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5/22/2015 | Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

Umpire Paul Nauert left Friday night's Rockies-Giants game after being hit on the right hand by a Brandon Belt seventh-inning line drive.

5/22/2015 | Belt smashes upper-deck homer at Coors Field

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt observed the 20th anniversary season of Coors Field by clobbering a sixth-inning home run into the upper deck off Colorado Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick. It was the 34th homer to reach that level.

5/22/2015 | Giants relievers don't pine for starting roles

The Giants' plan to use all relievers in Saturday's second half of their day-night doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies begged a question: Though Yusmeiro Petit will start the game for the Giants, did any of his bullpen mates wish they could get the ball at the game's outset instead? None of the Giants quizzed sounded especially envious of Petit.

5/22/2015 | Strickland to join Giants for doubleheader

Right-hander Hunter Strickland, who made 17 appearances for the Giants late in the regular season and in the postseason last year, will join the club for Saturday's day-night doubleheader against Colorado. Strickland will be eligible to pitch in either game. He'll return to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

5/22/2015 | Heston, Lyles get call to begin Giants-Rockies twin bill

The Rockies' second doubleheader of the season is Saturday's makeup of an April 26 rainout with San Francisco. The first leg will feature the Rockies' Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.53 ERA) and San Francisco's Chris Heston (3-3, 3.72).

5/20/2015 | Duffy relishes Giants-Dodgers rivalry

Giants rookie Matt Duffy, a native of Southern California, loves the intensity of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry.

5/20/2015 | Pence makes a signature catch in home debut

Hunter Pence's catch of Adrian Gonzalez's sixth-inning drive to right-center field on Tuesday night might not have been the stuff of legend, but it was one of the most discussed events among those who witnessed the Giants' fifth victory in seven games this season over the Dodgers.

5/20/2015 | Humble Hudson gets untracked

Perhaps the individual least impressed with Tim Hudson's performance in the Giants' 2-0 win over the National League West-rival Dodgers on Tuesday night was Hudson himself.

5/20/2015 | Giants showcasing adaptability

Judging by their home/road splits, you might conclude that the Giants have developed a split personality. It's actually more a case of this being a highly adaptable troupe of athletes capable of adjusting virtually overnight from one style to another without missing a beat.

5/20/2015 | Anderson, Dodgers look to even series vs. Giants

There's no rain in the forecast, so Brett Anderson will try to be as effective with a dry baseball as he was with a slippery one his last two times out when the Dodgers try to even their three-game series with the Giants on Wednesday in San Francisco.

5/20/2015 | Hudson leads combined shutout vs. Dodgers

Tim Hudson ended a mini-slump with an effectively stubborn 6 1/3-inning performance, and Buster Posey delivered a key run with a third-inning single Tuesday night as the Giants beat the Dodgers, 2-0, despite a solid start from Carlos Frias.

5/19/2015 | Ishikawa's return will require a difficult decision

Travis Ishikawa's impending eligibility for activation from the disabled list will force the Giants to confront what likely will be a difficult decision.

5/18/2015 | Parallels link McCovey, Pence through years

A Giants middle-of-the-order hitter misses much of the early season with a broken arm. The club's offense struggles without him. He rejoins the lineup and almost immediately asserts himself by clobbering a home run. Such are the parallels between Willie McCovey and Hunter Pence.

5/17/2015 | Belt, Pence lead offensive surge in Cincy

The San Francisco Giants have found their hitting touch at a very inopportune time for the team they are chasing in the National League West.

5/17/2015 | Casilla posts ninth save with immaculate inning

Giants closer Santiago Casilla put away Sunday's 9-8 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park with a perfect ninth inning -- in fact, an "immaculate" one.

5/17/2015 | Pence's first HR helps Giants hold off Reds

Using home runs from Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence and three RBIs from Nori Aoki, the Giants outlasted the Reds for a wild 9-8 win on Sunday to claim three of four games in the series. San Francisco scored 30 runs over the three straight wins.

5/17/2015 | Bochy has outfield logjam, but players 'unselfish'

It would not be entirely accurate to say Giants manager Bruce Bochy is dealing with a "problem." Maybe a "challenge," if having too many good players can be considered a challenge.

5/17/2015 | Frias, Hudson face off in opener of rivalry series

Dodgers right-hander Carlos Frias starts against the Giants for the first time Tuesday night, facing veteran right-hander Tim Hudson at AT&T Park in the opener of a three-game series.

5/16/2015 | 'Underrated' Crawford racks up six RBIs

Brandon Crawford drove in a career-high six runs Saturday night and belted his fourth career grand slam as the Giants overpowered Cincinnati, 11-2, at Great American Ball Park.

5/16/2015 | Heston, DeSclafani look to maintain momentum

Chris Heston will try to follow up the first complete game of his career with another solid start Sunday afternoon when the Giants conclude their four-game series in Cincinnati. Heston will start against Anthony DeSclafani, also trying to maintain some positive momentum after a win in his last start.

5/16/2015 | HRs, Pence's return spark Giants past Reds

Brandon Crawford notched a career-high six RBIs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning that buried the Reds in an 11-2 victory for the Giants on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

5/16/2015 | 'Extremely strong' Pence debuts with two hits

On Saturday, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was activated from the 15-day disabled list, where he had spent the entire season. He started in right field and batted sixth in the Giants' game at Cincinnati, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and scoring three runs.

5/15/2015 | Belt makes first bash of season count

Brandon Belt may not need to hit home runs every night, but it sure helps when he does. Belt's three-run homer in the first inning set the tone for a four-RBI night in the Giants' 10-2 win over the Reds on Friday.

5/15/2015 | Giants hoping for boost from Pence's return vs. Reds

The Giants hope to have All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence back in the lineup as Ryan Vogelsong makes the start on Saturday against the Reds, who counter with Mike Leake.

5/15/2015 | Belt, Bumgarner power Giants past Reds

Brandon Belt hit his first home run of the season -- a three-run shot in the first inning -- and drove in four runs to back Madison Bumgarner in the Giants' 10-2 win over the Reds on Friday.

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