SAN FRANCISCO -- Sure, the Giants could use some more runs. Coming into Sunday's Interleague series finale against the A's, they ranked 21st in the Majors and 11th in the National League with 3.83 runs per game.
The quickest way to score would be through the long ball, but those have been few and far between, especially at home. San Francisco has hit just six homers at AT&T Park, compared with 19 on the road.
Manager Bruce Bochy was asked if the players are thinking it's officially easier said than done at home.
"I don't think so," Bochy said. "Buster [Posey] said it well yesterday: 'I just have to hit it further.' It's not so much home runs. Doubles, that's power, too. That works for you. I know we'll hit more home runs. We'll get Pablo [Sandoval] back, that'll help. But we're not a power-hitting club."
Sandoval, on the DL with a broken bone in his left hand, is still a couple of weeks away from returning.
For now, the Giants are two games above .500. Bochy referenced the past when asked if it meant something that his team is winning despite the lack of the long ball.
"You go back to when we had a great year a couple of years ago, the home run helped us," Bochy said. "[Pat] Burrell, Posey, [Juan] Uribe. They popped one at the right time. We don't have that, but we have added speed, which will help."
Sandoval, Theriot to ramp up their rehab
SAN FRANCISCO -- A couple of injured Giants are mending well enough that they're ready to pack their bags for Arizona to make it back to AT&T Park.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval and second baseman Ryan Theriot are set to head to Scottsdale for extended spring training when the club hits the road for a seven-game road trip beginning Monday in Milwaukee.
"He'll work out there during the road trip," manager Bruce Bochy said of Sandoval. "He's a couple of weeks away. He started some baseball activities, swinging the bat a little bit."
Sandoval went on the 15-day disabled list May 3 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand and underwent surgery the next day. He started throwing early this week.
Theriot went on the 15-day DL on May 11 with a right elbow strain. He was having a particularly tough month and was batting .179 in 56 at-bats for the season.
"Theriot is going to Arizona for a couple of days to try to get him some at-bats," Bochy said. "Hopefully he gets his timing at the plate before we reactivate him."
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.