BRANDON CRAWFORD… His 35 RBI this season rank as the second most on the club… is already just 10 RBI shy of matching his career-best for a season (45 in 2012).
PABLO SANDOVAL… By hitting safely in 29/36 games, has raised his batting average 91 points from .171-.262.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Has been unscored upon in each of his last 13 outings (7.0ip).
IN THE TRAINERS ROOM… OF Angel Pagan, who has missed the last two games with a stiff back, underwent an MRI that revealed inflammation…Pagan also missed games June 8-9 with a leg ailment.
FRIDAY’S STARTER… Tim Lincecum at Chase Field is 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA here at Chase Field, but is just 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA in his last five starts here.
TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… Two of the Majors’ top pitchers square o! today, as RHP Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81), who leads the Majors with the lowest ERA, faces LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97), who would lead the AL in that category had he not missed more than a month with an injury.
YUSMEIRO PETIT… Tossed 3.0-perfect innings with three strikeouts last night.
BUSTER POSEY… Has made 59 starts (48 at catcher, 10 at 1st and one at DH).
AGAINST SALE… IF/OF Michael Morse and OF Gregor Blanco are the only Giants players to have ever faced Sale, as Morse is 1-for-4 with a homer and Blanco is 1-for-2 against him.
HECTOR SANCHEZ… Has started 25/72 games (24 at catcher, one at 1st)…made a total of 24 starts last season.