COL@SF: Posey tallies three hits and three RBIs

CHICAGO -- Buster Posey can identify with the participants in the Masters golf tournament, having walked the same ground they're treading this weekend.

Posey, a golf enthusiast, was fortunate enough to play Augusta National Golf Club in Nov. 2011 with his father. This experience was made possible by a member of the club who happens to work with CAA, the agency which represents Posey.

"What stuck out for me was obviously the beauty of it," Posey said Saturday. "I wasn't even there when everything was blooming. That's how well-manicured everything was."

Posey recalled shooting a 93. "Not the best, but respectable enough," the Giants catcher said.

Posey also remembered the course's unique challenges.

"I felt like a lot of the lies going to the green were downhill, and then the green was elevated, making your approach shot difficult," Posey said.

He added that attempting to read the greens was like trying to read an obscure foreign language.

"If I hadn't had a caddy, I would have shot 150, because there's so much deception," Posey said. "You can look at a putt and it looks like it's going uphill and the caddy would say, 'Putt this one like it's downhill,' because of the way the green was growing."

Pagan scratched on Saturday with sore right wrist

SF@CHC: Pagan makes great grab while falling forward

CHICAGO -- Center fielder Angel Pagan, hampered with a sore right wrist, was scratched from the Giants' lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Pagan's injury was not considered serious, adding that the switch-hitter might rejoin the lineup as early as Sunday.

"He thinks he'll be OK to go tomorrow," Bochy said of Pagan, who hurt himself while diving for a ball on Thursday.

Gregor Blanco replaced Pagan in the leadoff spot, while Andres Torres entered the lineup in center field, batting seventh.

Pagan, who Bochy deemed eligible to pinch-run, has started strong, batting .341 with five multiple-hit games. By contrast, Pagan owned a .222 average after 11 games last year. Bochy attributed Pagan's early productivity to his participation in the World Baseball Classic with Puerto Rico.

"The Classic helped him get cranked up," Bochy said.

Bochy gives Schierholtz his World Series ring

SF@PHI: Schierholtz slugs his second homer of the day

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz wasn't in Saturday's lineup, but his former teammates saw to it that he had an enjoyable afternoon.

Schierholtz received his 2012 World Series ring in a highly informal pregame exchange behind the batting cage at Wrigley Field.

Schierholtz left the indoor batting cages in right field and was stopped by Giants manager Bruce Bochy on his way to Chicago's clubhouse as San Francisco took batting practice.

"I've got something for you," Bochy said, handing Schierholtz his ring, which was enclosed in a baby-blue Tiffany box.

Schierholtz, who was traded to Philadelphia last July 31 in a four-player deal that brought Hunter Pence to the Giants, opened the box, briefly admired the ring and thanked Bochy.

Schierholtz didn't mind the lack of pomp and circumstance. "I think this is a little different because I didn't finish the year with the team," he said.