SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy joked this morning that his hitters were working on a new drill before today’s series finale against the Pirates, which the Giants need to win to avoid dropping all six game on this homestand.

SAN FRANCISCO -- At this point, after six consecutive losses in which they’ve scored a total of six runs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged the offensive struggles may have worked their way into his hitters’ heads.

Joc Pederson and Brock Peterson homered in the first inning to jump-start the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 7-4 victory over the River Cats on Tuesday night at Raley Field.

Vance Worley was back in Northern California on Monday night, pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park in front of a group of family and friends he estimated at 30 to 40, judging by the number of text messages on his phone afterward.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Matt Cain is on his way to Florida to meet with elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews, manager Bruce Bochy said today.

Right-hander Matt Buschmann allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, but the River Cats let a ninth-inning lead slip away as the Tacoma Rainiers scored twice to walk off with a 4-3 victory Monday in the rubber match of a five-game series. Buschmann walked none and struck out eight.

Most longtime Giants fans associate jersey No. 22 with Will Clark, the sweet-swinging, left-handed slugger from the “Humm Baby” days the late 1980s and early 1990s. From the way he wore thick patches of eye black on his scowling face to his swagger on the diamond, Clark was admired as much as – if not more than – any other player in the San Francisco era.

The River Cats took the lead in the top of the 14th inning on Jose Martinez’s sacrifice fly, but the Rainers answered with two runs in the home half for a 4-3 victory Sunday at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma first baseman Jesus Montero singled in Xavier Henry for the winning run.

The “fire and intensity” that manager Bruce Bochy spent two days touting about new Giants pitcher Jake Peavy showed in Peavy’s demonstrativeness on the mound in his debut Sunday.

Jake Peavy had the right kind of shoes on late Sunday night -- they just weren’t the right color. Peavy was still wearing his red shower sandals from his time with the Boston Red Sox, though he promised he was going to get rid of them and "have orange on from here on out, and bleed it with the rest of these guys."

The Giants haven’t scored a run off a starting pitcher in the first two games of this series and have one run total in 32 innings against starters over their last four games. So manager Bruce Bochy makes a small tweak at the top of the lineup for today’s series finale against the Dodgers, putting Gregor Blanco in the leadoff spot and dropping Hunter Pence to second.

Bruce Bochy described Jake Peavy in much the same way he does Hunter Pence -- "all-out and full-bore in anything he does" -- and said he expects that to resonate with the players in the Giants' clubhouse.

The injury-riddled Giants moved to bolster their starting rotation Saturday morning, acquiring veteran right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Triple-Apitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar.

BATTING

The River Cats’ 3-4-5 hitters combined for six hits and eight RBIs en route to an 8-5 victory over the host Tacoma Rainiers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday night.

So dominant has Clayton Kershaw been in his young but brilliant career at AT&T Park that any idea of home-field advantage for the Giants burns off like fog when the Dodgers’ left-hander pitches in San Francisco. Saturday, as if the task of facing Kershaw wasn’t tall enough, even the elements here seemed to conspire against the Giants on one pivotal play.

Ted Wilborn and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente have something in common. The former McClatchy High School star and the 12-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, four-time batting champion and 1966 National League MVP were both selected in the Rule 5 draft.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Standing behind the backstop at AT&T Park, having completed his first round of batting practice as a major-leaguer, Andrew Susac looked up at the seats and grinned.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The injury-riddled Giants moved to bolster their starting rotation Saturday morning, acquiring veteran right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor-league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are already playing without their starting center fielder, first baseman, workhorse starting pitcher in Matt Cain and on Friday added two infielders to their ever-expanding disabled list in Marco Scutaro and Ehire Adrianza.

With one out and the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig standing on third base following a triple, the Giants brought their infield in hoping to prevent Puig from scoring on a ground ball – in the first inning. It didn’t work, as Adrian Gonzalez lined a 2-2 pitch from Tim Lincecum into right field for an RBI single, but it did indicate the Giants felt it prudent to keep things close against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.

Three Tacoma pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Rainiers routed the River Cats 7-0 on Friday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., in the opener of a four-game series.

The Oakland Athletics have acquired minor league right-hander Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dan Uggla acknowledged he has "been in some dark places" in the last year and a half, referencing his struggles at the plate that culminated with the Atlanta Braves releasing him earlier this month. The Giants signed Uggla to a minor-league deal, and following a rash of infield injuries, he’s in San Francisco today and in the lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nick Buss went 3 for 6, finishing a home run shy of a cycle, and drove in four runs to lead the River Cats over the host El Paso Chihuahuas 13-2 on Thursday.

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija was watching TV in his hotel room after the A’s beat the Houston Astros late Wednesday night when he happened to catch a replay of Bob Melvin’s post-game interview, in which the manager was asked about the state of his bullpen for Thursday’s series finale.

OAKLAND -- When Jed Lowrie lined a home run into the right-field seats Wednesday night against the Astros, snapping a 40-game homerless drought, he said it was a result -- not necessarily a sign -- of his recent offensive resurgence.

The A’s cut ties with reliever Jim Johnson on Thursday, designating the struggling right-hander for assignment on the heels of his latest rocky outing.

Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance.

OAKLAND -- The Jim Johnson era in Oakland came to an ignominious end this morning as the struggling reliever was designated for assignment by the A’s. The move came on the heels of Johnson allowing four runs (three earned) while facing four batters in the A’s 9-7 win over the Astros on Wednesday night, raising his season ERA to 6.92.

OAKLAND -- It had been 25 games since Yoenis Cespedes homered for the A’s entering Wednesday night’s game against the Astros. Of course, with Cespedes defending his title in the Home Run Derby smack in the middle of that stretch, his career-long-tying drought might easily have gone overlooked.

The El Paso Chihuahuas pounded out 16 hits and scored in six of the eight innings they batted in a 16-7 victory over the visiting River Cats on Wednesday night.

For as opportunistic as the A’s have been, they’ve been just as selective. Their 56 stolen bases ranked ninth in the league entering Wednesday, and just below the major-league average. So, with speedsters like Craig Gentry and Coco Crisp, and such a high rate of success when it comes to thievery, why haven’t the A’s run more?

The A’s have the best record in baseball, but you won’t be able to watch their game today against Houston, the finale of a four-game series at O.co Coliseum, on TV.

OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick, reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, makes his first start for the A’s since June 28 tonight against Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock. Reddick entered Tuesday night’s extra-innings game as a late replacement and was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout.

If the Philadelphia Phillies are planning to ship closer Jonathan Papelbon off at the trade deadline, now might not be the best time to do it.

The Oakland Athletics hit balls hard all night that stayed inside the fences, so imagine their surprise when Houston connected when it counted.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the13th inning, Shane Peterson reached on a run-scoring infield single, and the River Cats went on to a 3-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas on Tuesday night.

The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday.

Daric Barton had a two-run single in Sacramento’s three-run first inning, and the River Cats went on to beat the host El Paso Chihuahuas 6-1 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

The Giants placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list Monday, topping a flurry of transactions as the team prepares to open a three-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia today.

The River Cats scored five runs over the last three innings but suffered their third straight loss, 7-6 to the host Albuquerque Isotopes on Sunday night.

Sonny Gray left the pitcher’s mound at O.co Coliseum after the top of the second inning in a flash of exasperation. He snapped his head forward, pushed his cap back on his forehead and swung his glove abruptly at the air in front of him. This despite the fact he had just struck out the Orioles’ Manny Machado to end a scoreless inning.

OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes hadn’t had an extra-base hit since June 25 before he doubled off the wall in the sixth inning Sunday. Eric Sogard had one hit in 16 at-bats dating back to June 17. He doubled that total with singles in his first two at-bats.

Brad Hand earned his first victory as a starter since 2011 when he outpitched Tim Lincecum by a margin of one curveball.

OAKLAND -- The A’s go for a series win over the Orioles today and, given the fact they lost Saturday night, might have the right pitcher starting for them today in Sonny Gray.

Sometime in the next month, likely within his next three or four starts, A’s right-hander Jesse Chavez should surpass the highest number of innings he has thrown in a professional season. With that in mind, the A’s took advantage of the All-Star break to give Chavez a longer break than most, pushing him back in the rotation to begin the second half.

OAKLAND -- Jason Hammel’s home debut with the A’s couldn’t have gone much differently than that of fellow trade acquisition Jeff Samardzija, who introduced himself to the Coliseum crowd by allowing one run in seven innings of a win.

Carlos Triunfel’s two-out solo homer in the eighth inning gave Albuquerque an 8-7 win over the visiting River Cats on Saturday.

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