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4/18/2014 | Posey, Morse get a rest

Buster Posey and Michael Morse, two of the Giants' most prominent offensive threats, received rests Friday night and were not in the starting lineup against the San Diego Padres.

4/18/2014 | Sandoval drops a spot in the lineup

Dropping third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the batting order proved to be easier said than done for manager Bruce Bochy, whose struggling third baseman descended all the way from third in the order to fourth for Friday night's series opener against the Padres.

4/18/2014 | Adrianza gets start at second

Ehire Adrianza, who went 3-for-3 off the bench Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, started only his fourth game of the year, all at second base, in the Giants' series opener Friday night at San Diego.

4/18/2014 | Giants get a chance to match up against Padres' lefties

The next few days will give the Giants a chance to legitimize their improvement from last year. They're scheduled to face left-handed starters in the next four games: Eric Stults and Robbie Erlin of the Padres in the remainder of the current series, and Jorge De La Rosa and Franklin Morales in the first two games at Colorado on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

4/17/2014 | Giants offense shut down by Dodgers' Ryu

San Francisco batted .167 (5-for-30) with runners in scoring position during its three-game series vs. the Dodgers and mustered four hits in seven innings off starter Hyun-Jin Ryu during Los Angeles' 2-1 victory Thursday.

4/17/2014 | Giants face tough test in San Diego's pitching staff

In their final game at San Diego's Petco Park during the 2013 season, the Giants scored 13 runs. That might be a reasonable goal for the entire three-game series they'll play against the San Diego Padres starting Friday.

4/17/2014 | Pagan joins Crawford in resting minor injuries

Shortstop Brandon Crawford was out of the Giants' starting lineup for the second straight day with tightness in his right hamstring but did appear as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Center fielder Angel Pagan also rested, due to what Bochy called "a little knee soreness."

4/17/2014 | Posey improving at nabbing would-be base thieves

Buster Posey's increased efficiency at throwing out basestealers is one noticeable early-season trend that has helped the Giants.

4/17/2014 | Giants reliever Machi racking up wins

Giants reliever Jean Machi recorded his team-high third victory in San Francisco's 2-1 triumph Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers. If that seems like a lot of wins for a reliever, it is.

4/17/2014 | Bochy is a master at his managerial craft

When it comes to managing a game -- setting lineups, creating favorable matchups, bullpen use -- skipper Bruce Bochy has few peers.

4/17/2014 | Giants edge Dodgers thanks to Sandoval's hit

Pablo Sandoval's second single of the night Wednesday broke a seventh-inning deadlock and propelled the Giants to their fourth victory in five games this year over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a 2-1 decision.

4/16/2014 | Dodgers look to tame Bumgarner's arm, bat

Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants on Thursday seeking a series sweep, which provides Dodgers manager Don Mattingly a built-in explanation for which outfielders he will start.

4/16/2014 | Perez sent down as Affeldt returns to active roster

As anticipated, the Giants optioned reserve outfielder Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno to clear roster room for left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who had been sidelined since late March with a sprained right knee.

4/16/2014 | Crawford sits out to protect tight hamstring

Brandon Crawford's right leg tightness prompted caution from Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who left the shortstop out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

4/16/2014 | Giants pitchers being stingy with free passes

The primary sources of the Giants' vastly improved control are as plain as the ink on a statistics sheet. San Francisco's pitchers entered Wednesday with a National League-low 26 walks, or 1.9 per game.

4/16/2014 | Giants win challenge in 10th inning vs. Dodgers

A 10th-inning call that initially denied the Giants a leadoff baserunner in their game against the Dodgers was overturned following a video review.

4/16/2014 | Sanchez's hit in 12th gives Giants walk-off win

Hector Sanchez's two-out single snapped a 12th-inning deadlock and ended a four-hour, 54-minute standoff Tuesday night as the Giants outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2.

4/15/2014 | Irvin's message highlights Giants' Jackie tribute

The Giants concluded their observance of Jackie Robinson Day with a unique touch: Public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon, speaking from a podium set up behind home plate, read a message from Monte Irvin, the Hall of Fame outfielder who competed against Robinson when their clubs occupied New York and Brooklyn.

4/15/2014 | Cain lends support to San Francisco RBI program

Giants right-hander Matt Cain has become an ardent supporter of San Francisco RBI, a non-profit that promotes literacy by working with students at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School and middle schoolers at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Bay Area Academy.

4/15/2014 | Giants hold off on activating Affeldt from DL

The Giants delayed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt's reinstatement from the disabled list until Wednesday, giving themselves more time to address the difficulty of making a corresponding roster move.

4/15/2014 | Giants sticking with Crawford batting seventh

The question arises whenever Brandon Crawford thrives offensively: Would the Giants consider elevating him in the batting order? Manager Bruce Bochy's usual answer is the same one he delivered Tuesday -- no.

4/14/2014 | Giants' offense having fun on and off the field

The Giants are demonstrating how teamwork can grow through rivalry. It's friendly rivalry, of course. Three groups of position players and starting pitchers are vying to maintain the team's best offensive execution, based on an unofficial point system that rewards subtleties such as hitting behind a baserunner as well as heroics, such as home runs.

4/13/2014 | Giants win on Crawford's splash homer in 10th

Brandon Crawford delivered the Giants' first walk-off victory of the season, clobbering a 10th-inning leadoff home run Sunday to give San Francisco a 5-4 decision over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

4/13/2014 | Robinson Day very special for Giants coach Dunston

With a son having embarked upon a professional baseball career, Giants coach Shawon Dunston has made him aware of Jackie Robinson's enduring impact.

4/13/2014 | Affeldt's return to force tough roster move

The Giants face a challenging roster decision, perhaps as early as Tuesday, when they activate left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list.

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