Jay Bruce homered in his career-high fifth straight game, connecting off Madison Bumgarner and leading the Cincinnati Reds over the slumping San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday.
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San Francisco is searching for pitchers, and Kansas City is a team with which it could consider making a deal, Jerry Crasnick reports.
For Jeremy Hellickson, the Phillies want a player who "isn't your best prospect, but would fit somewhere in your top five," reports Jayson Stark.
Lineup: Giants (59-41) vs. Reds (39-61)
- 1. Gregor Blanco, CF (L)
- 2. Angel Pagan, LF (S)
- 3. Mac Williamson, RF (R)
- 4. Buster Posey, C (R)
- 5. Brandon Crawford, SS (L)
- 6. Brandon Belt, 1B (L)
- 7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (L)
- 8. Ramiro Pena, 2B (S)
- 9. Madison Bumgarner, LHP (R) Daily notes
Giants serving up HRs at alarming rate
In the 10 games since the All-Star break, San Francisco pitchers have allowed an MLB-high 23 home runs. That's the most allowed by a Giants team in a 10-game span since August 1998, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Matt Cain hit a three-run homer during his first win in more than two months, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-7 on Tuedsday night.
The Cincinnati Reds are getting deeper into trade discussion surrounding right fielder Jay Bruce, with at least four teams interested in the slugger.
The Giants have lost eight of nine games to start the second half, a trend that historically has not boded well for a team's playoff chances.
Small chance Giants trade Phil Bickford
Bickford is the one Giants prospect who has made a big leap this season, with strong numbers in A-ball. The Giants aren't afraid to supplement their big league roster this time of year, but Bickford looks like the future replacement for Matt Cain or Jake Peavy. Schoenfield: Untouchable players for all 30 teams
Giants in midst of pitching meltdown
Pitching was San Francisco's strength during the first half of season, but that hasn't been the case since the All-Star break. As a result, the Giants' are an MLB-worst 1-8 since then.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP
San Francisco is reportedly looking across MLB for strong relief options at fair prices ahead of next Monday's trade deadline.
Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers to help Anthony DeSclafani remain unbeaten, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Monday night.
What does the future hold for Posey?
Buster Posey is all about durability, and he appears to be built to last for the long run. ZiPS has his projected career WAR higher than that of one of the Hall of Famers inducted on Sunday. #MLBRank: Forecasting the future
Giants lose grip on No. 1 ranking
Hate to burst your bubble Giants fans, but San Francisco's run atop our Power Rankings was short-lived. The team is down two spots in this week's edition following a six-game losing streak. Who's the new No. 1? Week 16 Power Rankings
Giants and Jeffress are natural fit
Jim Bowden has noticed how much interest the Brewers have received regarding their relievers. It would make sense to take advantage of the market, Bowden writes, with San Francisco atop the list for right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. Top trade targets/best fits (Insider)
B'day greetings for Barry Bonds
The former Pirates and Giants slugger and current Marlins hitting coach turns 52 on Sunday. Help him blow out the candles by watching these blows from his big league career.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira hit early solo home runs and the New York Yankees beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Sunday.
Aroldis Chapman's days as closer for the Yankees are apparently numbered, with the team reportedly telling other squads it is close to trading its left-handed closer.
Giants finally rebound on the mound
Led by Johnny Cueto, who pitched six strong innings, the Giants sent seven pitchers to the mound Saturday to earn their first victory of the second half.
Giants vs Nationals
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