PHILADELPHIA -- So far this postseason, Cody Ross has established himself as the top clutch hitter in either league.The Giants outfielder has four go-ahead RBIs, twice as many as the next players on the list -- the New York Yankees' Lance Berkman, Texas' Josh Hamilton and Atlanta's Brian McCann. Ross' total is the highest in Giants franchise history for a single postseason, though keep in mind that the postseason consisted only of the World Series through 1968. The League Championship Series was added in 1969 and the Division Series started in 1995. Ross also has three game-winning RBIs, joining Barry Bonds (2002) as the only other Giant to accumulate that many, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. With his effort Saturday in the Giants' 4-3 Game 1 victory, Ross became the second player to homer twice in his LCS debut. Minnesota's Gary Gaetti (1987) was the only other player to accomplish this. "I just try to take pride in going up there every single at-bat and trying to get something going for my team, whether it's drawing a walk or hitting a home run," Ross said.
Wrist injury forces Uribe out of Game 2 lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Shortstop Juan Uribe was scratched from the Giants' lineup with a contusion in his left wrist before Sunday night's Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.Uribe was injured in Saturday night's sixth inning after he grounded a two-out single up the middle off Philadelphia's Roy Halladay that delivered what proved to be the winning run. Uribe advanced to second base on the throw home and hurt his wrist as he slid, manager Bruce Bochy said. Uribe was replaced in San Francisco's lineup by Edgar Renteria, who occupied the eighth spot in the batting order. Right fielder Cody Ross, who homered twice in Game 1, was elevated from eighth to sixth. Bochy said that Uribe tried to swing a bat but "couldn't let it go." However, Bochy noted that Uribe still planned to field grounders during batting practice and could be used for late-inning defense. Bochy said that Uribe will be examined Monday in San Francisco and could undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. "Talking to [head athletic trainer Dave] Groeschner, we're hopeful that he may be available for the first game back home," Bochy said, referring to Tuesday's Game 3 at AT&T Park. Uribe, 31, was batting .111 (2-for-18) in the postseason, encompassing the Division Series and Saturday's NLCS opener. That followed a regular season in which he ranked second among the Giants with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs, both career highs, while batting .248 in 148 games. Renteria, 35, was set to start his first postseason game since participating in the 2005 AL Division Series for Boston against the Chicago White Sox. He hit .276 in 72 games this year and batted 1.000 (2-for-2) in the Division Series.
Bumgarner still up for Game 4 despite 'pen stint
PHILADELPHIA -- For the second night in a row, left-hander Madison Bumgarner was available for relief duty in the National League Championship Series against Philadelphia.But manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that if Bumgarner somehow were to appear in Game 2, the rookie still would be ready to start Game 4 on Wednesday at AT&T Park. "With days off before his start, he would still be available," Bochy said of Bumgarner, who threw briefly in the bullpen Saturday. Bumgarner made 18 appearances this year, all starts. He posted a 7-6 record with a 3.00 ERA.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.