CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 25: Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants points upward after hitting a home run during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Reds: Angel Pagan's 9th Inning HR Lifts San Francisco To 6-5 Victory

The Giants were on the verge of a sweep until Angel Pagan's three-run homer in the ninth inning vaulted them to victory.

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Giants Vs. Reds, Final Score: Angel Pagan's 9th Inning HR Lifts San Francisco To 6-5 Victory

The San Francisco Giants entered their matchup with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon looking to avoid being swept at the Great American Ballpark for the second straight time. Despite trailing into the ninth the Giants refused to quit as Angel Pagan's three-run jack would lead San Francisco to the 6-5 win, effectively avoiding the sweep.

Ryan Vogelsong was steady but not dominant in his six innings pitched, giving up four earned runs on seven hits along with two walks and five strikeouts in just 87 pitches. He gave up two runs in the second with a Devin Mesoraco RBI sacrifice fly and a Homer Bailey RBI single, but it was Jay Bruce's two-run jack in the sixth that would eventually seal Vogelsong's fate.

Brandon Belt and Ryan Theriot got the Giants on the board in the fourth, slaping an RBI single and sacrifice fly respectfully, then Gregor Blanco's sacrifice fly got the Giants within one run in the seventh made it 4-3. That knocked Homer Bailey out of the game, finishing after 6.1 innings with seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

Guillermo Mota came in for the bottom of the seventh, immediately giving up a home run to Scott Rolen to make it 5-3, his second dinger in two days. Logan Ondrusek held the Giants in check for 1.2 innings,

Joaquin Arias walked and Ryan Theriot singled to start the rally in the ninth for the Giants, setting up Angel Pagan to play the hero, launching a three-run shot off closer Sean Marshall to give the Giants the first lead of the day 6-5.

Santiago Casilla struck out the Reds 1-2-3 hitters to finish the game, earning his second save of the season.

Pablo Sandoval extending his hit streak to 19 straight to start the season, a new Giants franchise record, while Joaquin Arias was 2-3 in his first start of the season. It was also the first win for San Francisco in Cincy since the summer on 2010.

The Giants return to AT&T Park Friday for the start of a three game set against the San Diego Padres with AAA call up Erick Hacker making his first start for the Black and Orange.

Ful box score can be found here.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Pablo Sandoval Extends Hit Streak To 19 Straight

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has picked up right where he left off in his All-Star season of 2011, extending his hit streak to start the season to 19 straight games after slapping a single in the fourth inning of Thursday's contest against the Cincinnati Reds.

Even though the Giants have already lost the series, Pablo has imply been spectacular. owning the major leagues longest hitting streak at the moment, which includes three home runs and and 13 RBI. His 24 hits is tied for fifth in the National League, while taking over as the Giants franchise leader, besting Johnny Rocker's 18 game streak back in 1945 when the Giants still played at the Polo Grounds in New York.

You can see the hit for yourself here.

Hopefully the rest of the team can get hot as well as the Black and Orange will need some offense to avoid being swept again at the Great American Ballpark.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Ryan Vogelsong Looks To Salvage Series For San Francisco

The San Francisco Giants have lost seven straight at the Great American Ballpark after their soggy 4-2 loss Tuesday night to the Cincinnati Reds, but look to avoid being swept with Ryan Vogelsong on the bump to get the job done.

Vogelsong (0-1, 3.38) is yet to earn himself a win despite two quality starts on the season, though he hasn't faired incredibly well against Cincy in his career. In seven start against them he owns a modest 2-3 record in 5.40 ERA in 13 games, six of them as a starter. Brandon Phillips certainly has his number as well, who is now 5-9 lifetime against him.

The Reds will send out Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.86), who got his first win of the season in his last time out against the Cubs. He held them to four runs, one earned in seven innings of work. He'll have to deal with containing Pablo Sandoval, who has now it safely in 18 straight to start the season.

First pitch is set for 9:35 a.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay Area, while WLW 700 will have the coverage out in Ohio.

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Giants To Call Up Eric Hacker For Friday Start Against Padres

Thanks to a double-header in New York City on Monday the San Francisco Giants were either going to have to send Tim Lincecum to the mound on short rest in April, or look elsewhere for a starter for Friday's matchup with the San Diego Padres.

Fortunately they chose the later as CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports, as the Giants plan to call up right-hander Eric Decker from AAA Fresno for his Giants debut.

The team is yet to make an official announcement, though his agent posted on his Twitter that Hacker would have his contract purchased by the Giants for the Friday start. Hacker, 29, was already set to pitch that day for Fresno so it doesn't affect his schedule, not to mention he is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts. Not too shabby.

San Francisco will likely move Brian Wilson to the 60-day DL to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

Baggarly suggests that reliever Dan Otero is a possible candidate to be optioned back to Fresno to make room for Hacker, though it is likely he will be swapped for another reliever after this start. Righty Steve Edlefsen could fit that bill as he is already on the 40-man roster.

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Giants Vs. Reds, Final Score: Bullpen Blows Barry Zito's Lead, Giants Fall 4-2

The San Francisco Giants were looking for a bounce back game after being smoked by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night, sending lefty Barry Zito to the mound in order to do so. Yet despite another superb outing from the former Cy Young winner, a horrible seventh inning from the bullpen would eventually sink the Giants by the score of 4-2.

Angel Pagan got the Giants on the board with a solo shot in the third inning, followed by and RBI single from Brandon Crawford in the fourth. They couldn't get anything else going in the night though, despite having their chances.

Barry Zito was cruising through the Reds until the seventh when Scott Rolen launched his first homer of the season, effectively knocking him out of the game. Zito gave up only five hits, two walks, and four strikeouts in 106 pitches on the night, finishing without a decision.

Clay Hensley (L 1-2) came in for Zito with one on and nobody out, eventually getting jammed into a bases loaded situation with a throwing error and intentional walk. A Wilson Valdez RBI sacrifice fly tied then game, bringing in Jeremy Affeldt, who's wild pitch gave the lead to the Reds, than a Joey Votto double pushed them ahead 4-2.

Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 18 with a single in the third inning, one of the nine hits the Giants got off of Bronson Arroyo, who also got a no decision for his five innings of work. The Giants left nine men on base tonight, and were only 1-6 with players in scoring position.

Jose Arredondo got his second save of the season for Cincy, while Sean Marshall came in to earn his fourth save in the ninth.

Full box score can be found here.

Have breakfast with the Giants tomorrow morning as Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 3.38) takes on Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.86) in the sereis finale. First pitch is set for 9:35 am PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Aubrey Huff Placed on 15-Day DL With Anxiety

According to a report from CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, the San Francisco Giants have placed Aubrey Huff on the 15-day DL with what the team is calling anxiety.

Manger Bruce Bochy adressed the media before Wednesday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds, letting everyone know the news, and that Huff is undergoing treatment and will be back with the club when the return to San Francisco for their series with the San Diego Padres.

The 35-year old Huff was hitting only .182 in 12 games he'd played, along with one home run in 33 at-bats this season.

Joaquin Arias was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to fill the vacancy on the roster, though with Brandon Belt, Brett Pill and Buster Posey able to spilt time at first base, the Giants don't necessarily need him back anytime soon, but as a fan favorite and member of the 2010 World Series squad, you have to feel bad for the guy and can only wish him the very best and a speedy recovery.

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Giants Vs. Reds, Starting Lineups: Buster Posey Back At First Base

The San Francisco Giants looked like a field full of zombies Tuesday night, getting little rest from their trip to New York before having to turn around and face the Cincinnati Reds just hours later.

Now they've got a full nights rest, and the shellacking they received last game has subsided, they will come out hungry for a victory in today's game with a lineup filled with heavy lumber.

Buster Posey will get another start at first base as Hector Sanchez will be behind the dish once more to catch Barry Ztio, while nasty Nate Schierholtz hopes to continue raking in the sixth spot tonight, starting in right field. Brandon Crawford apparently hyper-extended his elbow on a scary play toward the end of last nights game after falling awkwardly on it trying to avoid a sliding Jay Bruce into second base. He's good to go today though, batting eighth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Melky Cabrera LF
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Buster Posey 1B
  5. Hector Sanchez C
  6. Nate Schierholtz RF
  7. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
  8. Brandon Crawford SS
  9. Barry Zito P

Cincinnati Reds:

  1. Drew Stubbs CF
  2. Wilson Valdez SS
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips 2B
  5. Jay Bruce RF
  6. Scott Rolen 3B
  7. Ryan Ludwick LF
  8. Ryan Hanigan C
  9. Bronson Arroyo P

First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay Area, while can be seen on Fox Sports Ohio and heard on WLW 700 AM.

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Giants Purchase Joaquin Arias Contract To Replace Aubrey Huff, According To Report

According to a report from San Francisco Chronicles' Hank Schulman, the San Francisco Giants will purchase the contract of triple-A infielder Joaquin Arias to replace Aubrey Huff on the active roster.

In a little more than an hour, the Giants will announce they have purchased the contract of infielder Joaquin Arias from Triple-A Fresno. A corresponding move will be announced later in the afternoon related to Aubrey Huff, who left the team Monday morning and flew home for what has been described as a family emergency.

The Giants could place Huff on the seven-day personal leave list. If this is something more serious involving Huff himself, he could go on the 15-day DL.

Arias, the former Texas Rangers infielder, was very impressive with the glove and right-handed bat this spring, owning a solid arm as well. We'll have more on this as information becomes available.

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Giants Vs. Reds: Barry Zito, Bronson Arroyo Tussle In Game Two

The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds will send out a pair of veteran pitchers on Tuesday at the Great American Ballpark, each trying to complete their own personal renaissance in 2012 after elongated struggles the past few seasons.

Left-hander Barry Zito (1-0, 1.71) has been off to his best start in a while after the importable shutout in Colorado, while allowing just two earned runs in each of his last two outings, including giving up 4 hits in five innings against the Mets his last time out. Zito is 3-4 with a 7.47 ERA lifetime against Cincinnati.

35-year old Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 2.91) takes the Bump for Cincy, winners of four of their last five, trying to make up for his atrocious 2011. He sported a 9-12 record and 5.07 ERA last year, while giving up 112 earned runs and 46 home runs than most of any pitcher in the league.

Offensively the Giants struggled on Monday, though Buster Posey has gone yard in back-to-back contests, while Pablo Sandoval looks to lengthen his record-breaking hit streak to 18 straight games.

First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in and around the Bay Area, while Fox Sports Ohio and WLW 700 AM will have the coverage in the East.

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Why The San Francisco Giants Don't Need Aubrey Huff

Aubrey Huff has been a far cry from his 2010 self, and I'm starting to wonder if he can ever get back.

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Giants Vs. Reds, Final Score: Brandon Phillips & Co. Dominate, Earn 9-2 Victory

The San Francisco Giants came to the Great American Ballpark off a double-header in New York, and an old NL West nemesis waiting from them in the Cincinnati Reds' Mat Latos. Despite another strong outing from Matt Cain, it would ultimately be Latos and the Reds coming out on top, pounding the Giants late in the game for the eventual 9-2victory.

The difference maker early in the evening came off the bat off Brandon Phillips in the first, launching his second homer of the season to give the Reds an early 2-0 advantage. That also ended Matt Cain's 18-inning scoreless streak he had been working on after his two previous starts.

Cain (L 1-1) lumbered through that 38 pitch first inning to shut down Cincinnati until the seventh, when Ryan Ludwick launched a solo shot to push the Reds ahead 3-0. Cain would depart after 6.1 innings with five hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts on 116 pitches on the night.

Rookie Dan Otero came in in relief, beaning Joey Votto in the leg to load the bases with two outs. Brandon Phillips drew a four pitch walk to make it 4-0, Jay Bruce broke it open with a two run double to make it 6-0, and it only got worse from there.

Scott Rolen backed it up with another two run double to make it 8-0, though skipper Bruce Bochy left the youngster out there for the bottom of the eighth to save his bullpen for later in the series. It would be 9-0 when Otero was all said and done, getting tagged for six runs on six hits 1.2 innings pitched.

The Giants offense couldn't get anything going against Latos (W 1-2), keeping the Giants scoreless on four hits in seven innings work, though Buster Posey launched his third homer of the season off Sam Lecure in the eighth to make it 9-2, only a few pitches after Lecure tried to hit Posey in retaliation of Otero hitting Votto.

Pablo Sandoval would score on Posey's jack after earning his 17 game hit streak to start the season with his last at bat, slapping a single to break the long standing record set by Willie Mays back in 1960.

Full box score can be found here.

The series continues on Wednesday as Barry Zito (1-0, 1.71) takes on righty Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 2.91), scheduled for another 4:10 p.m. PT start.

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Giants 1B Aubrey Huff Absent Due To Personal Reasons

The San Francisco Giants might have to do without Aubrey Huff for awhile. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that a personal matter might keep them out of action.

Aubrey Huff did not rejoin his Giants teammates and will not be available to play Tuesday's series opener at Great American Ball Park as he continues to tend to a personal matter, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Huff's equipment bag sat undisturbed in his locker as his teammates took the field to stretch.

"I don't have any other news to give you," said Bochy, who left a voice message for Huff on Tuesday and also exchanged texts. "It's been four or five days now (playing shorthanded), but we're fine. We have coverage everywhere, we think."

Huff has struggled to start out the season. The infielder is currently hitting .182 to start 2012, with an OBP of .300 and OPS of .633, and at 35 years old might be reaching a downswing in his career. Brandon Belt has been starting for the most part at first base since then, and he's been hitting .231 with an OBP of .333 and OPS of .679. So there's a bit of an upgrade at that spot even with Huff out, although the Giants would sure love depth at the position.

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Giants Vs. Reds Starting Lineups: Nate Schierholtz, Brandon Belt Get Another Start

The San Francisco Giants arrived in the wee small hours of Tuesday morning to Cincinnati, getting what shut eye they could before taking on the Reds Tuesday afternoon.

Nate Schierholtz will get another start after going 6-10 with two triples and and a three-run homer in the double-header on Monday, while Brnadon Belt will get the start at first as Aubrey Huff deals with a family issue.

First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Nate Schierholtz RF
6. Brandon Belt 1B
7. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Matt Cain P

Cincinnati Reds:

1. Zack Cozart SS
2. Drew Stubbs CF
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Scott Rolen 3B
7. Ryan Ludwick LF
8. Ryan Hanigan C
9. Mat Latos P

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Giants Vs. Reds Series Preview: G-Men Look To Redeem Themselves In Cincinnati

The last time the San Francisco Giants were in Cincinnati, things did not end well. The Giants will look to keep their hot bats going on Tuesday, as they kick off a three-game series against the Reds.

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