Quick Hits for May 22, 2014

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UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS & BROADCAST SCHEDULE: • Friday, May 23 vs. Minnesota (7:15): RHP Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.74) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.20) –NBC Bay Area • Saturday, May 24 vs. Minnesota (7:05): RHP Ryan Vogelsong (2-2, 3.62) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 5.50) –CSN Bay Area • Sunday, May 25 vs. Minnesota (1:05): LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.38) vs. RHP Samuel Deduno (1-2, 3.53) –CSN Bay Area

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IN THE TRAINERS ROOM… C Buster Posey has missed the last two games because of nerve irritation in his lower back, which he hurt on an awkward swing on Sunday…RHP Matt Cain and RHP Santiago Casilla (both injured last night with strained right hamstrings) will undergo MRIs today to determine the severity of their injuries.

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TODAY’S ROSTER MOVE… Prior to today’s game the Giants have placed RHP Santiago Casilla (right hamstring strain) on the 15-day disabled list and have recalled RHP George Kontos (#70) from triple-A. 

 

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ON DECK… Following today’s game, the Giants return home for a six-game homestand against the Twins (this weekend) and Cubs (Monday-Wednesday)…the Giants are 5-4 all-time against Minnesota, going 3-3 at AT&T Park…it will be the  rst time the Giants-Twins will have met since 2011.

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TIM HUDSON… Three-time All-Star is scheduled to make his ninth start this season…has been the Giants’ best and most consistent starter so far, logging 7.0+ innings in seven of his eight starts while also allowing two earned runs or fewer in seven of eight.

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JAVIER LOPEZ… Has allowed just the three home runs while in a Giants uniform (638 batters faced).

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JUST SCORE FIRST… SF has posted a record of 21-4 (.840) when scoring the game’s  rst run…they are 8-14 when their opponent scores first.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Hit a career-high nine HRs last season and has six already this year in just 45 games.

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MICHAEL MORSE… Owns a career .408 avg. (24-for-59) with four HRs and 16 RBI in 14 games at Coors Field.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Has appeared in 35 of 47 games (nine starts; six in CF, three in LF).

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