Giants vs. Cardinals: Aubrey Huff Launches Three Home Runs, Giants Top Cards 12-7

The reeling San Francisco Giants are looking to get back on track, but they're taking on the very strong St. Louis Cardinals. Can they regain their position in the NL West, or will St. Louis be too much? For more on the series and the team in general, check out McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's San Francisco Giants blog.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, MLB Scores: Aubrey Huff Launches Three Home Runs, Giants Top Cards 12-7

Sometimes when a few players get hot on a ball club, the rest of the team follows suit. And for the San Francisco Giants, the whole team got hot on a muggy night at Busch Stadium. Led by Aubrey Huff’s three home run night, the Giants out-homered the St. Louis Cardinals, eventually winning by a score of 12-7.

Huff’s 4-5 night also included a RBI single, while tying a career-high six RBI’s. It was Huff’s first time ever hitting 3 dingers in one game, and it was his fourth in the last two games; taking the team lead to eight on the year. Huff marks the first Giant to hit three homers in a game since J.T. Snow in August of 2004 against the Phillies.

Freddy Sanchez had been playing small ball very effectively as of late, but flashed some lumber tonight, hitting a three run jack in the seventh, his third of the year. His homer preceeded Huff’s second for back-to-back jacks for the G-Men, and finished with four RBI’s. Andres Torres accounted for the rest of the Giants offense, going 3-5 with two RBI’s.

Jonathan Sanchez (W 4-3) was erratic to start the night, but luckily the offense gift wrapped a win for him. Sanchez lasted for five and 1/3 innings this evening, allowing three runs off four hits, with six walks and only one strikeout. Jeremy Affeldt got his first save of the year for his two scoreless innings of work tonight, while Santiago Casilla pitched well in his third outing of the year thus far.

Luckily for the Cardinals Cody Rasmus’ night kept them in the game, going 2-5 with six RBI after a grand slam and a two RBI triple. Allen Craig also had an RBI double in the first, but it wasn’t enough against the Giants tonight. Rookie starter Lance Lynn (L 0-1) gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of work in his first start as a Cardinal, along with four hits and five strikeouts. The Giants took the series 3-1, only the first series loss for the Red Birds in their last 15 series.

With the win the Giants move to 31-25 on the year, and into a tie with the Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will finally head home Friday to begin a 10 game homestand, starting with a three game set with the Colorado Rockies. Matt Cain (3-4 3.88 ERA) will take the mound for the G-Men to face Juan Nicasio (1-0 0.00 ERA) for Colorado. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Starting Lineups: Righties!

No big changes from yesterday for the San Francisco Giants. And by no big changes I mean no changes at all.

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Miguel Tejada 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Cody Ross LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Jonathan Sanchez P

There's been plenty of hand-wringing over Tejada, who has not hit well out of the two-hole. His current percentages are .120/.120/.160. 

1. Ryan Theriot SS
2. John Jay RF
3. Albert Pujols 1B 
4. Allen Craig LF
5. Bengie Molina
6. Colby Rasmus CF
7. Tyler Greene 2B
8. Tony Cruz 3B
9. Lance Lynn

So many right handers to take on the leftie Sanchez. Tony Cruz moves from catcher to third base, Tyler Greene the backup second baseman comes on to make some things happen, and Lance Berkman gets pulled in favor of Allen Craig; Jay gets shifted over to Berkman's spot in right field. Craig takes Jay's position in right.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, Schedule Preview: Jonathan Sanchez Looking For Series Win in St. Louis

Thursday marks the conclusion of the San Francisco Giants’ four game set with the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the end of their seven game road trip. The G-Men hand the ball to Jonathan Sanchez in hopes of finishing strong and get the series win, while the Cards send out a pitcher for his first major league start.

Sanchez (3-3 3.38 ERA) has pitched well in his last four starts, including a seven inning no decision against the Brewers last series as he held them to only two hits and one run. His walk numbers have been down lately as well, allowing eight in his last four starts compared to the 19 he had in his four starts before that. The Sanchize is 2-0 lifetime against the Red Birds with a 2.08 ERA in four carrer appearances.

As for the Cards, they’ll send out Lance Lynn, St. Louis’ 39th overall pick in the 2008 Draft. Lynn is filling in for Kyle McClellan, who currently sits on the disabled list with a strained left hip flexor. Lynn was with the AAA Memphis Red Birds before his promotion, sporting a 5-3 record and a 4.06 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 10 starts this season.

With the amount of call-ups on the Giants roster now, I’m sure someone has faced Lynn somewhere along the line, which likely will help a Giants team in need of a huge day at the plate. Hopefully Freddy Sanchez can continue his great streak, who is now batting .298 and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games after his 3-6 night on Wednesday. Brandon Crawford also has had a nice start as a major leaguer as he is currently 6-for-18 with one home run and six RBIs in his 21 plate appearances so far.

First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, MLB Scores: Nate Schierholtz Earns Giants Extra Inning Win 6-5

Tim Lincecum has rarely had much trouble with the St. Louis Cardinals in his career thus far, and was looking to continue that tradition. But Timmy and the San Francisco Giants found themselves in a back-and-forth matchup at Busch Stadium tonight as Nate Schierholtz played hero not once but twice, leading to a dramatic 7-5 Giants win in 11 innings.

Lincecum allowed 10 hits to the Red Birds, capped by an Allen Craig pinch hit two run homer in the seventh to give St. Louis the lead, the first pinch hit homer ever given up by Lincecum in his career. The rest of the Cards’ runs came off of a pair of RBI singles and an unfortunate wild pitch by Timmy in the fourth. Lincecum still managed to ring up 9 Cards in his six and 1/3 innings of work, and finished without a walk.

The Giants knocked Jake Westbrook out of the game in the sixth, plating three runs off an RBI double from Cody Ross, an Eli Whiteside sacrifice fly, and an Andres Torres RBI double. Aubrey Huff launched his fifth homer of the season in the seventh, and the Giants tied up the game in the ninth off a Nate Schierholtz RBI single.

Then in the top of the 11th Nate Schierholtz was at it again, slapping an RBI double to right field to give the Giants the lead 6-5. Brandon Crawford followed it up with an RBI single to left to give the G-Men some extra insurance. Brian Wilson came in for the bottom of the inning, earning his 15th save of the year despite a bizarre twenty minute delay when a bank of lights went out in the stadium.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will conclude their series in St. Louis Thursday as Jonathan Sanchez (3-3 3.38 ERA) will take the mound to face Cardinals’ Lance Lynn in his first start of the season for the Red Birds. First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT tomorrow with coverage on CSN Bay Area, MLB Network, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, Starting Lineups: Stay Hot Freddy Sanchez

The San Francisco Giants’ bullpen gave one away on Tuesday to the St. Louis Cardinals, but may have a chance to redeem themselves today. That is, of course, all dependent on how starter Tim Lincecum fares, who always is a threat to throw a complete game.

The Giants have now lost four of their last five games decided by one run after winning their last 10 consecutive one run games, but baseball always seems to even itself out like that. Needless to say, the G-Men need to score some runs, and hopefully the hottest bat on the team will come through for them today.

Freddy Sanchez has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games played, sporting a .371 average over that span with six doubles and seven RBI’s. He’s also 7-17 against lefties, something that will hopefully play into the Giants hands today.

As for the lineup, Nate Schierholtz will be in right field batting fifth, Cody Ross will be in left batting sixth, while Brandon Crawford will get another start at shortstop, batting seventh.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Miguel Tejada 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Cody Ross LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Tim Lincecum P

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup:

1. Ryan Theriot SS
2. Jon Jay LF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Lance Berkman RF
5. Colby Rasmus CF
6. Yadier Molina C
7. Skip Schumaker 2B
8. Daniel Descalso 3B
9. Jake Westbrook P

First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN, CSN Bay Area, and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of your San Francisco Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, Schedule Preview: Tim Lincecum Looks to Continue His Dominance of Cardinals

After the San Francisco Giants suffered a late inning breakdown on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team will be looking for some retribution this afternoon at Busch Stadium. And luckily for the G-Men, They’ll be sending out Tim Lincecum, who is currently on a bit of a hot streak.

Lincecum (5-4 2.22 ERA) comes into St. Louis on a two game wining streak, and has some success against the Red Birds historically. The Freak is 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts lifetime against them, and in his four starts at Busch Stadium, Lincecum is 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA. The Cards offense, which has the highest on base percentage in all of base baseball at .349, hasn’t been beating the cover off the ball this series like they usually do, and could be a good time for Timmy’s turn in the rotation against them.

St. Louis will send Jake Westbrook (5-3 5.19 ERA) to the mound today, who is riding a three game win streak of his own. He shut down the Rockies potent offense in his last start, limiting them to three runs in five innings of work on only five hits. The Giants offense will need to jump on Westbrook early if they want to get a win.

First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN, CSN Bay Area, and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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San Francisco Giants Injury Update: Brandon Belt Wrist X-Rays Negative

In today's matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, rookie first baseman Brandon Belt went up to bat against Trever Miller. Miller proceeded to do what baseball pitchers tend to do from time to time--throw the ball awry and away from the strike zone. Belt proceeded to take a hit right on the left wrist and took first base, but would head to the clubhouse in the ninth when the swelling became too difficult for him to deal with. Emmanuel Burris had to come in to pinch-hit, and he proceeded to swing down

The X-rays show nothing damaging, meaning Belt should be ok, but it does become another casualty of the huge injury bug for the Giants to deal with. Are injuries really contagious? It's just your average day for the 2011 Giants.

For more on the game, check out our recap of the narrow Cardinals victory. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, MLB Scores: Cardinals Use Big Eighth Inning For Come From Behind 4-3 Victory

The San Francisco Giants looked to be in control of the game for the majority of the evening tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Red Birds weren’t going down without a fight. St. Louis used a three run eighth inning to come from behind and take the lead, eventually winning by a score of 4-3 at Busch Stadium.

The Giants got on the board first with a Ryan Vogelsong RBI groundout in the second, which the Cards matched with a John Jay RBI single in the third. Freddy Sanchez gave the G-Men back the lead with an RBI single in the fifth, and a Cody Ross RBI single in the seventh.

Then the Red Birds’ bats awoke in the eighth, plating 3 runs off of four different Giants relievers to take the lead back 4-3, and eventually finished with the win saved by Fernando Salas in the ninth, his tenth on the year.

As for tonight’s pitchers Ryan Vogelsong pitched well in his five full innings of work, allowing only one run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Javy Lopez (L 2-1) was tagged with his first loss of the year for his work in the eighth. As for the Cards, Chris Carpenter lasted for five innings as well, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Ryan Franklin (W 1-3) was credited with the win, his first of the year.

The Giants left 11 runners on base and were only 2-15 with runners in scoring position. Rookie Brandon Crawford was the only Giants with multiple hits, going 2-4 with a double.

With the loss the Giants move to 29-25 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

San Francisco will have their third game of this four game series Wednesday, with Tim Lincecum (5-4 2.22 ERA) set to face Jake Westbrook (5-3 5.19 ERA) for the Cardinals. First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN, CSN Bay Area, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, Starting Lineups: Brandon Belt Starting at First Base, Batting Fifth

San Francisco Giants rookie Brandon Belt is back in the lineup today, and is starting at first base for the first time since his call-up last week. Belt will be batting fifth behind clean-up hitter Pat Burrell who replaces Belt in left field, while Brandon Crawford will be back at shortstop batting seventh.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Miguel Tejada 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Pat Burrell LF
5. Brandon Belt 1B
6. Cody Ross RF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup:

1. Ryan Theriot SS
2. Jon Jay RF
3. Albert Pujols 3B
4. Matt Holliday LF
5. Lance Berkman 1B
6. Colby Rasmus CF
7. Yadier Molina C
8. Skip Schumaker 2B
9. Chris Carpenter P

First pitch is set for 4:09 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN, CSN Bay Area, and KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of everything Black and Orange, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Cardinals Preview: Ryan Vogelsong Would Like Some Grand Slams, Too, Please

Wouldn't it be great if Andres Torres or Brandon Crawford could hit grand slams every time out? Wouldn't it also be great if umpires developed a penchant for omniscience and never made terrible calls again? Both of these things would be pretty rad, though if the umpire in last night's game didn't blow the call that nullified what would have been seven innings of shutout ball for Madison Bumgarner, then Torres wouldn't have had to hit a grand slam. Still is nice, though.

Whether you consider it luck or something else, players like Torres will need to continue to come through in the clutch if the Giants are to sustain this level of play over the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the better teams in the league. They stand a chance to produce something not entirely unlike their game one performance in game two, though, as they'll be up against the struggling Chris Carpenter. He's 1-5 on the season with a 4.58 earned run average in eleven starts this season, and if the Giants can get him shaken like they did Kyle McClellan in game one, their outlook will be a good one.

Carpenter is on a three-game losing streak as it stands, but he did have a decent outing his last time out, pitching eight innings with three runs allowed (two earned) and six strikeouts. He has had his way with the Giants in his seven career starts though, with a 4-1 record and a 3.56 ERA. He'll have to contend with the juggernaut that is Ryan Vogelsong. Yeah, that's right: juggernaut.

Vogelsong is 3-1 in eight games (six starts), and his only loss came in his most recent outing, a 1-0 loss to the Florida Marlins in which he pitched exceedingly well. He's currently sporting a 1.77 ERA and is hoping for the same run support that Bumgarner received in game one.

Just, you know, without the bad calls from the umpire.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, MLB Scores: Andres Torres' Grand Slam Leads Giants to 7-3 Victory

The San Francisco Giants offense has been a roller coaster over the course of 2011 so far, and luckily today it was on an upswing. Andres Torres luanched his first career grand slam, Madison Bumgarner pitched great, and the Giants took out the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 7-3 at Busch Stadium.

Madison Bumgarner pitched well (W 2-6), lasting for seven full innings allowing six hits, two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts. It was his seventh straight quality start in a row, and kept one of the NL’s best offenses relatively quiet at their home ballpark.

Cody Ross started it off for the Giants with a solo shot in the second, hist fourth of the year. Then the Giants opened the flood gates with a Miguel Tejada RBI single in the third followed by a Brandon Crawford RBI single in the fourth. That set the stage for Torres’ salami, which burst the game wide open 7-2. Not to be outshined, Albert Pujols hits a homer of his own in the eighth, his ninth of the season, but it was not enough this afternoon.

With the win the Giants move to 28-24 on the season. Full box score can be found here.

Game two of the series will have a battle of veteran righties as Ryan Vogelsong (3-1 1.77 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants to face Chris Carpenter (1-5 4.58 ERA) for the Red Birds. First pitch is set for 4:09 PT with coverage on ESPN, CSN Bay Area, and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, Starting Lineups: Miguel Tejada Batting Second, Eli Whiteside Back Behind the Dish

Another day, another lineup change for the San Francisco Giants.

Skipper Bruce Bochy has decided to move Miguel Tejada up to the second spot in the lineup that usually goes to Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez will drop back to third, moving Aubrey Huff into the clean up spot. Brandon Crawford will be at shortstop again today, while Cody Ross will be back in right field, Rowand in left.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Miguel Tejada 3B
3. Freddy Sanchez 2B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross RF
6. Aaron Rowand LF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Madison Bumgarner P

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup:

1. Ryan Theriot SS
2. Allen Craig 2B
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Matt Holliday LF
5. Lance Berkman RF
6. Colby Rasmus CF
7. Yadier Molina C
8. Daniel Descalso 3B
9. Kyle McClellan P

First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT this afternoon and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action today.

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Giants vs. Cardinals, Schedule Preview: Madison Bumgarner Looks to Start Series Right Against Cardinals

After their rather bland an uninspiring trip to Milwaukee the San Francisco Giants are looking for a fresh start and happy end to their seven game road trip with the first of a four game set today against the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams have had their fair share of offensive and injury related struggles this year, yet both manage to keep a rather high level of play despite their shortcomings.

Madison Bumgarner (1-6 3.79 ERA) has been stringing together quality start after quality start but still can’t seem to get any more wins under his belt. The offense will hopefully help him out today as they face Kyle McClellan (6-1 3.11 ERA) who’s had about the exact opposite start to the year that Bummy has had.

The Giants team batting average of .240 is fourth lowest in the NL and have the fewest runs scored in the entire league at 177, but can heat up in a hurry, which they hopefully do this afternoon.

First pitch is set for 1:15 PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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MLB Standings Update: Diamondbacks Surge to Top of NL West, Giants Right Behind

The San Francisco Giants held on to the top spot in the NL West for about the past two weeks, but have lost their top stop in the division thanks to a week full of losses and a surging Arizona Diamondbacks club who have vaulted themselves atop the standings. 

The NL West seemingly went from a two to a three team race overnight with Arizona winners of their last six straight games and 14-16 the last few weeks, the D'Backs are undoubtedly one of the hottest teams in baseball. Their bullpen has been astounding, especially closer J.J. Putz who is second in MLB with 16 saves with a 0.83 WHIP is his 23 total innings pitched so far this year. Colorado continues to spin their wheels, unable to get any momentum going and remain 3.5 games back of first place, the Dodgers gained a little bit of ground at 5.5 games back, while the Padres remain 7 games back, even after winning two out of three in Washington this weekend. 

As for the Wild Card the Giants are back in the mix there as well, currently sitting 2.5 games back of the leading Florida Marlins, while the Brewers and the Braves sit slightly ahead of the G-Men in the standings as well. 

 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Arizona 29 24 .547 0 Won 6
San Francisco 28 24 .538 0.5 Lost 2
Colorado 25 27 .480 3.5 Lost 1
Los Angeles 24 30 .444 5.5 Won 1
San Diego 22 31 .415 7 Won 2

(updated 5.30.2011 at 11:33 AM PDT)



National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Florida 30 21 .588 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 30 24 .555 1.5 Won 2
Milwaukee 29 24 .547 2 Won 2
San Francisco 28 24 .538 2.5 Lost 2
Cincinnati 27 27 .500 4.5 Lost 2
Colorado 25 27 .480 5.5 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 24 27 .470 6 Lost 1
New York 24 28 .461 6.5 Won 1
Chicago 23 28 .450 7 Won 1
Los Angeles 24 30 .444 7.5 Won 1
Washington 22 30 .423 8.5 Lost 2
San Diego 22 31 .415 9 Won 2
Houston 19 34 .358 12 Lost 3

(updated 5.30.2011 at 11:33 AM PDT)



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Giants vs. Cardinals Series Preview: San Francisco Reeling, Need A Good Series

The San Francisco Giants are still not yet in panic mode, but if they don't right the ship soon, fans will commence preparations for ... well, pressing the panic button. As it stands, everybody is still reeling from losing Buster Posey for the reason after leg and ankle injuries suffered in game two against the Florida Marlins. The Giants were swept in that series 3-0, and then went on to only take one from the Milwaukee Brewers in three games on the road. They'll close out this road trip with four games against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Against the Brewers, the Giants really only had one highlight: rookie Brandon Crawford hitting a grand slam in game one to give the Giants a 5-4 win. They did go on, however, to lose games two and three, getting blanked 6-0 in the final outing.

St. Louis though, they've won five straight series since being swept by the Cincinnati Reds at the beginning of the month. They most recently beat both the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies two games to one in three-game sets, and are looking to continue this domination against the NL West when they host the Giants. San Francisco, meanwhile moved into second place within said division, and are looking to regain that position sooner rather than later. Getting Pablo Sandoval back would help, but his status is still more than a little uncertain.


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4 game series vs Cardinals @ Busch Stadium

San Francisco Giants
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Monday, May 30, 2011, 1:15 PM PDT
Busch Stadium

Madison Bumgarner vs Kyle McClellan

Sunny. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

 

Complete Coverage >

Tue 05/31 - Ryan Vogelsong vs. Chris Carpenter 4:09 PM PDT
Wed 06/01 - Tim Lincecum vs. Jake Westbrook  5:15 PM PDT
Thu 06/02 - Jonathan Sanchez vs. Jaime Garcia 5:15 PM PDT


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