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Giants vs. Padres: San Francisco captures road series in San Diego

The Giants won two of three games against the Padres over the weekend, thanks to a late comeback win at Petco Park on Sunday.

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Buster won't be blocking plate in postseason

Buster Posey and the Giants don't plan on changing much as they prepare for the postseason.

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Lincecum faces Padres in rubber match

The San Francisco Giants are looking for the series win Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Padres, sending two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum to the mound in the rubber match at Petco Park.

Lincecum (10-15, 5.15 ERA) allowed seven runs while walking four in just four innings of work during a 7-2 loss to Arizona on Tuesday. He was 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA with three consecutive victories in his 12 starts before that. Lincecum is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in three outings against San Diego this year.

Bud Black and the Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (11-11, 4.13), who tossed seven scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday en route to a 2-1 win. Volquez has now gone 4-4 with a 7.27 ERA over his last nine outings.

San Francisco is expected to give a number of regular starters the day off on Sunday, including Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro. They are four games back of the Washington Nationals for the best record in the NL with four games left on the schedule.

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

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Madison Bumgarner goes for 17th against Padres

The San Francisco Giants continue their three-game series against the San Diego Padres Saturday night in Petco Park. The Giants have five games left in the season and, with the division clinched, only have an outside shot at the best record in the National League to play for. San Francisco trails the Nationals and Reds by three games.

Madison Bumgarner takes the hill for the Giants with 16-10 record and 3.26 ERA. Bumgarner boasts the 11th-best ERA in the NL, although he has seen it rise in September. Bumgarner is 2-1 with a 4.84 ERA for the month. He faced the Padres just seven days ago, going 5⅔ innings while allowing three runs in a win.

The Padres send Eric Stults to the mound. Stults is 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA on the year. He beat the Giants in his last outing, recording a quality start by going seven innings while allowing three runs on seven hits.

The game is set to begin at 5:25 PT.

Full lineups, via baseballpress.com:

Giants

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF

2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B

4. Buster Posey (R) C

5. Hunter Pence (R) RF

6. Xavier Nady (R) LF

7. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

8. Joaquin Arias (R) SS

9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Padres

1. Chris Denorfia (R) RF

2. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B

3. Chase Headley (S) 3B

4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C

5. Jesus Guzman (R) LF

6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B

7. Cameron Maybin (R) CF

8. Everth Cabrera (S) SS

9. Eric Stults (L) P

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Giants vs. Padres: Posey pursues batting title

The San Francisco Giants face the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of a three0game series on Saturday. The Giants have already captured the NL West division crown, and finish out their season looking to stay sharp and healthy heading in to the postseason.

Madison Bumgarner (16-10, 3.26 ERA) will pitch for San Francisco, taking on Eric Stults (7-3, 2.81 ERA) for San Diego. Bumgarner is 3-0 in four starts against the Padres in 2012, posting a 3.08 ERA and allowing 24 hits over 26⅓ innings.

Buster Posey is batting .334 and is currently in the lead for the National League batting title. He's just ahead of Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, batting .330. Both men are behind San Francisco's Melky Cabrera, who was disqualified from the title at his own request. Cabrera is currently serving a 50-game suspension. Posey has only four at-bats against Stults, going 2-for-4.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.

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Buster Posey unlikely to catch Tim Lincecum

It's still unknown if Tim Lincecum will be in the Giants' postseason rotation, but if he is, it will be Hector Sanchez, not Buster Posey doing the catching.

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Giants, Padres release lineups for Friday's opener

As the San Francisco Giants continue preparations for the 2012 MLB playoffs, manager Bruce Bochy has a couple of ways to handle his ball club. On one hand, the players could probably benefit from having a game or two off to rest their bodies after nearly six months of play. On the other, it's tough to just flip a switch in baseball and get back into the swing of things on any given night.

Bochy has elected to play all of his everyday regulars on Friday night as the Giants travel to San Diego to take on the Padres. Ryan Vogelsong will make the start, and he has not pitched well in recent months. In his last three starts, Vogelsong is 1-2 with a 6.91 ERA over 14 1/3 innings of work. Young southpaw Andrew Werner will make the start for San Diego.

The lineups for tonight's game have been released.

Giants:

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Xavier Nady (R) LF
7. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Ryan Vogelsong (R) P

Padres:

1. Everth Cabrera (S) SS
2. Will Venable (L) RF
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
5. Chris Denorfia (R) LF
6. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
7. John Baker (L) C
8. Andy Parrino (S) 2B
9. Andrew Werner (L) P

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Buster Posey takes lead in NL batting title race

After his 2-4 day on Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey took the lead in the race for the NL batting title from Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Posey's batting average rose to .333 after a pair of singles and a run scored in the Giants 7-3 victory, while McCutchen had an 0-4 day against the New York Mets on Thursday night, dropping his average to .331 as part of the 6-5 loss.

Both men have six games left on their schedule, with the Giants taking on the Padres in San Diego on Friday, where Posey has a .310 average (9-29) with three homers and eight RBI in his career. McCutchen and the Pirates host the Reds at PNC Park, where he is batting .338 this season (91-269) with 14 home runs and 53 RBI.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy could decide to rest Posey before the postseason as they have already clinched the division and are four games behind the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League. But if McCutchen has a few more 0-4 days, any rest could work in Posey's favor as he looks for his first batting title.

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Ryan Vogelsong gets the start against San Diego

The San Diego Padres play host to the San Francisco Giants on Friday as the Black and Orange look to close out their regular season as confident as possible.

Ryan Vogelsong (13-9, 3.58 ERA) gets the start for San Francisco, looking to get out of his recent funk. He is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Padres at AT&T Park this year, but he allowed three runs on eight hits in three innings in his last start in San Diego, taking the 7-1 loss. Vogelsong is 2-4 with a 10.31 ERA over his last 10 starts at Petco Park. He held the Padres to five runs in six innings in the 5-1 win on Friday.

San Diego will counter with rookie Andrew Werner (2-2, 4.64). This will be his second straight start against San Francisco, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings of an 8-4 loss on Saturday.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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