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4/16/2014 | Crawford sits out to protect tight hamstring

Brandon Crawford's right leg tightness prompted caution from Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who left the shortstop out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

4/16/2014 | Giants pitchers being stingy with free passes

The primary sources of the Giants' vastly improved control are as plain as the ink on a statistics sheet. San Francisco's pitchers entered Wednesday with a National League-low 26 walks, or 1.9 per game.

4/16/2014 | Giants win challenge in 10th inning vs. Dodgers

A 10th-inning call that initially denied the Giants a leadoff baserunner in their game against the Dodgers was overturned following a video review.

4/16/2014 | Sanchez's hit in 12th gives Giants walk-off win

Hector Sanchez's two-out single snapped a 12th-inning deadlock and ended a four-hour, 54-minute standoff Tuesday night as the Giants outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2.

4/15/2014 | Irvin's message highlights Giants' Jackie tribute

The Giants concluded their observance of Jackie Robinson Day with a unique touch: Public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon, speaking from a podium set up behind home plate, read a message from Monte Irvin, the Hall of Fame outfielder who competed against Robinson when their clubs occupied New York and Brooklyn.

4/15/2014 | Cain lends support to San Francisco RBI program

Giants right-hander Matt Cain has become an ardent supporter of San Francisco RBI, a non-profit that promotes literacy by working with students at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School and middle schoolers at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Bay Area Academy.

4/15/2014 | Giants hold off on activating Affeldt from DL

The Giants delayed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt's reinstatement from the disabled list until Wednesday, giving themselves more time to address the difficulty of making a corresponding roster move.

4/15/2014 | Giants sticking with Crawford batting seventh

The question arises whenever Brandon Crawford thrives offensively: Would the Giants consider elevating him in the batting order? Manager Bruce Bochy's usual answer is the same one he delivered Tuesday -- no.

4/14/2014 | Giants' offense having fun on and off the field

The Giants are demonstrating how teamwork can grow through rivalry. It's friendly rivalry, of course. Three groups of position players and starting pitchers are vying to maintain the team's best offensive execution, based on an unofficial point system that rewards subtleties such as hitting behind a baserunner as well as heroics, such as home runs.

4/13/2014 | Giants win on Crawford's splash homer in 10th

Brandon Crawford delivered the Giants' first walk-off victory of the season, clobbering a 10th-inning leadoff home run Sunday to give San Francisco a 5-4 decision over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

4/13/2014 | Robinson Day very special for Giants coach Dunston

With a son having embarked upon a professional baseball career, Giants coach Shawon Dunston has made him aware of Jackie Robinson's enduring impact.

4/13/2014 | Affeldt's return to force tough roster move

The Giants face a challenging roster decision, perhaps as early as Tuesday, when they activate left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list.

4/13/2014 | Crawford raking early against southpaws

Though the season remains in its infancy, Brandon Crawford has dispelled any notion that left-handed pitching overwhelms him. The Giants shortstop has been especially proficient lately against lefties -- who, according to baseball's time-honored percentages, should give him fits since he bats left-handed.

4/13/2014 | Giants, Dodgers seek starting stability

Those familiar archrivals, the Giants and Dodgers, cross paths with their starting rotations in varying degrees of disarray. Tuesday's series opener at AT&T Park promises to begin in stirring fashion with the annual Jackie Robinson Day tribute. Once the ceremony ends, however, both clubs must resume facing harsh realities.

4/12/2014 | Chatwood has felt at home in San Francisco

Tyler Chatwood is set to make his season debut as the Rockies take on Tim Hudson and the Giants on Sunday at AT&T Park.

4/12/2014 | Cain goes seven strong, but Giants shut out

Buoyed by six scoreless innings from their relief corps, the Rockies handed the Giants a 1-0 loss on Saturday at AT&T Park to even the series.

4/12/2014 | Posey at first with Sanchez behind the plate

Brandon Belt was on the bench to start Saturday's matinee against the Rockies, as Buster Posey made his first start of the year at first base. But the move has just as much to do with manager Bruce Bochy's confidence in backup catcher Hector Sanchez.

4/12/2014 | Morse swinging hot bat, fitting in with Giants

Giants outfielder Michael Morse is quickly becoming a fan favorite at AT&T Park. Between his walk-up songs like the sing-a-long "Take On Me" and Bay Area rap classic "Blow the Whistle," the ballpark is always buzzing whenever Morse steps in the batter's box.

4/12/2014 | Bochy doesn't want Pablo distracted by contract

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been under the microscope this year as he begins the final season of his contract, and he's been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons lately.

4/12/2014 | Bumgarner's grand night leads Giants to victory

While it wasn't surprising to see Madison Bumgarner go six innings in a winning effort Friday night, he had the ballpark rocking after his fourth-inning grand slam, which propelled the Giants to a 6-5 win over the visiting Rockies.

4/11/2014 | Anderson hoping for better memories vs. Giants

Brett Anderson can laugh about his worst moment in AT&T Park, which is good. Anderson will start for the Rockies on Saturday afternoon, against the Giants and righty Matt Cain, in the middle game of a three-game set.

4/11/2014 | Pagan, Posey get rest in opener vs. Rockies

Even though he has a 10-game hitting streak to start the season, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was absent from Friday night's lineup against the visiting Rockies, as Juan Perez made his first career start as a leadoff hitter instead. Buster Posey also got the night off against Colorado.

4/11/2014 | Perez would embrace chance to pitch for Giants

Giants manager Bruce Bochy used all seven of his relief pitchers Thursday night, leaving him in quite a predicament in the late stages of the game.

4/11/2014 | Sandoval to help choose Honorary Bat Girls

Giants fan favorite Pablo Sandoval has been named to the guest judging panel for the 2014 MLB Honorary Bat Girl program, joining Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, country music star Jason Aldean and MLB Network host Sam Ryan.

4/11/2014 | Giants' late lead doesn't hold up vs. D-backs

Thanks to Tony Campana's 10th-inning RBI single, the D-backs emerged victorious, beating the Giants, 6-5, in 10 innings to wrap up the three-game set.

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