04/28/12 2:40 AM ET
Infielder Sanchez takes break from rehab
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Sandoval's hitting streak reaches 20 games
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval extended his franchise-record, season-opening hitting streak to 20 games with a third-inning single Friday night off San Diego left-hander Cory Luebke.Sandoval, who owns the Major Leagues' longest active hitting streak this season, crept two games shy of the personal-best 22-game streak he sustained last June 19-July 30. The AT&T Park crowd saluted Sandoval with a brief but warm ovation after he pulled his sharp line drive to left field.
|1. George Sisler||1925||34|
|2. Ron LeFlore||1976||30|
|3. Sam Rice||1930||28|
|4. Gee Walker||1937||27|
|5. Charlie Grimm||1923||25|
|6. Edgar Renteria||2006||23|
|7. Joe Torre||1971||22|
|T8. Steve Garvey||1978||21|
|T8. Harry Heilmann||1923||21|
|T10. Eddie Bressoud||1964||20|
|T10. Pablo Sandoval||2012||20|
"Tomorrow's another day," he said after the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Padres.Sandoval pulled into a tie for seventh place on the San Francisco-era list of hitting streaks. Jack Clark established the franchise record of 26 in 1978, which broke Willie McCovey's mark of 24 in 1963. Sandoval and McCovey (1959) share third place with 22-game streaks, followed by Robby Thompson (1993) and Buster Posey (2010) at 21 games. Willie Mays (1960) and Randy Winn (2007) also compiled 20-game hitting streaks. Sandoval also became the seventh player in the modern era to open a season with a hitting streak of 20 games or more. The others were George Sisler (34 in 1925), Ron LeFlore (30 in 1976), Edgar Renteria (23 in 2006), Joe Torre (22 in 1971), Steve Garvey (21 in 1978) and Eddie Bressoud (20 in 1964).
Huff releases statement, appreciates support
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff, who's on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder, asked for solitude Friday in a brief statement he issued through the team."Thank you to the fans, media and Giants organization for the outpouring of support during this very difficult week," Huff's statement began. "I'm especially grateful for the texts and calls from my teammates, who are like my brothers and have let me know they're here for me. "My goal is to get back on the field as soon as possible. To do that, I have to focus completely on getting well. I know I'm in a public job, and I've been one of the more open guys. But sometimes you have to pull back and work on things in private. This is one of those times. "I appreciate your understanding and patience." Huff, 35, was batting .182 with one home run and four RBIs in 12 games when the Giants officially placed him on the DL on Wednesday. He left the team two days earlier. Huff's lack of production prolonged the season-long slump he endured last year, when he hit .246 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs. Huff was one of the Giants' top performers during their 2010 World Series-winning season, when he finished seventh in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting.
Wilson back with Giants after surgery
SAN FRANCISCO -- Closer Brian Wilson, recovering from the second Tommy John elbow surgery of his career, joined teammates in the Giants' clubhouse Friday but remained mostly in seclusion."He seems in good spirits," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He feels he's going to be as strong as before, if not stronger." In a procedural move, the Giants moved Wilson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Eric Hacker, who started Friday night. "He thought he'd be ready in 16 days," Bochy jokingly said of Wilson, who's sidelined for the rest of the season.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.