TONIGHT’S STARTER – TIM HUDSON… After a 7-2 start with a 1.81 ERA (18er, 89.1ip) through June 12, RHP Tim Hudson has gone 2-7 with a 4.43 ERA (41er, 83.1ip) in his last 14 starts…he’s gone just 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA (17er, 23.0ip) against the AL…Hudson hasn’t faced Detroit since 2004, but is 9-2 with a 3.07 ERA (34er, 99.2ip) in 14 starts against them.
TIM HUDSON… Has allowed the fourth-fewest walks per 9.0 innings in the NL (1.56).
ANGEL PAGAN… Was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup after his back had tightened and played only 3.0 innings Friday night after his back tightened again during the rain delay.
BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .508 (33×65) with 19 runs, six 2Bs, 3B, seven HRs and 21 RBI in his last 15 games.
SAN FRANCISCO’S WINNING WAYS… The Giants, who are 14 games over .500, have won nine of their last 11 games and 12 of their last 17.
IN THE STANDINGS… The Giants enter play today just 2.0 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, the club’s smallest de! cit since Aug. 6…SF hasn’t been 1.0 game back of the Dodgers since Aug. 4…the Giants are a season-high 4.0 games ahead of the Brewers for the top NL Wild Card spot.
JOE PANIK… Has been the Majors’ second hottest hitter over the last month (beg. Aug. 4), batting .386 (44×114) in his last 29 games.
HUNTER PENCE… Leads NL in hits (172), is tied for first in runs (101), is second in total bases (278), tied for second in triples (10), third in multi-hit games (49), and ninth in extra base hits (58).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is hitting .369 (24×65) with six extra base hits (3 2Bs, 3B, 2 HRs), 12 RBI in last 16 games.
JUST 20 GAMES LEFT… The Giants have 20 games remaining on their regular season schedule, with 10 on the road and 10 at home…beginning Tuesday, all of the Giants’ 20 remaining games will come against the NL West (D-Backs, Dodgers and Padres), a division in which SF has gone 30-27 against…the average winning percentage of the Giants’ opponents is .491.