Mark Gardner, Hector Sanchez, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt observe the National Anthem.
Today all of Major League Baseball celebrated Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and the 65th anniversary of the historic day when he broke the game’s color barrier in 1947. In honor, the Giants wore number 42 and invited the Giants’ Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar, Michael Duarte, to the game.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson, with his wife Rachel and his son Rochester, celebrate the Giants Dodgers rivalry.
Lou Seal, Emmanuel Burriss and Shawon Dunston applaud Michael Duarte and his parents for his scholastic achievements.
Buster Posey wears #42 while batting in the sixth inning.
Jackie Robinson had a batting average with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1956 of .311
Ryan Vogelsong low fives Brandon Belt after Belt scored during the fifth inning.
TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (2012 debut) will face Pirates’ right-hander Kevin Correia (0-0, 1.50).
TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS...RHP Ryan Vogelsong (lower back strain) has returned from his rehab assignment and has been reinstated off the 15-day disabled list...RHP Brian Wilson (right elbow sprain) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
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2012 DEBUT...RHP Ryan Vogelsong will be making his 2012 debut today against his former team, whom he spent 5 years with, going 10-19 with a 6.00 ERA.
PABLO STREAKING...IF Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in all 8 games this season, batting .333 (11-for-33) with 2 HRs and 8 RBI...his hit streak is tied for the longest active streaks in the NL.
SCORING 4 ...The Giants have scored 4-or-more runs in all 8 games this year marking the 1st time the franchise has done that to begin a season since 2003 (did it in 9-straight)... last season the Giants had the highest winning pct. in the Majors when scoring at least 4 runs in a game, going 55-9 (.859).
SANTIAGO CASILLA... Threw 1.2-scoreless innings last night...has not allowed a run in his 3 appearances... Has combined to fashion a 1.85 ERA in each of his last 2 seasons (2010-11), which is the 3rd-lowest mark in the Majors (min. 100ip)... Was one of SF’s top relievers in ‘11, posting career-low 1.74 ERA in 49 games.
BRANDON CRAWFORD... Slick-fielding shortstop made his Major League debut with Giants last season after having spent parts of 4 seasons in SF’s minor league chain...Was drafted by SF in 4th round in 2008... Ranks T2nd on team with 3 2Bs and is 2nd with 6 RBI.
April 15, 1958 -- Major League Baseball comes to California as the transplated Giants and Dodgers play the 1st game on the Pacific Coast...Ruben Gomez blanks LA and Don Drysdale in the Giants’ 8-0 win...Orlando Cepeda homers in front of 23,448 fans.