Quick Hits for September 19, 2014

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INSIDE THE SERIES… San Francisco and San Diego have split the season series 6-6 entering tonight’s game…seven of the Giants’ last 10 games this season will be played against the Padres.

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JEAN MACHI… Right-handed hitters are just 5-for-their-last-54 (.092) against him.

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HEATING UP… IF Brandon Crawford matched his career-high with four hits on Wednesday in Arizona…Crawford ranks second in the NL with a .452 batting average (19-for-42) and is tied for the sixth with 12 RBI this month.

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ONE MORE WIN NEEDED… RHP Tim Hudson needs one more win for his 14th season in the big leagues with double-digit victories…Hudson won at least 11 games in each of his six seasons with the A’s…the only pitchers to post double-digit wins in a season for both Bay Area teams are Vida Blue and Barry Zito, who each did it six times with Oakland and four for San Francisco.

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BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .440 (44×100) with 21 runs, eight 2Bs, 3B, eight HRs and 28 RBI in his last 25 games.

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BRETT BOCHY… Spent most of the 2014 season with triple-A Fresno, appearing in 35 games and posting a 3.83 ERA (23er, 54.0ip) along with 47 strikeouts and 27 walks.

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TIM HUDSON… Has allowed the fourth-fewest walks per 9.0 innings in the NL (1.55).

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TIM HUDSON… Has induced 321 groundballs (second-most in NL) and 17 double-plays.

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THE GIANTS… Have won eight of their last 12 contests and have gone 15-6 in their last 21 games – tied for the best in the NL and the third best of any MLB team since Aug. 26.

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IN THE STANDINGS… San Francisco enters play today just 2.5 games back of LA for first place in the NL West with three head-to-head contests remaining (Monday-Wednesday at Dodger Stadium)…the Giants currently own the top overall NL Wild Card spot, +2.0 games ahead of the Pirates…SF’s magic number to clinch a Postseason berth stands at five games.

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