Quick Hits for June 3, 2014

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Michael Morse

MICHAEL MORSE… Was a late scratch from Sunday’s lineup…was removed due to a sore left foot after he fouled a ball off of it in Saturday’s game.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Pablo Sandoval

SANDOVAL HIT STREAKING… IF Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in each of his last 12 games, batting .386 (17-for-44) with five home runs and 14 RBI…since May 10, he’s hit safely in 21 of his past 22 games, batting .369 (31-for-84) with six home runs and 19 RBI.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Angel Pagan

ANGEL PAGAN… His 22 multi-hit games are tied with Yasiel Puig for the most in the National League.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

HUNTER PENCE… His 43 runs scored are the second-most in the NL behind Tulowitzki (45).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Gregor Blanco

GREGOR BLANCO… Has raised his batting average by 138 points from .100 to his current .238 mark by hitting .375 (15-for-40) in his past 16 games…has 11 hits in his last 24 at-bats (.458).

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SERGIO ROMO… Is 17-for-19 in SV chances, with his 17 rescues tied for the most in the Majors.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… Tonight’s matchup of Tim Lincecum-Homer Bailey is the first meeting of two starters facing each other after throwing a no-hitter the prior season since July 13, 2013 when Jered Weaver (no-hitter on May 2, 2012) faced Felix Hernandez (perfect game on Aug. 15, 2012) in Seattle…the last time it happened for two starters pitching for a National League team was May 27, 1997, when Al Leiter faced Hideo Nomo in Los Angeles (courtesy of STATS, LLC).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Jean Machi

JEAN MACHI… Has not allowed a run in his last 21.0 innings, which ranks as the second-longest active scoreless streak in the Majors.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

BUSTER POSEY… Returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing previous three games with tightness in his lower back…also missed two games May 20-21 with the same injury.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Team

GIANTS WITH BEST RECORD IN THE MAJORS… The Giants enter tonight’s game with the Majors’ best record at 37-20 (.649)…they’ve won five of their last six games, nine of their last 11 and have gone 26-10 in their past 36 contests…they are a season-best 17 games over .500 and hold the largest lead of any division leader, with a 7.0 game lead over the second place Dodgers.

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