SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Giants' current center fielder and leadoff man on the shelf due to injury, the player the Giants hope is their future at both positions was at AT&T Park on Saturday.Gary Brown, the Giants' first-round pick and 24th overall selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, was in town for the three-game weekend series against the Brewers. Unfortunately, the speedy center fielder couldn't step on the field and fill the void of Andres Torres. "I've got to pay my dues, I've got to do it like everyone else," Brown said with a laugh. Brown missed the end of Cal State Fullerton's regular season and its trip to the College World Series because of a broken middle finger, but said it is fully healed. He played in 12 games for Rookie-level Arizona and six games for Class A Salem-Keizer, combining to hit .159 (7-for-44) with eight runs scored and one stolen base in two attempts. He also worked out with Class A Advanced San Jose during its final game but didn't play. "I definitely am glad I got my feet wet. It's a lot different from college ball," said Brown, who will leave in a few days for instructional league. "You've got to get that pitch, you can't miss it. I'm glad to be learning the ropes, at least a little bit, before I got to instructs ... and get some more pro ball experience under my belt." During the experience, Brown said he learned he needs to improve his bunting and baserunning, the former an aspect of the game not many young players choose to focus on. When asked why he feels inclined to work on it, Brown responded, "I run fast. "I like to get on base and if I put I anywhere on the grass in a decent spot, I'm going to be safe," Brown said. "That's almost a sure thing if I get it down in a good area."
Giants' Torres could make return next week
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy cautioned more than once that he was thinking best-case scenario, but the Giants manager said Saturday that Andres Torres could return to the lineup by late next week."But we have to be smart about this," Bochy cautioned. "He just had surgery, so as much as we'd like to have him back we're going to wait until he's ready." Torres has been out since having an emergency appendectomy Sunday, but if that timetable is correct, Torres potentially could return in time for next weekend's three-game series at Colorado. "I'm saying best-case scenario, but yeah I am," Bochy said when asked if he was optimistic. "He's walking around and feeling good."
Giants hold Fiesta Gigantes celebration
SAN FRANCISCO -- The sixth annual Fiesta Gigantes was held prior to Saturday's game in Lefty O'Doul Plaza at AT&T Park to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.The event, sponsored by the Giants in partnership with Bank of America, Amtrak, Univision, Ford and Spanish radio stations, KIQI 1010 AM and KATD 990 AM, featured live music, food, arts and crafts, entertainers and community booths celebrating the Bay Area's Hispanic heritage. Also part of the event was a special VIP experience in Triples Alley with Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda and musical legend Carlos Santana. Proceeds benefited Santana's Milagro Foundation. The Giants and Brewers honored baseball's Latino heritage by wearing their Gigantes and Cerveceros jerseys.
Potential postseason tickets on sale Tuesday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tickets for a potential National League Division Series will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the Giants announced Saturday.Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and a maximum of six tickets can be purchased per person. Tickets will only be available through sfgiants.com or by phone at 877-4-SFGTIX. No in-person sales will be available. The first game in San Francisco would be on Oct. 6, 7 or 10, with times to be determined. Prices range from $32 to $115, with most general public tickets coming in the $35-$40 and $28-$41 range. Fans will be refunded for if the Giants do not advance to the postseason.
Edgar Renteria was sidelined on Saturday due a sore elbow that flared up during Friday's loss. Bochy said the club hopes the injury isn't serious and said Renteria could be available Sunday. ... Mike Fontenot was given leadoff duties on Saturday against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo. It was his fourth career start atop the order. ... San Francisco is 7-1 in their Gigantes jerseys, with their only loss coming last season at Miller Park.
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.