SAN DIEGO -- The Giants announced Friday that they will dedicate their next home game, Tuesday's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, to victims of the San Bruno fire.The team will donate $3 from every ticket sold to the City of San Bruno Glenview Fire Victims Fund and will collect donations from fans attending the game. Among the luckier residents was Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, who has kept his Bay Area home since leaving the Giants. The fires raged uncomfortably close to Baker's property. "That's about three blocks from my San Francisco house that I've had for 15 years," Baker told Cincinnati-area reporters. "My son had some schoolmates that lost their houses. My daughter had some schoolmates that lost their houses." Suddenly, the Reds' 1-6 record on their recent trip seemed less significant. "It sort of eased my pain last night about the road trip by putting things in the proper perspective," Baker said. "This is very important, but when I think about those people, they'd trade with me in a minute."
Posey rests in night game vs. Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Continuing to focus on the big picture, manager Bruce Bochy kept catcher Buster Posey out of Friday night's lineup against the San Diego Padres.Dual factors contributed to Bochy's decision to rest Posey. Eli Whiteside, who replaced Posey, has worked well with Jonathan Sanchez, Friday's starting pitcher for San Francisco. Also, giving Posey, 23, a break Friday would enable him to play Saturday afternoon without feeling too fatigued. Said Bochy, "He's a young guy, we grind him pretty hard and occasionally he needs a break. That's all this is." Bochy added that Posey, who's batting .286 (8-for-28) while hitting safely in six of seven games on the Giants' current trip, would benefit more from resting completely than by playing first base -- which would keep his bat in the lineup while sparing him from the rigors of catching. Posey insisted that he felt no lingering effects from a pair of foul tips that struck his mask Thursday night.
"I've had worse," he said, though he admitted, "Both of them were direct. It happens. You'll go 10 games and not get any, then you'll go five pitches and get two. It's part of it."Posey understood that occasional breaks will help sustain him in the long run.
"I'd rather miss a day than miss a week, I guess," he said.The Rookie of the Year candidate still aspires to be a workhorse behind the plate.
"I want to be the type of guy who, when I have a full season at catcher, will be up among the league leaders in games caught," Posey said. "But you have to be smart about it."
Sanchez's offense meeting own expectations
SAN DIEGO -- Freddy Sanchez is experiencing the kind of success that he intended to sustain since he joined the Giants last season.Entering Friday, Sanchez had hit .400 (34-for-85) in 22 games since Aug. 12. His is the Major Leagues' third-best average in that stretch, behind only A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox (.407) and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies (.402). This surge has raised Sanchez's batting average from .255 to .289. He expected to maintain this sort of production after the Giants acquired him on July 29, 2009, for right-handed pitching prospect Tim Alderson. But though Sanchez hit .284 for San Francisco a season ago, injuries limited him to 25 games. "This is what I wanted to do last year," said Sanchez, who also contributed two above-average defensive plays Friday to deny San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez of base hits. "You're not going to have good days every day, obviously, but I wanted to come in, do the best that I could do for these guys and help them win a pennant."
In another offense-related item, the Giants' home runs in the third through sixth innings Thursday marked the first time they homered in four consecutive innings since Aug. 16, 2007, at Atlanta, where Bengie Molina, Dan Ortmeier, Randy Winn and Kevin Frandsen went deep in innings one through four.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.