JEAN MACHI… Leads team with 39 relief appearances.
FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND STARTS TONIGHT… The Giants will begin a ! ve-game homestand tonight, with two games against the A’s and then a three-game series against the D-Backs that will conclude the first half…after going 22-9 in their ! rst 31 home games, the Giants have really struggled at AT&T Park as of late, winning just three of their past 17 games.
TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Matt Cain (1-7, 4.27) has gone 0-4 with a 4.65 ERA over his last seven starts and will be seeking his first win since May 15…Cain has gone 3-5 with a 2.11 ERA in 10 career starts against the A’s…RHP Jason Hammel (0-0, -.–) will be making his A’s debut after being traded by the Cubs last Friday…Hammel is 0-2 with a 3.14 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants and will be facing them for the first time since 2011.
GREGOR BLANCO… Has started 19 of SF’s last 21 games since Angel Pagan has been out.
GIANTS GETTING A’S AT AT&T… The Giants have won 12 of their last 14 games against the A’s here at AT&T Park.
BUSTER POSEY… His .325 batting average beginning June 1 is the eighth-highest in the NL.
HUNTER PENCE… Among NL leaders in multi-hit games (T1st- 32), runs scored (3rd – 64), hits (3rd – 108).
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied with Alex Rios for the second-most triples in the Majors (Dee Gordon, 9).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Has committed just six errors (none over last 37 games).
THE BRIGHT SIDE… Despite the Giants’ recent struggles the past four weeks, they enter tonight’s game just 0.5 game back of the ! rst-place Dodgers, who lost to the Tigers today in Detroit.