, giving up one run in six innings as he claimed his 13th win of the season, tying a career high. Buster Posey was 1-for-4 but made it count, picking up the game-winning hit in the fifth inning when he drove home Gregor Blanco. RBIs from Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval in the sixth added to the lead.

In Saturday's second game of the series, Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants in search of his 16th win of the year. San Diego will give the ball to rookie Andrew Werner who is 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA on the season.

First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT at AT&T Park.

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Giants Vs. Padres Lineups: Ryan Vogelsong, Casey Kelly Take The Mound

The San Francisco Giants are in pursuit of a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, though that's just the target and not their mission on Friday. They've yet to play the first game of their second-to-last series against San Diego this season, but their magic number for the NL West crown is down to four games. A sweep through Sunday and a single loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers would equal the division crown.

On Friday, Ryan Vogelsong will take the mound, looking to show the Giants' brass that he can be reliable. He's had it tough this season, and will need to put his best foot forward. Casey Kelly will take the mound for the Padres, who are well out of playoff contention at this point.

As far as the rest of the lineup goes, there's not much deviation from the norm here for the Giants. They're staying par the course and you can view the full lineups below. The game is set for 7:15 p.m. PT.

Giants

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Marco Scutaro 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Brandon Belt 1B
7. Gregor Blanco LF
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Padres

1. Everth Cabrera SS
2. Logan Forsythe 2B
3. Chase Headley 3B
4. Yasmani Grandal C
5. Yonder Alonso 1B
6. Jesus Guzman LF
7. Will Venable RF
8. Cameron Maybin CF
9. Casey Kelly P

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Melky Cabrera Ineligible For NL Batting Title: MLB Press Statement

Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants has been ruled ineligible to win the National League batting title. Here is part of the Major League Baseball press statement on the situation.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that for purposes of determining the individual batting, slugging or on-base percentage champion, the last sentence of Official Baseball Rule 10.22(a) shall not be applicable for the 2012 season for any player who failed to obtain 502 plate appearances if such player served a drug suspension for violating the Joint Drug Program. This agreement was reached at the request of San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 games without pay on August 15, 2012 after testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"After giving this matter the consideration it deserves, I have decided that Major League Baseball will comply with Mr. Cabrera’s request," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "I respect his gesture as a sign of his regret and his desire to move forward, and I believe that, under these circumstances, the outcome is appropriate, particularly for Mr. Cabrera’s peers who are contending for the batting crown."

"Melky Cabrera, through a written request to me, asked the for the Union’s assistance in removing him from consideration for the 2012 National League batting title," said MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner. "We complied with Melky’s wish and brought the matter to the Commissioner's Office, which agreed to suspend the rule. We commend Melky's decision under these circumstances."

Cabrera might be trying to save face in the public eye. He was suspended 50 games for his positive test and his absurd cover-up attempt when he created a fake website to try and exonerate him of any wrong-doing. Cabrera's statement indicated that he did not want to win a tainted award and that there were far more deserving candidates who deserved the nod for the batting crown.

Cabrera still held the lead for the overall batting average at .346 before his August 15th suspension. It looks as if it'll be Cabrera's teammate Buster Posey (.335) and Andrew McClutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates (.339) who will be the ones with the best shot of winning the overall batting average crown.

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Melky Cabrera Ruled Ineligible to Win NL Batting Title, According To Report

Suspended San Francisco Giants slugger Melky Cabrera has been ruled ineligible to win the National League batting tittle, according to a report from CSN Bay Area.

Sources told CSN Bay Area that Cabrera himself asked to be kept from the running after his representatives sent a letter to union officials. The Player's association made a one-time amendment to Rule 10.22(a), which permits a player to be recognized as the official winner if hitless at-bats are added to their average while staying higher than any other qualified player. Cabrera was one short of the 502 plate appearances necessary to win the batting title. Under this new one-time agreement, suspended players will be removed from consideration.

This is likely a move by Cabrera to repair the public image he damaged with his 50-game suspension and attempted cover up by making a fake website to show he took a banned substance without his knowledge.

Cabrera said in a statement that he had "no wish to win an award that would be tainted," and that he felt "it would be far better for someone more deserving to win."

The race for the NL batting title now becomes a two-man battle between Buster Posey and his .335 average and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, currently batting .339. Cabrera was hitting .346 when he got suspended on Aug. 15.

Barry Bonds was the last Giants player to win a batting title after he hit .362 back in 2004.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Ryan Vogelsong Still Looking For Answers

As they kick off their last home series of the regular season on Friday, the San Francisco Giants are just four games from wrapping up the NL West title. With a 10 game lead over the Dodgers the Giants could win the division as early as Saturday, but the San Diego Padres are hoping to play spoiler this weekend.

Ryan Vogelsong (12-9, 3.65 ERA) is looking to end his recent slide as he owns a 10.31 ERA over his last seven starts after posting an NL-best 2.27 ERA in his first 21 starts of the season. He lasted just 3.1 innings in his last outing, giving up seven runs before getting pulled. Opponents are batting .360 against him in his last four starts.

San Diego will counter with Casey Kelly (2-1, 5.85), who earned his second win in a Padres uniform in his last start after tossing six innings of two-run ball against the Rockies.

The Giants have won eight of the last 12 against San Diego, including four of six at home.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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