PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 11: Melky Cabrera #53 of the San Francisco Giants high fives Buster Posey #28 after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 11, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Marlins: Melky Cabrera Does It All, G-Men Triumph 3-2

Melky Cabrera did his best Willie Mays impression on Sunday as the Giants finished off the Fish.

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Final Score: Melky Cabrera's Huge Day Powers 3-2 G-Men Victory

The San Francisco Giants were looking for a win on get away day against the Miami Marlins, turning to Matt Cain to get the job done this afternoon. Cain was solid once again, but it was Melky Cabrera who would dominate the fish, playing a huge part in their 3-2 victory.

Melky finished 4-4 on the day, including a first innings home run and three more singles, scored all three of the Giants runs, stole two bases, made a pair of outrageous catches in the outfield, and was simply MVP of the day for both squads. Angel Pagan plated Melky in the fourth with a sacrifice fly, which was looking to be enough for Cain early in his outing.

Cain (W 5-2) gave up a pair of RBI singles to Chris Coglahn and Jose Reyes, but keep them in check with only five hits, three walks, and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work.

Buster Posey made his presence felt with an RBI double in the sixth for the winning run, though had a great opportunity in the eighth after Pagan led off with a triple. Miami skipper Ozzie Guillen guessed correctly on a pitch out, barely tagging Pagan out at third.

Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez held it down for Cain, than Santiago Cassila got his 12th save of the year with his 1.1 innings of work as well. Ricky Nolasco (L 5-3) took the loss despite pitching well, lasting seven innings along with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Giants fly right back to San Francisco today, taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game set starting Monday.

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Giants Injury Update: Freddy Sanchez's Back No Better, Pablo Sandoval Starts BP Next Week

The road to recovery for San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez is seemingly never going to end as he suffered yet another setback, having to have another epidural shot into his nagging back this weekend. Still, there is some good news about Pablo Sandoval, who is steadily recovering from his broken hamate bone and will be ready to start batting practice next week, according to skipper Bruce Bochy.

The temporary move to third base didn't seem to be doing any good for Freddy as his back continues to flare up, though he is rapidly approaching the one year anniversary of his injury, and still has no idea when he can return.

"We're not giving up on it," Bochy said. "But it's obviously a setback. We can't tell you when he'll be back on the field."

The Giants have used a platoon of Emmanuel Burriss, Ryan Theriot ,Charlie Culberson, and Joaquin Arias at second in Freddy's absence, combining for a league worst .215 slugging percentage this season.

As for Sandoval, he is still on track to return in two weeks or so, likely forcing the skipper to make a decision as to where Joaquin Arias could move, but shortstop and second base will be in his future for sure.

"Whoever's swinging the bat better will be out there," Bochy said. "I'll say that."

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Final Score: Late Rally Falls Short, Giants Bested 5-3

The San Francisco Giants were looking to get back in the win column after the Miami Marlins took care of Tim Lincecum on Friday, though Madison Bumgarner didn't fare much better on Saturday, having some struggles with his command early to push Miami ahead. the Black and Orange fought valiantly, but in the end would come up short by the score of 5-3.

Madison gave up a Donovan Solano RBI single in the first, though looked to gain control until the third when Gregor Blanco tied the game with and RBI single after Emmanuel Burriss' first extra-base hit since June of 2011.

Bummy would struggle in the bottom of the frame when Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison plated three runs to push the Marlins ahead, than a Lo Mo RBI doulbe in the sixth would effectively knock him out of the game. He would finish with five runs to his name on seven hits along with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Melky Cabrera brought the Giants within three with an RBI groundout in the eighth, though Miami held off the G-Men until the top of the ninth, and that's when the fun began.

Ozzie Guillen decided to go with Heath Bell in the ninth, but was yanked after loading the bases with one out, getting booed hard by his home crowd walking off the mound. Angel Pagan would score on a fielder's choice to bring the Giants within two, but Randy Choate would shut it down for the save.

Bumgarner took the loss, while Mark Beuhrle earned the win for his eight innings of work, giving up two runs on right hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Have breakfast with the Giants on Sunday as they'll send out Matt Cain in the series finale to take on Ricky Nolasco for Miami. First pitch is set for 10:10 a.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Marlins Lineups: Brandon Belt Sits As Brett Pill Makes Another Start

The San Francisco Giants are just 1-4 this season against the Miami Marlins, a team that is currently playing some of their best baseball of the season. After taking the first game of the series on Thursday, the Giants dropped game two of the four-game series last night with Tim Lincecum on the mound.

Looking to clinch at least a split of the series in Miami, the G-Men will send young Madison Bumgarner to the mound on Saturday afternoon. The Marlins will send veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle to the mound, who has not received a ton of run support in 2012 in his first season with the club.

Here is the Giants lineup for Saturday afternoon's game. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT.

Gregor Blanco RF
Ryan Theriot 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Buster Posey C
Angel Pagan CF
Brett Pill 1B
Joaquin Arias 3B
Emmanuel Burriss SS
Madison Bumgarner P

The game will be televised live by CSN Bay Area and can be heard on the radio through KNBR 680.

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Giants Vs. Marlins: Miami Rocks Lincecum, Holds Of G-Men For 7-6 Win

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Josh Johnson is slowly but surely regaining his former dominant self, while Tim Lincecum has yet to find his Cy Young form.

The struggling Chris Coghlan drilled his first homer in 11 months, a three- run shot as part of a five-run sixth inning, and Giancarlo Stanton smacked his 10th homer of the month as the Miami Marlins hung on for a 7-6 win over the San Francisco Giants in the second installment of a four- game set.

Coghlan was hitting .104 prior to his first homer since last June 11.

"I don't even know what I'm hitting. I just know it's not good," Coghlan said. "You don't think about those things. Every time you step in the box you try to feel like you're hitting 1.000."

Johnson, who allowed two runs or fewer in his prior three starts, surrendered three runs on nine hits and a walk in five frames. He's lowered his ERA from 6.61 on May 4 to 4.87.

Stanton had two hits, two RBI and a pair of runs scored for Miami, which recorded its franchise-record 17th win in May.

Steve Cishek picked up his first save of the season after scuffling All- Star closer Heath Bell gave up two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning before being lifted.

Dan Jennings (1-0) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 sixth frame.

Lincecum (2-5) was charged with six runs on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. His ERA has ballooned to 6.41 on the year.

"Aside of that (sixth inning), I think I pitched fine," Lincecum said.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has surrendered four-or-more runs in seven of his 10 starts this season after allowing four-plus runs in just eight outings last year.

Big innings have been Lincecum's downfall. The Marlins' five-run sixth was the fourth time that Lincecum was tagged for four-or-more runs in a frame this season.

The Giants held a 3-1 edge after five frames before the Marlins exploded in the sixth.

Omar Infante started it with a double and scored two batters later on Stanton's single to center. Logan Morrison walked and Bryan Petersen singled to load the bases. John Buck lifted a sacrifice fly to center, plating Stanton.

Coghlan came up next and belted a three-run blast to right, chasing Lincecum out of the game and giving Miami a 6-3 advantage.

The Marlins tallied another run in the seventh inning on Hanley Ramirez's RBI single before Buster Posey's run-scoring groundout in the eighth made it a 7-4 game.

In the ninth, Cishek came on with runners on second and third and a run already in with one out after Bell struggled again. He has an 8.10 ERA on the year.

Brandon Crawford lifted a sacrifice fly to left to make it 7-6, but Cishek struck out Melky Cabrera looking to end the game.

Earlier, Joaquin Arias grounded into a double play in the second inning for the Giants' first run. Angel Pagan's RBI single in the third gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The Marlins got on the board in the fourth frame when Stanton pulverized a solo shot and became the first player to hit one into the sculpture in center, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

But the Giants countered in the fifth inning when Cabrera cracked a solo shot over the wall in right, giving San Francisco a 3-1 edge.

Game Notes

Stanton's home run in the fourth was the first longball Lincecum had allowed in 50 1/3 innings...The most homers recorded in May by a Marlins players is 12 by Dan Uggla in 2008...San Francisco was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position while Miami was 4-for-10.

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Starting Lineups: Ryan Theriot Returns, Aubrey Huff Starts At 1B

The San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins each send their respective ace to the mound Friday night, though neither have been incredibly ace-like to start their 2012 campaign. Both will tough it out at Marlins Park as the Giants look to the Miami in check.

Aside from Lincecum taking the bump for the Black and Orange, only two changes were made to Friday’s lineup as Aubrey Huff will get the start at first base, while Ryan Theriot makes his first start since returning from the DL, playing second and batting eighth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Aubrey Huff 1B
7. Joaquin Arias 3B
8. Ryan Theriot 2B
9. Tim Lincecum P

Miami Marlins:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Omar Infante 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez 3B
4. Giancarlo Stanton RF
5. Logan Morrison 1B
6. Bryan Petersen CF
7. John Buck C
8. Chris Coghlan LF
9. Josh Johnson P

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, while Fox Sports Florida, WAXY 790 and WAQI 710.

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Giants Vs. Marlins: San Francisco Turns To Tim Lincecum Against Miami's Josh Johnson

The San Francisco Giants awoke the proverbial beast against the Miami Marlins Thursday night, dropping a season high 14 runs on 15 hits en route to their first win at Marlins Park in as many games. Now they'll turn to Tim Lincecum on Friday as the Black an Orange square off with Josh Johnson and the Fish.

Lincecum (2-4 6.04) has just one quality start all season, struggling through four innings of his last outing before being yanked with four runs and three walks to his name on a whopping 90 pitches. He's still been fanning people with great consistency, averaging 10 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, but can't seem to put it all together yet. Hopefully that will change today.

Miami's Josh Johnson has also been struggling to find his former dominant self so far this year, but has been turning it around as of late after allowing two runs or fewer in his last three starts, all lasting seven innings. Nevertheless, he still owns a 4.82 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP, while his .301 BAA is the fifth-highest in the National League.

Melky Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton have simply been red-hot as of late at the plate, whit Stanton launching his ninth homer of the month last night, while the Melk Man had his 22nd multi-hit game of the year last night, his 67th in total. Both of those are the top marks in all of baseball.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay, while Fox Sports Florida, WAXY 790 and WAQI 710.

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Final Score: G-Men Offense Explodes, Top Fish 14-7

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Melky Cabrera continued his stellar play in May, racking up three hits, four RBI and three runs scored as the San Francisco Giants downed the Miami Marlins, 14-7, in the opener of a four-game set.

The switch-hitting Cabrera recorded his MLB-leading 22nd multi-hit game of the season. He's batting .421 (40-for-95) in May, which leads the majors.

Angel Pagan registered a pair of hits to go with four RBI and a run scored for the Giants, who have won six of their last eight.

Ryan Vogelsong (3-2) surrendered three runs on seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, ending his four-start streak of allowing a run or fewer.

Anibal Sanchez (2-3) had been 3-0 with two shutouts and a 0.87 ERA in his career against the Giants coming in, but allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning seven through 5 1/3 innings for Miami, which has lost two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak.

With the game tied 1-1 after five innings, the Giants surged ahead with a four-run sixth.

Gregor Blanco slapped a leadoff triple into the left-center field gap to begin the frame and after Brandon Crawford fanned, Cabrera scorched a line drive off of Sanchez's wrist. Sanchez came home with the throw as Blanco was halfway between third and home, but retreated back to third safely as he eluded Ramirez's tag with a slick head-first slide.

Buster Posey then walked to load the bases with one away and Pagan roped a double to right, which plated Blanco and Cabrera for a 3-1 Giants advantage. A wild pitch allowed Posey to cross home before Pagan scored on Brandon Belt's bloop single to center, making it a 5-1 game.

San Francisco plated three more in the seventh on Cabrera's two-run double and Pagan's RBI ground out before Miami responded with a pair of runs in the home half on Greg Dobbs' RBI single and Logan Morrison's bases-loaded walk for an 8-3 score.

The Giants added four more runs in the eighth inning on consecutive two-run doubles from Crawford and Cabrera, preceding Miami's four-run bottom half which included a two-run single from Donovan Solano and a two-run double from Giancarlo Stanton, which made it 12-7 San Francisco.

San Francisco tallied a pair in the ninth frame as Omar Infante's error allowed Nate Schierholtz to cross the plate. Brett Pill then grounded into a double play, which plated Joaquin Arias and made it 14-7.

Miami struck first in the second inning, ending Vogelsong's 11-inning scoreless streak when Stanton clubbed a long leadoff shot that landed well beyond the 427-foot marker in left-center, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

The Giants tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth frame on Pagan's RBI bloop single.

Game Notes

Sanchez's string of consecutive starts allowing 3 runs or fewer ended at 16...Time of Game: 3:54...Infante stole two bags, giving him six on the year...Miami's bullpen gave up nine runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 frames...San Francisco's relievers allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Starting Lineups: Brandon Belt Gets The Nod At 1B

The Giants have arrived at Marlins Park with a winning record on their current road trip, hoping to earn another behind Ryan Vogelsong Thursday night.

Despite being activated from the DL today, the Giants will not use Ryan Theriot at second base as Emmanuel Burriss get another start, while Brandon Belt gets the nod at first base, batting sixth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Brandon Belt 1B
7. Joaquin Arias 3B
8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Miami Marlins:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Omar Infante 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez 3B
4. Greg Dobbs LF
5. Giancarlo Stanton RF
6. Logan Morrison 1B
7. Brett Hayes C
8. Chris Coghlan CF
9. Anibal Sanchez 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, while Fox Sports Florida and MAJIC 102.7, WAQI 710 will have coverage in South Beach.

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Giants Activate Ryan Theriot From DL

The San Francisco Giants will be getting back an important piece to their infield puzzle as veteran Ryan Theriot has been activated from the 15-day disabled list after suffering some elbow problems. In a corresponding move the Giants have sent Charlie Culberson back to Triple-A Fresno.

Before hitting the DL Theriot was and likely will remain the Giants' primary second baseman with Emmanuel Burriss becoming the backup once more. Joaquin Arias will likely see some time over there in the coming weeks as well once Pablo Sandoval returns from his DL stint with a broken hamate bone.

Theriot is batting just .179/.217/.196 in 56 plate apperances this year along with two RBI, but will be another viable infield option and veteran presence in the lineup. Burriss isn't hitting much better though, owning a .202/.269/.202 line in 94 plate appearances.

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Game 1 Preview: G-Men Look To Ryan Vogelsong In Series Opener

The Miami Marlins played the part of uninvited guest earlier this month at AT&T Park, sweeping a three game set with the San Francisco Giants. Now the G-Men have headed east to take on the Fish at their brand new ballpark hoping to return the favor starting Thursday.

Ryan Vogelsong (2-2 2.27) was lights out in his last start, owning the A's for seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit while fanning five. He'll be facing Anibal Sanchez (2-2 2.32), who's last victory was against the Giants on May 3, but has taken the loss in his last two outings.

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, while Fox Sports Florida and MAJIC 102.7, WAQI 710 will have coverage in South Beach.

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Giants Vs. Marlins, Series Preview: Pitching Probables, TV Times, Radio Coverage & More

The Giants make their very first trip to Marlins Park for a four-game set to finish of their road trip.

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