Quick Hts for September 23, 2014

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ANGEL PAGAN… Has now been absent from the lineup in six of the Giants’ seven games this road trip with back sti” ness, an ailment that he su” ered earlier in year when he missed 44 games (June-Aug.).

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TIMLINCECUM… Has made 12 relief appearances in his career (six in the postseason), going 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA (9er, 26.0ip) and a .204 opponents avg. against (19-for-93).

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ANDREW SUSAC… Delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th inning last night.

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ON THE MOUND TONIGHT… LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-9, 2.91) will be seeking his sixth consecutive winning decision and will attempt to win his fourth consecutive road start against the Dodgers… Bumgarner is 7-2 with a 1.90 ERA (13er, 61.2ip) in nine career starts here at Dodger Sta- dium (he’s 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts this season)…RHP Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.76) looks to improve to 5-0 against the Giants this season as he’s fashioned a 1.38 ERA while winning each of his four starts against SF.

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MADISON BUMGARNER… His 18 wins are a career-high for a season and are tied with Johnny Cueto and Jered Weaver for the third-most by any pitcher in the Majors this year (Kershaw, Wainwright with 20 wins)…his 18 wins are the most by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997…needs two wins over his final two starts to become the Giants’ first 20-game winner since John Burkett (22) and Bill Swift (21) in 1993…the Giants haven’t had a pitcher lead the league in wins since John Burkett in 1993 (22).

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WILD CARD – THREE TEAM RACE… The Giants and Pirates enter play today tied for the top overall NL Wild Card spot, +5.0 games ahead of the Brewers…although the Pirates have the tiebreaker for home-field advantage in a potential wild-card game between the clubs…SF’s magic number to clinch a postseason berth stands at two games (combination of SF wins and Milwaukee losses).

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MATT DUFFY… Has started nine games for the Giants (four at 2B and five at SS).

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POSEY HITTING OVER .350 ON THE ROAD… C Buster Posey leads the Majors with a .351 (93-for-265) batting average on the road this season…there have been just four Giants in SF-era history (since 1958) to hit over .350 on the road: Barry Bonds (.386 in 2002 and .359 in 1993), Melky Cabrera (.367 in 2012), Willie Mays (.367 in 1958) and Orlando Cepeda (.351 in 1963).

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MADISON BUMGARNER… urrently has a ” ve-game winning streak, going 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA (9er, 41.0ip), along with 47 strikeouts and just six walks.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… Tim Hudson, who was named to his fourth career All-Star team this season, is slated to make his 31st and final regular season start of the year.

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