Aug 2, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) congratulates left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) after he scored in the fourth inning against the New York Mets at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Vs. Mets: Barry Zito, G-Men Pounded In 9-1 Loss

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Giants Vs. Mets, Final Score: San Francisco Clobbered In Series Finale 9-1

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The New York Mets' speciality this season has been their production with two outs. They added to those totals in Thursday's series finale at AT&T Park, a 9-1 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants.

New York scored eight two-out runs, half of which came in the first inning, giving them 215 for the season. The Mets entered play leading the majors in that category.

The beneficiary of the two-out prowess was Chris Young (3-5). The towering New York right-hander, who concluded July at 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts, gave up one run on four hits in seven innings.

Ronny Cedeno collected three hits and tied a career-high with five RBI for New York, which took three of four from San Francisco.

Melky Cabrera finished a home run shy of the cycle while recording three of the Giants' four hits. Barry Zito (8-8) allowed seven runs on six hits and walked three in 4 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.

San Francisco has dropped seven of eight, all at home. Despite their recent slide, the Giants still own a half-game lead over second-place Los Angeles in the NL West standings. Arizona, though, is lurking two games back.

The visitors posted a four-spot in the opening frame, loading the bases on consecutive two-out walks and a hit by pitch. Jason Bay singled home a pair and New York plated two more when Cabrera failed to glove Cedeno's fly ball in left. Cedeno was credited with a double on the play.

David Wright singled home Andres Torres, who had hit a two-out double, in the second to make it 5-0.

San Francisco got on the board in the fourth when Cabrera led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by newcomer Hunter Pence.

The Mets extended their lead with two runs in the fifth. Torres drew a leadoff walk and came around to score after Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy hit back- to-back one-out singles.

Shane Loux, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the contest, relieved Zito and surrendered a two-out, RBI single to Cedeno.

The New York second baseman added another two-run double in the seventh.

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The Giants wrapped up a 3-7 homestand...Loux missed 27 games with a neck strain...San Francisco also activated catcher Hector Sanchez from the 15-day DL. Sanchez, who went 0-for-4 on Thursday, had been sidelined with a left knee sprain since mid-July.

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Emmanuel Burriss Clears Waivers, Outrighted To Triple-A Fresno

The San Francisco Giants have hung on to one of their longer-tenured players after infielder Emmanuel Burriss cleared waivers Thursday and has been outrighted back to Triple-A Fresno, according to report.

Burriss was designated for assignment on Sunday after the Black and Orange picked up Marco Scutaro from the Rockies, and apparently wasn't a commodity worth grabbing by another MLB club, so back to the farm Burriss goes.

The 27-year old out of Kent State saw time in 52 games for the Giants this year, owning a meager .214/.273/.221 batting line in 144 plate appearances. A career .243 hitter and solid utility infielder and base runner, Burriss will provide some insurance down in Fresno, and could be a likely candidate to be brought back once the rosters expand on September first.

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Giants Injury Update: Hector Sanchez, Shane Loux Reinstated, Eli Whiteside, Justin Christian Back To Fresno

According to a report from CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, the San Francisco Giants made a pair of roster moves after their Wednesday night loss to the New York Mets as catcher Hector Sanchez and relief pitcher Shane Loux have been reinstated with the Black and Orange, while Eli Whiteside and Justin Christian have been optioned back to Triple-A Fresno.

Sanchez had been rehabbing a left knee sprain down on the farm, and is finally ready to get back in the squat with Barry Zito on Thursday. As for Loux, he has been on the DL since the end of June with a strained neck, though has been pain-free for a few weeks now.

Both will be a welcome sight as the Giants bullpen has been getting worked hard as of late, and could use another righty in their stash, while Zito has seemed more comfortable with Sanchez behind the plate than anyone else the Giants have.

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Giants Vs. Mets: Barry Zito Looks To Salvage Series

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants reverted back to their losing ways in last night's loss to the New York Mets, but can still escape with a series split this afternoon in the finale of a four-game set at AT&T Park.

The Giants ended a five-game losing streak by evening this series on Tuesday, but dropped a 2-1 decision last night. Matt Cain was saddled with the loss and gave up two runs early in the game, lasting five innings to fall to 10-4 on the year.

"It's a tough one to lose because we dodged bullets all night," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't do much with the bats or created a lot of chances either."

Buster Posey's home run in the sixth inning was all the offense San Francisco could produce. The club still owns a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West standings. Hunter Pence, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Giants debut.

San Francisco will kick off a seven-game road trip this weekend against Colorado and St. Louis, and is slated to send Barry Zito to the mound today. Zito had won three of his past four decisions until the Dodgers landed on the schedule Saturday in a 10-0 loss. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 frames of a 10-0 setback, falling to 8-7 in 20 starts and raising his ERA to 3.89.

Zito, a left-hander and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland, did not factor in the outcome of a 4-3 win at New York on April 20, when he tossed five innings of two-run ball. Zito, who sports a 4-4 mark in 10 home starts this season, is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.

The Mets have won three of four games since losing 14 of its previous 16 games, and haven't won a series since taking two of three matchups with Philadelphia July 3-5.

Josh Thole scored on a fielder's choice in the second inning to give the Mets the lead for good and Ruben Tejada homered in the first inning. Tejada and David Wright both had three hits for the Mets, who received seven innings of one-run ball from Jon Niese.

"He threw all his pitches for strikes. I thought his changeup was good tonight. After the first inning he was outstanding," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Niese, who halted a four-start winless streak.

Meanwhile, Tejada had gone more than 600 at-bats since his only other career homer, which came Sept. 5, 2010 at Wrigley Field. Wright was not in the starting lineup against Tim Lincecum on Tuesday and made the right choice to face Cain. The All-Star third baseman is batting .333 with 16 homers, 71 RBI and a .424 on-base percentage. He is only 4-for-15 (.267) with three strikeouts and five walks against Zito.

Chris Young will try to get off the schneid when he takes the mound for the Mets this afternoon and is 0-4 with a 6.00 earned run average in his previous five starts. Young lasted only four innings in a 6-3 loss at Arizona on Saturday and allowed six runs and seven hits to fall to 2-5 in 10 starts with a 4.58 earned run average.

Young had allowed just two runs in each of his past two outings before the Diamondbacks sent him packing early. The right-hander has given up a home run in five straight starts (6 total) and is 2-3 in six road assignments this season. Young, a former Padre, will make his 12th career start against the Giants and is 3-4 with a 3.03 ERA through the first 11.

San Francisco is 4-3 against the Mets this season and won four of six matchups between the teams a year ago. New York hasn't won a series against the Giants since taking five of eight encounters back in 2009.

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Giants Vs. Mets, Final Score: G-Men Fall 2-1 In Hunter Pence's Debut

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The Mets started the game with a homer from Ruben Tejada, and even after coming up empty after loading the bases in their final three innings, were able to squeeze past San Francisco, 2-1, at AT&T Park.

The Mets had 19 base runners, coming on nine hits, nine walks and a hit batsman, but gave the Giants every opportunity to win Wednesday night. New York went 1-for-13 with men in scoring position and left 13 runners on base, but managed to take their second victory in this four-game series.

Jonathon Niese (8-5) gave up three hits, including a sixth-inning homer to Buster Posey, as the Mets posted just their fifth win in 19 games since the All-Star break. Niese lasted seven innings.

"He threw all his pitches for strikes. I thought his changeup was good tonight. After the first inning he was outstanding," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Tejada and David Wright each had three hits for the Mets.

Hunter Pence, a day after being traded from the Phillies, started in right field for the Giants but went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his new team debut.

Matt Cain (10-4) had control problems early and lasted five innings in suffering his second loss in his last 16 starts.

The Giants, losers in six of their last seven contests, remained a game ahead of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

"It's a tough one to lose because we dodged bullets all night," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't do much with the bats or created a lot of chances either."

Tejada hit the second pitch of the game over the wall in left. Tejada had gone more than 600 at-bats since his only other career homer, which came Sept. 5, 2010 at Wrigley Field.

Cain threw 30 pitches in the first inning and struggled again in the second, loading the bases with one out after consecutive singles by Josh Thole, Niese and Tejada. Jordany Valdespin grounded a ball to third base for a force play, resulting in New York's second run, and Wright fanned to end the inning.

Gregor Blanco saved a run in the top of the fourth. With Tejada on second base and two outs, Valdespin sent a fly ball to left-center field. Blanco extended his body to make a great diving catch.

Posey homered to left with two outs in the sixth.

The Mets had great chances to pad their lead in the seventh, eighth and ninth after loading the bases, but came up empty each time.

In the seventh, Javier Lopez entered from the bullpen to replace George Kontos and got Ike Davis to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the eighth, the Mets essentially ran themselves out of a possible chance to add to their edge. Clay Hensley walked three batters in the inning and also pegged Mike Baxter with a pitch, but Jason Bay's base-running gaffe and a sparkling defensive play by second baseman Ryan Theriot helped the Giants escape.

Daniel Murphy and Bay walked before Baxter was hit by a pitch to fill the bases with nobody out. Thole then hit a ball to first baseman Brett Pill, who threw home for the force out. Posey's throw to first deflected off the left shoulder of Thole, and Thole was ruled out of the baseline and the Mets ended up having runners at first and second with two outs.

"That's a bad rule. Surely you have to come inside that line or you're going to break your leg," Collins said.

New York pulled off a double steal before pinch-hitter Justin Tuner walked to load the bases again. Brad Penny spelled Hensley and Tejada hit a sharp grounder to Theriot, who made a sparkling diving stop and threw to first to keep it a 2-1 game.

Wright singled, Davis grounded a double over third base and Murphy was intentionally walked, all with one out in the ninth to load the bases against Penny. Bay then hit a sharp liner back to Penny, who made the belt-high grab and threw to first for the double play.

Emotional as Penny was after making the double play, the Giants weren't able to turn the defensive momentum into offense in their final at-bat.

Bobby Parnell retired the side in order in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

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The Giants placed infielder Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain...Niese snapped a four-start winless skid...Cain has allowed eight homers over his last six starts and has given up 16 overall this year after yielding just nine total last season.

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Giants Injury Update: Hector Sanchez, Angel Pagan Could Return Thursday

As the San Francisco Giants and their fanbase await the debut of Hunter Pence in a Giants uniform, skipper Bruce Bochy had a few pregame tidbits about some injured Giants.

Catcher Hector Sanchez is expected to return to San Francisco to be with the team on Thursday, who's been nursing a left knee sprain but after some rehab in the minors is ready to go again. According to the Bay Area Sports Guy, Sanchez could catch Barry Zito in Thursday's day game against the Mets, and a roster move will be made to make room for him.

The other injured Giants who could return tomorrow is Angel Pagan, who got a few days off after punching something hard out of frustration. He took some swings in the cage today, is available off the bench and likely will be back in the starting lineup for the series finale with New York.

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Giants Vs. Mets: Matt Cain Takes The Bump, Hunter Pence Makes Debut

(Sports Network) - In order to stay afloat in the National League West standings, the division-leading San Francisco Giants hope the addition of Hunter Pence will provide a lift in their march to the postseason.

Pence could make his debut this evening in the third portion of a four-game series versus the New York Mets at AT&T Park and was acquired before Tuesday's trade deadline from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a trio of players. The Giants parted ways with right fielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin.

"Walking into the stadium was amazing," Pence said. "There were still fans out there welcoming me. The fans are pumped, and that gets you really excited when you get here. I've been on a plane all day traveling, and it's refreshing."

Pence's numbers are down in 2012 after putting up career statistics in 2011. In 101 games this season, Pence is batting .271 with a .336 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage; this comes after a 2011 split between Houston and Philadelphia in which he batted .314 with a .370 OBP and .502 SLG.

The Giants are one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead and their division rivals also tapped into the Philadelphia roster on Tuesday, plucking center fielder Shane Victorino. The Giants ended a five-game losing streak with last night's 4-1 win behind Tim Lincecum's seven strong innings. Lincecum is having a down year, but didn't show it in allowing one run and six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Jeremy Affeldt went the last two innings for his second save.

"I thought he had all his pitches going. He was under control too," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. "Great poise out there. It's hard to throw a better pitch than to get him what he did in that at-bat. He pitched like the Timmy we know."

Marco Scutaro provided two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Ryan Theriot crossed the plate twice for San Francisco, which is 3-5 on a 10-game homestand.

Matt Cain hopes to follow Lincecum's effort on the mound when he gets the call Wednesday and the Giants had won nine straight from May 12-June 18 with the right-hander on the hill. However, Cain is only 1-1 with a 3.89 earned run average in his last six starts with San Francisco going 2-4 in that time. He has posted back-to-back no-decisions and allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 5-3 loss versus L.A. on Friday.

Cain, who is 5-2 in 10 home starts, will make his 10th career start against the Mets tonight and is 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA in this series.

The Mets were quiet at the trade deadline and fell back into the loss column following Tuesday's defeat. Matt Harvey pitched well in the loss, as he allowed three runs -- two earned -- and four hits in six innings.

"He didn't have the command that he did the first time out. I thought he pitched very well and kept us in the ball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Justin Turner drove in New York's lone run of the game and added two hits. Scott Hairston was rumored to be on the trading block, but remained with the team, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.

"We were not going to move players simply to move them," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the team's website. "We were not looking for some small, incremental improvement in the overall player development situation. If we were going to get a quality player, then we would strongly consider doing something as a 'seller.' But absent a strong effort by another club, we weren't going to simply make a move just to make a move."

Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright was not in the starting lineup and will be back Wednesday. Wright is batting .329 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI this season and has an on-base percentage of .420.

New York, which lost for the 15th time in 19 tries and is 9 1/2 games off the Wild Card, will continue its 11-game road trip (3-3) with Jonathon Niese on the hill tonight. Niese is 0-2 with a 5.67 earned run average in his last four starts -- all Mets losses -- and was beat up for eight runs, six of which were earned, and nine hits in six innings of Friday's 11-5 setback at Arizona.

Niese fell to 7-5 in 20 starts to go along with a 3.86 ERA and will face San Francisco for the second time this season. In a 4-3 loss on April 20, Niese did not receive a decision and yielded three runs in six innings. In three career games (2 starts) against the Giants, the left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA.

San Francisco is 4-2 against the Mets this season and won four of six matchups between the teams a year ago. New York hasn't won a series against the Giants since taking five of eight encounters back in 2009.

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[VIDEO] Hunter Pence Receives Warm Welcome From San Francisco Fans

San Francisco Giants newly acquired outfielder Hunter Pence arrived at AT&T Park after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the New York Mets, receiving a very warm welcome from the fans, players, and coaches alike as he turns the page to a new chapter of his baseball career by the Bay.

CSN Bay Area got some video of his arrival at the park last night as Pence showed up in a town car, walked around the grounds a bit, and checked out his new locker:

Pence flew in from Washington D.C. where his former Phillies were taking on the Nationals. Even after a long cross-country flight Pence was kind enough to speak with reporters in his new clubhouse, noting how much he enjoyed playing at AT&T Park, and the passion the fans have for their team. "It's nice to get a chance to play playoff baseball again,' said Pence.

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Giants Vs. Mets, Final Score: Tim Lincecum Leads The Way To 4-1 Victory

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Tim Lincecum threw seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants snapped a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Lincecum (5-11) gave up six hits and a run while striking out seven, including freezing pinch-hitter David Wright on a pitch to end the top of the seventh. The Mets left the bases full and the Giants tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on Marco Scutaro's RBI single.

The Giants, who moved a game ahead of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, made a significant trade prior to Tuesday afternoon's non-waiver dealing deadline. They acquired outfielder Hunter Pence from the Phillies.

Heading to the Phillies were outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph, who played for the United States in this year's Futures Game, and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin. The Giants also got cash in the deal.

Pence arrived to AT&T Park just after the game ended and signed a few autographs before meeting his new teammates.

Justin Turner doubled in Scott Hairston in the second inning, but the Mets couldn't give Matt Harvey (1-1) enough run support in his second career start. Harvey gave up four hits and fanned seven over six innings.

"He didn't have the command that he did the first time out. I thought he pitched very well and kept us in the ball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The Giants loaded the bases in the second and the Mets should have had an inning-ending double play on a ball hit by Brandon Crawford, but Ruben Tejada threw high and wide of first base, allowing Brandon Belt to score.

Ryan Theriot scored on Scutaro's double-play grounder in the sixth before Lincecum escaped trouble the following inning when Wright froze on a 78 mph curveball.

"I thought he had all his pitches going. He was under control too," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Great poise out there. It's hard to throw a better pitch than to get him what he did in that at-bat. He pitched like the Timmy we know."

Scutaro's base hit to center plated Theriot in the eighth.

Jeremy Affeldt had three strikeouts over the final two innings to get his second save of the year.

Game Notes

In addition to acquiring Pence, the Giants also recalled infielder Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno...The Giants have won 12 of the last 17 games against the Mets...New York is 4-14 since the All-Star break.

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Aubrey Huff Injury: Giants 1B Officially Placed on DL, Brett Pill Called Up

San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff has had a year to forget with the Black and Orange, and it will only get worse as it was reported on Tuesday that the 35-year old first baseman will be once again placed on the DL after re-injuring his knee against the New York Mets on Monday night.

In a corresponding roster move the Giants have re-called Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno to take his place on the team, and will be ready to suit up this evening against the New York Mets.

Huff has played in just 34 games this season for San Francisco, making his third stint on the disabled list this year. Huff went on the shelf back in April with anxiety issues, than again on June 13 after injuring his knee while trying to hop the fence of the dugout after Matt Cain's perfect game. He spent over a month trying to come back from the initial injury, and saw time in just one game before re-injuring himself while running out a ground ball in the sixth inning Monday night.

The Giants will still be short-handed this evening as Hunter Pence isn't scheduled to arrive in San Francisco until after Tuesday nights game has already started. He will wear No. 2 for the Black and Orange, last worn by Emmanuel Burriss, who was designated for assignment on Sunday.

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Giants Vs. Mets: Hunter Pence Unlikely For Tuesday's Game, Aubrey Huff Likely To DL

The San Francisco Giants have had themselves a busy Tuesday, and had a number of notes before their meeting with the New York Mets at AT&T Park later this evening.

GM Brian Sabean held a conference call to discuss the Hunter Pence trade, noting that the slugging outfielder is traveling to San Francisco today but will unlikely be ready to suit up for the Black and Orange this evening. Sabean would also note that the status of Pablo Sandoval's health and the big moves made by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the deadline added some urgency to the Pence deal, as they didn't want to get 'outdistanced' by the Boys in Blue in the NL West.

As for Aubrey Huff, who re-injured his already ailing knee while running out a ground ball in Monday night's game will likely be placed back on the disabled list, leaving the Giants a bit short-handed for Tuesday's matchup. Another tough break for Huff to an already frustrating 2012 campiagn for him.

Angel Pagan, who injured himself while punching an inanimate object out of frustration last night, is hopeful to play tonight.

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Hunter Pence Trade: Why The Giants Made The Right Move

Is Hunter Pence here to save the Giants? No, but the Black and Orange certainly made improvements at the trade deadline.

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Hunter Pence Trade: Giants Send Nate Schierholtz, Two Prospects To Phillies

According to tweets from both ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, the deal for Philadelphia Phillies OF Hunter Pence will be for OF Nate Schierholtz, Double-A catcher Tommy Joseph and Single-A RHP Seth Rosin.

Pence, a two-time All-Star, will provide a much needed boost to the Giants lineup as they continue to try and fight off the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Pence is currently hitting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI for the Phillies.

Schierholtz is hitting .257 with five home runs and 17 RBI this season and is a career .270 hitter.

Joseph was drafted in the second round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joseph has played for Double-A Richmond this season as he's moved up in the organization each year since he was drafted.

Rosin was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Minnesota. He isn't seen as a top level prospect within the Giants organization.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Acquire Phillies OF Hunter Pence, According To Reports

According to tweets from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to acquire Philadelphia Phillies' rightfielder Hunter Pence.

The deal for the 29-year-old looks to be in response to the Los Angeles Dodgers recently adding another bat to their lineup by acquiring Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins. Pence isn't Ramirez, but he will definitely add some pop to the Giants' lineup.

Pence is currently hitting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI for the Phillies and is a career .290 hitter.

The Giants and Phillies overcame previously reported issues with payroll and prospects to get the deal done. It looked for a little while like Pence might have had to stay put on the East Coast.

The Dodgers and Giants are in a virtual tie atop the NL West as the Giants sit at 55-47 and the Dodgers are 56-48. The Giants are reeling at the moment as they are suffering through a five-game losing streak.

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Giants Vs. Mets: Tim Lincecum Out To Stop The Bleeding

(Sports Network) - If the San Francisco Giants want to end their losing streak, Tim Lincecum may not be the perfect option to send to the mound.

Either way, Lincecum gets the nod Tuesday for the Giants in the continuation of a four-game series versus the New York Mets at AT&T Park.

Lincecum is having a down year as evidenced by his 4-11 record and 5.88 earned run average in 21 starts. He has lost three of his past five outings, including Wednesday's 6-3 setback to San Diego in which he allowed five runs and seven hits, including two homers, in 4 2/3 innings.

"Hopefully this isn't a step backward," Lincecum said afterward.

The right-hander and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner defeated the Mets back on April 23 this season at Citi Field with five innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory. Lincecum, who is only 2-5 in 10 home starts in 2012, improved to 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in eight career starts against New York.

San Francisco suffered its fifth straight loss in last night's 8-7 setback in 10 innings, as Scott Hairston homered off Giants closer Santiago Casilla and Jason Bay later scored on Rob Johnson's fielder's choice bunt. Casilla was saddled with the loss and starter Madison Bumgarner struck out nine batters and allowed two runs in six innings.

Nate Schierholtz singled in a run in the bottom of the 10th and ended with three hits and two RBI. Marco Scutaro, Ryan Theriot, Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey all finished with two hits and an RBI for the Giants, who are only a percentage point ahead of Los Angeles and 3 1/2 games in front of Arizona for the NL West lead.

The Giants are 2-5 so far on a 10-game homestand.

Meanwhile, the Mets managed to win for the fourth time in 18 games last night and got big plays from Hairston and Johnson. Hairston homered twice and scored three times, while Ronny Cedeno and Johnson both drove in two runs. Bay crossed the plate three times for the Mets, who are 3-2 on an 11-game road trip. Hairston could be on the trading block with the deadline approaching.

"I'm really hoping he's in our uniform and I have no reason to think he won't be," manager Terry Collins told the Mets' website. "I know that if he's moved, it's for a piece that's going to genuinely help us, make us get better. And I hope he's still here."

Jeremy Hefner started for New York on Monday and did not receive a decision, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 frames. Josh Edgin picked up the win by getting the final two outs in the ninth inning and Manny Acosta tossed the 10th for his first save.

"Manny Acosta, two years in a row, has been an outstanding pitcher in the second half of the season. We need him now," Collins said.

The Mets will give Matt Harvey his second career start tonight and hope his appearance goes as smoothly as his debut. Harvey struck out 11 batters and walked three over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 win at Arizona on Thursday.

Harvey, a right-hander, will have to outduel Lincecum to stay unbeaten.

"He's won two Cy Young awards," Harvey said of Lincecum on the team's website. "Watching a guy like that and getting to face him is awesome. It's kind of surreal, but at the same time, it's what I'm here for. I'm here to compete against those kinds of guys."

San Francisco is 3-2 against the Mets this season and won four of six matchups between the teams a year ago. New York hasn't won a series against the Giants since taking five of eight encounters back in 2009.

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Giants Vs. Mets: Aubrey Huff, Angel Pagan Go Down With Injury

After a disappointing 8-7 loss in extra innings to the New York Mets on Monday, the San Francisco Giants had some proverbial salt poured in their wounds as Aubrey Huff and Angel Pagan both went down with injury during the game.

Huff may be on his way back to the DL, CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports, after a very short stint back in the majors after hurting his already ailing knee while running to first on a double-play grounder. Huff, who was pinch hitting for Madison Bumgarner, was removed right after.

"I'll have more for you tomorrow," Bochy said. "That's a concern. He wasn't getting down the line good. He hurt his knee again. We'll see what we're going to do there."

Huff originally injured his knee when he fell while trying to jump over the dugout rail to celebrate Cain's perfect game on June 13. He's spent a long time in the minors doing rehab assignments before being activated over the weekend.

As for Pagan, he had to be replaced in the seventh inning after bruising his right hand while punching something in frustration.

"He snapped after one at-bat," Bochy said of Pagan, who struck out twice and angrily flipped his bat after hitting a fly out right field. "I don't know what he hit. We'll check on him tomorrow."

Pagan did not go for X-rays and it's believed the injury is not serious.

With the trade deadline coming up at 1 p.m. PT later today, the Giants could still make a trade. Let's see if these injuries play any role in that.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Nate Schierholtz Denies Trade Request, According To Report

According to a report from CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, San Francisco Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz has not requested a formal trade, though may be better suited elsewhere regardless.

"I haven't said one thing about anything other than baseball in two weeks," said Schierholtz, who told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month that he would be open to a change of scenery that would give him the opportunity to play every day.

"Nothing has changed at all. My agent knows if anybody is going to say anything (to the Giants), it's me. I expressed how I felt a couple weeks ago and that was the end of it."

Schierholtz stressed that he is not a unhappy playing with the Giants, but would like an opportunity to play on an everyday basis. He's been getting more playing time lately, and is batting .353 with 6 hits, two doubles and three RBI's in the last seven days. Could he be getting showcased for other clubs? Possibly, but Bruce Bochy might need him around with Aubrey Huff and Angel Pagan injuring themselves on Monday night.

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Giants Vs. Mets, Final Score: Scott Hairston Homers Twice As Mets Win In Extras 8-7

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Scott Hairston homered twice, including a leadoff shot in the 10th inning off Santiago Casilla, and the New York Mets won a wild 8-7 contest over San Francisco to send the Giants to their season- high fifth straight loss.

Pinch-Hitter Justin Turner doubled home the go-ahead tally during a four-run eighth inning, but the Giants rallied for two in the ninth for a 6-6 tie thanks to RBI doubles from Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz.

In the 10th, Hairston struck a 1-1 curveball over the wall in left-center. Jason Bay walked with one out and Mike Baxter, just activated from the 15-day disabled list, had a pinch-hit single up the middle.

Clay Hensley was summoned from the bullpen to replace Casilla (4-5) and Rob Johnson bunted toward the mound. Hensley looked toward second before firing home late, as Bay scored standing up.

Schierholtz singled in Ryan Theriot with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, but Manny Acosta regrouped and secured his first save of the year by retiring Brandon Belt on a fly ball to the warning track in center field.

"Manny Acosta, two years in a row, has been an outstanding pitcher in the second half of the season. We need him now," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Hairston and Bay each scored three times for the Mets, who won back-to-back contests for the first time since ending June with a four-game winning streak.

The Giants left 15 men on base and fell into a virtual first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West.

"It was a wild game. A lot of little things happened. We swung the bats, but made some mistakes and it came back to get us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Hairston's two-run blast to left off Sergio Romo in the eighth tied the game and Turner doubled off the base of the wall in left-center later in the frame to plate Jason Bay. Rob Johnson capped the outburst with an RBI single for a 6-4 lead, but Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin (1-0) couldn't hold the advantage.

Posey's double to the alley in left-center plated Melky Cabrera, and later Schierholtz laced what turned out to be a double to right. Ike Davis, playing in at first base, saw the ball bounce under his glove into the outfield. With the bases full and Marco Scutaro facing a 3-2 pitch, Edgin painted the outside corner to send the game to the 10th.

Scutaro's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Giants the lead, but Ronny Cedeno doubled home two runs in the fourth.

Cabrera's single plated Scutaro in the fifth, and the Giants went ahead 4-2 in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff beat out a potential double play ball to score one run, but he left the game with an apparent leg injury after running hard to first. With runners at the corners, Theriot singled to right to plate pinch-runner Matt Cain.

Game Notes

New York is 3-2 on its season-high 11-game road trip...The Mets came into Monday batting .184 with men in scoring position over their last 13 games, but went 3-for-8 in such situations in the opener of this four-game series...Mets center fielder Andres Torres hurt his thumb while legging out a hit in the fifth inning...Giants center fielder Angel Pagan hurt his right hand punching something after an at-bat...The Giants had a season-high 16 hits...Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had nine strikeouts over six innings, and New York's Jeremy Hefner allowed 10 hits and four runs over the first 5 2/3 frames...Edgin got his first major league win.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Still Interested In Hunter Pence, Brandon League

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the San Francisco Giants continue to have discussions with multiple teams at adding some talent.

Rumors earlier on Monday were that Hunter Pence was to be traded to the Giants, but that indeed had not happened yet, though Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi tweeted that they are still discussing Pence with the Phillies. ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote about the possible Pence trade as well, but noted that they "appear to have too many payroll issues and too few chips to make that deal work right now."

Morosi also tweeted about the Mariners Brandon League and the Giants involvement earlier today as well, which remains an interesting idea for San Francisco. Earlier in the week the Mariners were said to be looking into first baseman Brandon Belt, but there's hasn't any word of that deal since. League and Belt involved in a trade? Stay tuned for more.

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Giants vs. Mets: Madison Bumgarner Eyes Bounce-Back Win

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants only have themselves to blame for losing grip on the National League West lead. Tonight, they hope to bounce back versus the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park.

The Giants have lost four straight and sit a percentage point ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for division bragging rights. They were just swept in three games against L.A. and dropped a 4-0 decision in Sunday's series finale.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw hurled a five-hit shutout, while Giants right- hander Ryan Vogelsong was saddled with the hard-luck loss for giving up two runs - one earned - over six innings. Jeremy Affeldt allowed a pair of runs in relief.

"We got two months of baseball to play and a lot of things can happen between now and then. If history repeats itself, this division always comes down to the last couple weeks of the season," Vogelsong said.

San Francisco managed just five hits and was outscored, 19-3, in the series. It is 2-4 so far on a 10-game homestand and hopes Madison Bumgarner can continue his home dominance when he toes the rubber tonight. Bumgarner is 7-1 with a 1.89 earned run average in nine starts at AT&T Park this season, but did not receive a decision his last time out in a 3-2 win over San Diego by the bay.

Bumgarner allowed two runs in seven innings in that one and remained at 11-6 in 20 starts with a 3.10 ERA. The left-hander, who is 1-2 in his past four starts, faced the Mets for the first time in his career during a 7-2 win on April 23rd at Citi Field, where he fired seven innings of one-run ball.

New York split a four-game series at Arizona to kick off an 11-game trek and is coming off Sunday's 5-1 win behind a strong performance from R.A. Dickey.

Dickey, an All-Star knuckleballer, allowed one unearned run and four hits in seven innings of work for his NL-leading 14th win of the season. He also fanned eight batters.

"I just kept telling myself to stay with it. It (knuckleball) was pretty good," said Dickey, who experienced bouts of nausea during the game. "I felt like I had a pretty good knuckleball the whole nine (innings)."

Scott Hairston knocked in two runs, while David Wright and Andres Torres scored twice for New York, which won for just the third time in the last 17 games and will also visit San Diego for a three-game set on this road trip.

First-year major leaguer Jeremy Hefner draws the start for New York tonight and he sports a 1-4 record with a 5.40 ERA in 13 games (4 starts). Hefner, a right-hander, is filling in for an injured Johan Santana and took the loss in Wednesday's 5-2 setback against Washington. He gave up three runs - two earned - in six innings.

Hefner made his major league debut against San Francisco on April 23rd with three scoreless innings of relief in the first game of a doubleheader.

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Giants Vs. Mets, Series Preview: G-Men Look To Bounce Back Against Struggling Mets

Can the Giants right the ship against New York?

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