Giants Vs. D-Backs: Arizona Avoids Sweep With 4-1 Victory

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Melky Cabrera, Giants Have Not Discussed Contract Extension, According To Report

Melky Cabrera has been a very present surprise for the San Francisco Giants, leading all of baseball in hits. The Giants are playing very well right now and you cannot overlook Cabrera's slash line of .373/.417/.550. After years of mediocrity with the Yankees, Braves and Royals, could this be the true Melky Cabrera?

While his production to this point has been great, his BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play; read more here) of .413 suggests Cabrera is going to regress substantially. His value is at an all-time high now and should come down in the future, and that may be why Brian Sabean is yet to present his outfielder with a legitimate contract extension.

Here is Buster Olney of ESPN with the latest on the progress towards a new deal.

Similarly, Melky Cabrera is on the verge of free agency without progress toward a long-term deal with the San Francisco Giants, sources say. Cabrera is in a great position to cash in, because he had a 201-hit season in 2011 and is on a pace for 248 hits this year. How much will it take to sign him? Well, less than two years ago, Carl Crawford got a seven-year, $142 million deal from the Boston Red Sox, and last week, Adam Jones -- more than a year removed from free agency -- got a six-year, $85.5 million deal from the Baltimore Orioles.

The thought of handing Cabrera a deal worth that kind of money has to be frightening considering his inconsistent past, but you cannot deny what he has meant to the Giants thus far. Something in the range of five years and $60 million seems reasonable, although this number could increase should Cabrera hit the free agent market.

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Giants Hoping Melky Cabrera's Torrid May Continues On

With an almost video-game like month of May for San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, the Black and Orange are hoping that he can keep his amazing start going into the summer. As for Melky, he just wants to keep working.

Cabrera tied former outfielder Randy Winn's mark with his 51st hit of the month last night, passing Hall of Famer Willie Mays mark of 49 hits the day before. Nevertheless the humbled veteran doesn't want to make it about him, it's about the team:

"It's great to hear the fans and know they're behind me," Cabrera said Tuesday after breaking Mays' record. "I'm just grateful for the opportunity."

The last player to rack up 50 hits in a single month was Carl Crawford back in 2007 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

After Wednesday's game, Cabrera now holds the NL lead in batting average at a .373 clip, as well as the league leader in triples with six. He's fourth in the NL in OBP (.417) and owns the Major League lead in hits (78) and multi-hit games (25). If he can keep up this pace, the Jonathan Sanchez trade may become one of the greatest in Giants history.

Skipper Bruce Bochy knows how good he is, relating his approach at the plate to legend Tony Gwynn:

"He's got that ability to use the whole field. He reminds me of Tony Gwynn. That's the type of hitter he is."

If he keeps working as hard as he does, Melky could do something Gwynn never did. Win an NL MVP.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs, Final Score: Arizona Avoids Sweep With 4-1 Victory

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy tossed 7 2/3 dominant innings on Wednesday as the Arizona Diamondbacks knocked off the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, to salvage the finale of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Kennedy (4-5) threw 78 of his 122 pitches for strikes and allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven to secure the victory. David Hernandez got the final out of the eighth and worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his first save of the year.

Paul Goldschmidt clubbed a solo home run and added an RBI single, while Ryan Roberts also knocked in a run for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a two-game skid.

Ryan Theriot went 2-for-4 and knocked in the only run of the night for the Giants, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Tim Lincecum (2-6) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over seven full frames. He struck out six, but issued five walks in the loss.

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Giants Reliever Sergio Romo Day-To-Day With Knee Injury

Sergio Romo is one of the most important cogs in the San Francisco Giants' bullpen, but unfortunately may be missing some time after it was released that he hasn't been available the last two games due to a sublexed patella, or an unstable knee in non-medical terminology.

Skipper Bruce bochy discussed the injury before Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks:

"He did it two games ago stretching down below, doing his normal routine," Bochy said. "So he has not been available to us for two games. He did have it checked out. An MRI confirmed the subluxed patella in the right knee."

Even though Romo is technically available to pitch on Wednesday, Bochy noted he'd like to keep him on the pine to rest up before giving the knee a test, likely making him available Friday after the off day if he is healed up and ready to go.

Romo has been outstanding again this year, owning a 2-0 record and 0.60 ERA in 14.2 IP this season, including a 20/5 K/BB ratio this year.

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Giants Vs. Diamondbacks: Tim Lincecum Eyes Series Sweep

As the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks prepare for their series finale at AT&T Park on Wednesday, both team's respective ace is trying to find their former dominance of yesteryear as Tim Lincecum battles Ian Kennedy for the Black and Orange's first series sweep this year.

Lincecum (2-5 6.41) continues to have Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde type starts, looking solid and in control for part of his outing than having one horrible inning that completely sinks his outing. He held the Marlins to one run and two hits in over the first five innings in his last start, but blew up for a five-run sixth inning and another loss on his resume.

As for Kennedy (3-5 4.65), he gave up four runs in 5.2 innings pitched against the Brewers in his last start, but will likely welcome June with open arms after posting an 0-5 record in May with a 6.00 ERA.

After slapping his 50th hit of the month last night, Melky Cabrera will go for the Giants record set by Randy Winn back in 2005, a mark of 51 hits in the month of September.

Wednesday match with be the last time these two see each other until September.

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

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Giants Vs. Diamondbacks, Final Score: Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey Lead G-Men To 3-1 Victory

The San Francisco Giants are starting to find their stride, using a well rounded attack lead by Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey to back up aother terrific Ryan Vogelsong start for a 3-1 Black and Orange victory Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Vogelsong allowed just one run in seven innings of work but got he no decision. Posey's tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning ensured Santiago Casilla would get another save chance, followed by a Joaquin Arais fielder's choice to give the Giants a two-run cushion.

Casilla would earn his 14th save after a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Clay Hensley got his second win of the season for his work in the eighth.

Melky Cabrera continued his torrid start to 2012 after finishing 3-4 on the night, earning his 50th in the eighth, scoring a run as well. That broke Willie Mays' 1958 mark for the most in the month of May in the Giants' San Francisco era.

The Giants conclude their series with Arizona on Wednesday as Ian Kennedy takes on Tim Lincecum in a battle of the aces. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs: Ryan Vogelsong Takes The Bump Looking For Series Win

The Giants take on the D-backs in a three game set at AT&T Park.

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