5/25/2014 4:12 P.M. ET
Pagan gets break from lineup to rest sore knee
By Willie Bans / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO --- It's just a day off for Angel Pagan.
The leadoff hitter and center fielder was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's three-game series finale against the Twins in order "to help the knee out and keep him fresh," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Pagan has had right knee soreness since April. He also missed last Sunday and Tuesday's games with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, which he sustained while diving for a ball last Saturday against Miami.
Pagan, batting .316 with three home runs and 16 RBIs, does not have an RBI in his last 18 games.
Gregor Blanco (.143, no home runs, six RBIs) took over center field and leadoff duties Sunday.
Adrianza enjoys playing with father in stands
SAN FRANCISCO --- Ehire Adrianza's biggest fan, who's also his most important coach, has been in the stands at AT&T Park.
Adrianza's father, also named Ehire, made the trip from the family's native country, Venezuela, to see his son play at the Giants' home park.
"He's excited," the younger Ehire said. "He walked all around the stadium, took pictures with the Willie Mays statue."
The elder Ehire also got on the field during batting practice. He works as a scout and continues coaching his son through the years.
The infielder's wife and their 22-month-old daughter have been showing Ehire's dad around the city since he arrived during the previous homestand.
It's been a special time for the infielder, who was first called up from Triple-A last September. This season, he's batting .158 in 29 games, mostly in pinch-hitting opportunities.
"I'm very excited because he's always been my teacher," Adrianza said. "Last year, he wasn't able to come. Now, thanks to God, he had the chance to make it."
Matt Cain's strained right hamstring is getting better every day, the right-hander said Sunday. Saturday's bullpen session wasn't bad -- "I wasn't able to throw it the way that I wanted to," Cain said. "So it wasn't worth pushing it to keep it going."
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.