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Homeward Bound

Quick Hits for September 24, 2014

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is hitting .421 (16×38) with four 2Bs, HR and seven RBI in his last 11 games.

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SERGIO ROMO… Has allowed just two runs in his last 22 appearances (0.98 ERA, 18.1ip), recording 23 strikeouts and issuing three walks in that span (.169 opponents avg. against).

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GOING HOME… The Giants host the Padres for a four-game series starting tomorrow night that will conclude the regular season…the Giants have won 10 of their last 12 home contests and have been one of the best teams at home beginning July 30, going 14-5 (.737)…only the Cardinals (.759, 22-7), Orioles (.742, 23-8) and Padres (.741, 20-7) have been better at home since that date.

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WILD RACE TO FINISH… The Giants trail the Pirates by 1.0 game for home-field advantage in the one-game wild-card round, and hold a +5.0 game edge over the Brewers for the second slot…Pittsburgh is just 1.5 games behind St. Louis for the NL Central crown and the Giants hold the tiebreaker for home-field advantage over St. Louis should the Giants and Cardinals end up in the wild card game next Wednesday.

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JOE PANIK… Is hitting .347 (61×176) since Aug. 4, which is the fourth-highest in the NL since that date.

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WHEN SCORING FOUR OR MORE… The Giants have won 37 of their last 40 contests in which they have scored at least four runs…SF is 71-13 (.845) overall in such games.

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ON THE MOUND… RHP Tim Hudson (9-12, 3.52) looks to regroup after two rough outings where he’s combined to allow 11 runs (10er) on 15 hits in just 5.1 innings…Hudson is 6-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 16 starts against the Dodgers, however has lost his last three decisions, going 0-3 with a 5.85 ERA in his past four starts…LHP Clayton Kershaw (20-3, 1.80) has gone 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in three starts against SF this season…the Giants have defeated Kershaw three times in 13 starts here at Dodger Stadium.

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BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .417 (50×120) with 21 runs, eight 2Bs, 3B, eight HRs and 28 RBI in his last 30 games.

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TIM HUDSON… Needs one more win for his 14th season in the big leagues with double-digit victories….is attempting to tie Mark Buehrle for the most seasons in a career with 10+ wins among active pitchers…Hudson has 13 such seasons while Buehrle has 14.

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TIM HUDSON… 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.

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.

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.

Quick Hits for September 17, 2014

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… Tim Hudson is slated to make his 18th career appearance against the Padres, his 17th start… has gone 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts against them this season, tossing three quality outings…has received a total of just seven runs of support in his four starts versus SD this season.

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BUSTER POSEY… Leads the Majors with a .362 avg. (89×246) on the road.

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A LOT OF WINS… LHP Madison Bumgarner’s 18 wins are a career-high for a season and are the most by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997… Bumgarner needs two wins over his final three starts to become the Giants’ first 20-game winner since John Burkett (22) and Bill Swift (21) in 1993.

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ANDREW SUSAC… Is 16-for-47 (.340) with three homers and 17 RBI in his last 12 starts.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 24-for-his-last-61 (.393) with 30 RBI with runners in scoring position.

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MADISON BUMGARNER… The 25-year-old left-hander will make his 32nd start of the season…the two-time All-Star (2013, 2014) has gone 18-9 with a 2.91 ERA along with four complete games (two shutouts) in 31 starts, with the Giants going 19-12 in his outings (12-4 on the road and 7-8 at home).

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MADISON BUMGARNER… His 18 wins are a career-high for a season and are tied with Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright for the second-most by any pitcher in the Majors this year (Kershaw has 19 wins)…his 18 wins are the most by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997…needs two wins over his final three 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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IN THE STANDINGS… San Francisco enters today’s game just 3.0 games back of LA for first place in the NL West with three head-to-head contests remaining… the Giants currently own the top overall NL Wild Card spot, +2.5 games ahead of the Pirates…SF’s magic number to clinch a Postseason berth stands at eight games.

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FINAL COUNTDOWN… The Giants have 11 games remaining on their regular season schedule, with seven on the road and four at home…all of the Giants’ 11 remaining games will come against the NL West (D-Backs, Dodgers and Padres), a division in which SF has gone 35-30 (.538) against.

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GIANT OFFENSE – ONE OF THE BEST SINCE THE BREAK… The Giants’ offense has been one of the best in baseball since the All-Star break, ranking first in team batting average and batting average with runners in scoring position, second in runs/game and fourth in team OPS.

Milestone Recognition

The Giants celebrated a few milestones before the game tonight: Bruce Bochy’s 1600th win, Yusmeiro Petit’s 46 consecutive retired batters, and Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy’s 2000th strike out.

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