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  • C.J. Cron knocks in five runs
    C.J. Cron drove in five runs with a single, a triple and a double in Friday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Cron was supposed to see a reduced role after the Angels picked up two left-handed hitters before the deadline, but he kept hitting and David Dejesus didn't, allowing him to return to regular duty. He's at least a fringe mixed leaguer at the moment. 36 minutes ago
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Tex
  • Joey Gallo fans twice in loss
    Joey Gallo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: As mediocre as Gallo was in Triple-A, it's hard to see why the Rangers would play him over Will Venable, a superior defensive left fielder. Gallo also struck out all three times up in his first start back in the majors Wednesday. He'll be a bit player in September unless he can get hot in a hurry. 38 minutes ago
    L, 5-2 ^ @LAA
  • Posey doubles in loss to Rockies
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 with a double in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The double was Posey's 23rd of the season. It extended his current hitting streak to six games and the catcher has picked up knocks in nine out of his last 10 games. With the hot streak, he's now hitting a superb .324/.381/.475 with 16 homers and 80 RBI. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Pagan's RBI single brings home only SF run
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pagan drew the Giants to within 2-1 via his RBI single in the sixth inning, but neither team would score again in the game. A right knee injury sidelined him in the middle of August, but he was activated from the disabled list on September 1. Given his .261/.293/.309 batting line, his return offers no fantasy impact. Today, 9:52 pm
  • De La Rosa dazzles Giants over seven innings
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched a gem for the second start in a row, limiting the Giants to one run on six hits over seven innings in Friday's 2-1 win.

    Advice: De La Rosa shutout the Pirates in his last start and almost did likewise to the Giants. The only run to score against him on Friday came home on an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the sixth inning. In addition to the one run allowed, he also struck out seven without walking a batter. The veteran southpaw will carry a 4.24 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into his next outing, a Thursday afternoon road showdown with the Padres. Today, 9:47 pm
  • Pair of solo homers sink Heston
    Chris Heston pitched well outside of a pair of mistakes in Friday's loss to the Rockies, allowing two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Heston probably couldn't have guessed that the Rockies would hold the Giants to just one run, but these things happen. For his part, the 27-year-old right-hander coughed up back-to-back solo homers to Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado in the first inning. That was all he allowed, but he dropped to 11-9 anyway. Heston's currently pitching to a 3.54 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He's not a lock to remain in the rotation and the possibility of the team moving him to the bullpen remains. Today, 9:41 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Col
  • Cervelli finishes with pair of singles in win
    Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cervelli's RBI single in the eighth inning pushed the Pirate advantage to 5-0. Over the course of 366 at-bats, the veteran backstop has hit to a surprisingly competent number at .298/.374/.413. He's also driven in 38 runs, which ties his career-high set back in 2010 when he played for the Yankees. Today, 9:34 pm
  • Marte drives in three to help beat Cards
    Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two strikeouts in Friday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Marte notched an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double in the fifth to account for his three RBI. He's done a little bit of everything this season, hitting .282/.331/.438 with 15 homers, 66 RBI, 74 runs scored and 26 steals. Today, 9:28 pm
  • Carpenter whiffs twice against Pirates
    Matt Carpenter went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: J.A. Happ absolutely dominated the Cardinals on Friday, which explains Carpenter's less-than-stellar showing. Despite the tough game, he still maintains a .258/.359/.459 triple-slash with 20 homers and 69 RBI. Today, 9:24 pm
  • Piscotty hits RBI double against Pirates
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Piscotty's RBI double in the eighth came with the Cards already down 5-0. They would manage a few more runs before the close of action, but ultimately fell by a score of 9-3. The 24-year-old outfielder is currently working on an 11-game hitting streak. Six of the games in the streak have been of the multi-hit variety. For the season, he's slashing .345/.377/.547 with four homers and 25 RBI over 148 at-bats. He's more than held his own, impressive given that this is his first season in the majors. Today, 9:21 pm
  • Happ rocks Cardinals with three-hitter
    J.A. Happ was superb in Friday's 9-3 win over the Cardinals, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Happ turned in a fantastic start, no caveats. He threw 72 of his 110 pitches for strikes, struck out eight and allowed just three singles over his seven inning of work. Since joining the Pirates in early August, Happ's been brilliant, surrendering just six runs over 34 1/3 innings. That works out to a 1.57 ERA. He'll try to continue this unexpected run of extreme competence in a road start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber. Today, 9:15 pm
    W, 9-3 ^ @StL
  • Martinez allows four runs in 5 IP vs Pirates
    Carlos Martinez (back) wasn't sharp in his return to the rotation during Friday's loss to the Pirates, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: The Cards skipped Martinez last time through the rotation, as the young right-hander was dealing with a back issue. He wasn't particularly on-point in his return, walking three and allowing a pair of runs in the first inning and another two in the fourth. He carries a 3.04 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Should he make his next start, it would come on the road against the Reds. Today, 9:13 pm
    L, 9-3 vs ^ Pit
  • Conger crushes grand slam to down Twins
    Hank Conger went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five total RBI in Friday's 8-0 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Conger blew open a 3-0 game in the fourth inning, stepping to the plate with the bases juiced and unloading on a Mike Pelfrey offering for a grand slam. He also added an RBI single in the eighth inning, just for fun. For a backup catcher, Conger's done a very nice job, particularly in terms of power. The 27-year-old is hitting .220/.314/.457 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over 164 at-bats. Today, 9:11 pm
  • Rasmus hits two-run homer to help beat Twins
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Rasmus took a Mike Pelfrey offering for a ride with a runner on in the second inning. It was his 18th bomb of the season. While the power numbers are on-point, his overall triple-slash is considerably lacking in terms of average, as he's hitting just .230/.298/.449. Today, 9:05 pm
    W, 8-0 vs ^ Min
  • Mauer doubles in shutout defeat vs HOU
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Mauer's double was one of just two the Twins hit as a team in the 8-0 loss. He's picked up 12 hits in his last 10 games, but his .270/.335/.380 triple-slash remains mostly punch-less. The Minnesota stalwart will finish with an average under .300 for the second straight year barring an explosion of hits over this last month. Today, 9:00 pm
    L, 8-0 ^ @Hou
  • Chris Heston to start for Giants on Friday
    Chris Heston will start for the Giants on Friday against the Rockies in Colorado.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy had given consideration to starting Tim Hudson in his place, but opted to stick with the young right hander. If he has another rough outing though, he could be shifted to the bullpen. Yesterday, 4:00 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Col
  • Posey collects 3 hits despite Kershaw's gem
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles and none led to a run because his teammates were busy getting sawed off by Clayton Kershaw. Posey has 11 hits in his last four games and is now batting .325 with 16 homers and 80 RBI. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Carlos Martinez (back) returns Friday vs. PIT
    Carlos Martinez (back) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Friday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Martinez was skipped on his last turn through the rotation due to a minor back injury (and concerns about his overall workload). The 23-year-old right-hander should do well on extra rest versus the second-place Bucs. Michael Wacha is also being skipped in the Cardinals' rotation this week as a way to limit his innings total. Wednesday, 1:58 pm
    L, 9-3 vs ^ Pit
  • Joey Gallo recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled 3B/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo faded after a hot start with the Rangers and then hit just .195 after being demoted to Round Rock. Still, he's obviously very intriguing with his power and could get some starts in left field with Josh Hamilton (knee) limited to pinch-hitting duty at the moment. Wednesday, 6:26 am
    L, 5-2 ^ @LAA
  • Angel Pagan activated from disabled list
    Giants activated OF Angel Pagan from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pagan has been out since mid-August with a nagging right knee issue. How often he'll be healthy enough to play down the stretch remains to be seen, but he's ready to give it a go. Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • Posey collects 4 hits in Giants' 14-inn. loss
    Buster Posey went 4-for-7 but the Giants were defeated in 14 innings by the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles, but the Giants couldn't capitalize on any of them. Posey is batting a lusty .321/.377/.475 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the season. Tuesday, 12:50 am
  • Martinez (back) scratched from Tuesday start
    Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a back injury.

    Advice: It looks like a move made to give Martinez some rest as much (or more) than it is about a back injury. He's currently on pace to throw 192 2/3 innings, which would eclipse last season's career-high workload by about 80 frames. Martinez should be ready to go early next week. Marco Gonzales will start in Martinez's place Tuesday. Monday, 2:54 pm
    L, 9-3 vs ^ Pit
  • Heston struggles in return to rotation
    Chris Heston was lit up in his return to the Giant rotation on Sunday, allowing five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Heston struck out just one. A three-run first inning put him in an early hole and he was never able to work his way back from that. With Matt Cain injured, Heston slots back into the rotation and returns to his 3.56 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 111/48 K/BB ratio over 149 1/3 innings. Up next on his schedule, a road start against the Rockies. Sunday, 4:15 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Col
  • De La Rosa spins diamonds against Pirates
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched beautifully in Sunday's win over the Pirates, firing six innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed just four hits while striking out seven and walking one on the afternoon. The Pirates couldn't even find an extra-base hit against the 34-year-old southpaw. For the season, he's the owner of a 4.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He'll try to duplicate Sunday's results in a home date with the Giants next time out. Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Happ holds Rockies to one run
    J.A. Happ limited the damage in Saturday's win over the Rockies, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Happ scattered five hits while striking out two and walking one, with the only run scoring on a Charlie Blackmon RBI fielder's choice in the third inning. In five starts with the Pirates, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. His upcoming road start against the Cardinals figures to represent a worthy challenge to those strong numbers. Saturday, 7:21 pm
    W, 9-3 ^ @StL
  • Piscotty goes 4-for-4, Cards take down Giants
    Stephen Piscotty finished 4-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in Saturday's 6-0 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: Piscotty walked in the first, hit an infield single in the second, singled and scored in the fifth, singled again in the seventh, and then roped a triple to deep right-center field in the top of the ninth. The 24-year-old Stanford graduate continues to impress in his first taste of major league action, now with a .344/.378/.576 batting line in 35 games. Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Starling Marte not in Pirates lineup Saturday
    Starling Marte is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day off for the dynamic young outfielder. Josh Harrison will start in his place in left field and bat second for the Bucs against Chris Rusin and the Rockies. Saturday, 12:37 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was drilled by a pitch in his elbow last night, so it's not surprising to see him get a day of rest. Andrew Susac will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the Giants against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. Saturday, 10:44 am
  • Giants recall Chris Heston from Triple-A
    Giants recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Heston will return to the Giants rotation on Sunday, taking the place of the injured Matt Cain. The right-hander owns a 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 110/48 K/BB ratio across 145 2/3 innings on the season. Friday, 4:39 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Col
  • Angel Pagan won't return until Tuesday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through the weekend and will rejoin the Giants when rosters expand on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pagan had been scheduled to return on Friday, but the club has opted to give him a few more days rather than rushing him. He has been shelved since August 10 with tendinitis in his right knee. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Heston to start on Sunday in Cain's place
    Chris Heston is expected to start on Sunday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: It had been the struggling Matt Cain's spot. Heston won't have spent the required 10 days in the minors by Sunday, so the Giants will have to create a phantom injury for someone (likely Cain). The righty was sent down a week ago as a means to cut down his workload, as he didn't make any appearances in the minors. Friday, 3:03 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Col
  • Joe Mauer getting a breather Friday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Trevor Plouffe is at first base in Mauer's place and Eduardo Nunez is getting a start at third. Friday, 1:49 pm
    L, 8-0 ^ @Hou
  • Cervelli (feet) triples, scores in return
    Francisco Cervelli (feet) tripled and scored a run in his return to action Thursday.

    Advice: Cervelli sat out Wednesday's game after injuring both of his feet Tuesday, but he'll be fine. He's sporting a nifty .306/.374/.428 batting line for the Bucs. Friday, 5:36 am
  • Martinez tosses quality start vs Diamondbacks
    Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: While Martinez wasn't getting rocked--all three runs scored in the second inning, on a pair of RBI singles--he had already thrown 103 pitches by the close of the sixth. These kinds of fine-but-unspectacular outings have slowly become the norm for the 23-year-old right-hander, who has now allowed at least three runs in each of his last six starts. He owns a 2.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Nationals in his next scheduled outing. Thursday, 10:07 pm
    L, 9-3 vs ^ Pit
  • Angel Pagan expected to return on Friday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pagan has been on the shelf since August 10 due to tendinitis in his right knee. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 with no homers and 26 RBI in his 102 contests this season. Thursday, 8:29 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty not in Cardinals lineup
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's certainly a well-deserved day of rest for Piscotty who has started the team's last 29 contests. Piscotty has been on a tear offensively, slashing .316/.349/.538 with four homers and 20 RBI in 117 at-bats. Matt Carpenter will draw a rare start at first base in his absence. Thursday, 5:41 pm
  • Pagan (knee) not in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan took an early flight from Omaha to San Francisco on Thursday morning and will probably be given a full day of rest before returning to the Giants' active roster on Friday. Juan Perez is in center field in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. Pagan has been on the disabled list since August 10. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Pagan (knee) set to be activated Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will play in a final rehab game Wednesday before being activated on Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan has been on a rehab assignment since Sunday and the reports have obviously been good. The outfielder's return will be a boost to the Giants, who have lost five of their last six games heading into Wednesday's contest against the Cubs. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli (feet) sitting out Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli (feet) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Cervelli fouled a ball off his right foot and jammed his left food during Tuesday's game. He's expected to be fine, but it's no surprise he's getting a breather in this one. Chris Stewart is behind the plate. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Carpenter's HR leads Cards past D'Backs
    Matt Carpenter walked and clubbed a solo home run in five plate appearances Monday as the Cardinals took down the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Carpenter knotted the game up at 1-1 in the third inning with a solo home run off of Jhoulys Chacin. He would also walk and score in the seventh inning as the Cardinals took a commanding lead. Carpenter had been held hitless in his previous five games, covering 21 plate appearances. On the season, he's batting .260/.358/.462 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI. Aug 24, 10:44 pm
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