SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants hope to continue an increasingly improbable run to a playoff berth in the National League when they host the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon on the second day of a three-game series.On the same day that they appeared to raise the white flag when they dealt Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees for two prospects Stephen Piscotty Jersey , the Giants (68-6smile used Aramis Garcia’s first major-league home run and Chris Shaw’s first major-league RBI to help beat the Mets 7-0 on Friday night and inch within 6 1/2 games of first-place Arizona (74-61) in the NL West.The win was the Giants’ fifth on a homestand that also has seen them lose Buster Posey and Steven Duggar to season-ending injuries.Article continues below ...The Giants, who remained eight games back in the race for the second NL wild-card berth, haven’t given up hope, as was evidenced by the sight of Posey and Pablo Sandoval, also out for the season following hamstring surgery, rooting on the club on Friday.“He’s doing fine,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey, who underwent hip surgery Monday. “He’ll be rehabbing for a while. I know he’s glad to get this part of it over, especially that first day or two, when you’re in a lot of pain.”Shaw, promoted earlier in the day to fill McCutchen’s vacated roster spot, eased a lot of the pain when he produced the Giants’ first run in the seventh inning Friday.Then Garcia, a catcher who had watched Nick Hundley do all the catching in the Arizona series that ended Wednesday http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-andrew-triggs-jersey , came through with a memorable first major-league hit — a homer off Mets reliever Robert Gsellman that triggered a six-run eighth inning.The Giants are hoping for more of the same Saturday with left-hander Derek Holland (7-8, 3.65 ERA) on the mound.The veteran is unbeaten in his last seven starts, including a five-inning outing on Aug. 20 in New York in which he limited the Mets to one run and four hits in a 2-1 win.Holland did not get a decision in the victory, and has never beaten the Mets in his career, going 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts.He is scheduled to be opposed by fellow left-hander Steven Matz (5-11, 4.36), who is winless in his last four starts, having allowed 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings.Like Holland, Matz didn’t get credit for a win when he pitched the Mets to a 6-3 home victory over the Giants on Aug. 21. He gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings.Matz is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts against the Giants.After the Giants roughed up the New York bullpen for six runs in the eighth inning Friday, the Mets called for reinforcements that are expected to join the team in time for Saturday’s game.Highly regarded reliever Eric Hanhold and minor-league mate Tim Peterson were reported to be headed west Friday night and should be ready to go when major-league rosters expand to 40 on Saturday.Hanhold, a hard-throwing right-hander, was acquired from Milwaukee as a player to be named later after the Mets dealt Neil Walker to the Brewers last September. BOSTON — Under normal circumstances, a Sunday matinee matchup between aces Jacob deGrom and Chris Sale would be must-see TV.Even on a football Sunday.They will face each other Sunday at Fenway Park Jake Smolinski Jersey , but while the New York Mets‘ deGrom continues his march toward what would be a rather unconventional Cy Young Award, Sale is scheduled to pitch only three innings as he works his way back from left shoulder inflammation.Article continues below ...Sale, the Boston Red Sox’s main guy, pitched one inning in his first stint off his second trip to the disabled list as Boston manager Alex Cora does what has to be done to get the skinny left-hander ready for the postseason.Said Cora, the day after his ace’s first outing: “He’s encouraged. Yesterday was his first big league outing and like he was all over the place and he admitted it and the game sped up with him right away with the (leadoff) double and it’s like, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I’ve got to compete.’ But he’ll be fine. At the end he struck out two, induced a popup. I know Sunday will be better.”Cora’s team reduced its magic number for clinching the American League East to four after Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Mets (coupled with the New York Yankees’ loss in New York). The first-year manager will patch things together after Sale.DeGrom has been great all year, pitching to a 1.71 ERA with incredible consistency. But a complete lack of support has him 8-9 coming into this start. Among his many individual accomplishments, he has gone 26 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer — breaking a 108-year major league record.The right-hander appears to be in a battle for the Cy Young with Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola, but both have faltered lately, Scherzer lasting four innings Friday night — his shortest outing of the season.DeGrom has eight straight starts of two earned runs or less but is 3-3 during that span.“Pitching is all about run prevention Bruce Maxwell Jersey , no matter how you do it,” Mets manager Mickey Calloway said earlier this week. “All the things that Jacob’s done this year is all about run prevention, and he’s been by far the best in Major League Baseball at it.“If you put both leagues together he should win the Cy Young out of both leagues in my mind because he’s preventing runs better than anybody else in Major League Baseball.”In another matchup twist, the only home run deGrom hit in college was off Sale.The Red Sox, beaten 8-0 Friday night, trailed the Mets 3-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning as Rick Porcello won his 17th and the team won their 102nd on Saturday.The table seems set for the Red Sox to be able to clinch the division at Yankee Stadium, which would seem to make it even sweeter for them and their fans. The rivals play three games in the Bronx starting Tuesday night.Saturday’s win brought the Red Sox back to 55 games above .500 (102-47), matching their season high. They need four wins in their last 13 games to break the franchise record for wins in a season, set in 1912.Boston is 15-4 in interleague play this season, 20-4 in their last 24 home games against the National League and 36-9 in their last 45 interleague games. A win Sunday gives them 13 straight interleague series wins.Before Saturday’s game, Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox honored David Wright, whose career will almost surely come to an end when he starts at third base for the Mets on Sept. 29. Pedroia presented Wright with a No. 5 from the manual scoreboard at Fenway.Wright and Pedroia played together on the 2009 USA team at the World Baseball Classic and also share the same agent.

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants hope to continue an increasingly improbable run to a playoff berth in the National League when they host the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon on the second day of a three-game series.On the same day that they appeared to raise the white flag when they dealt Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees for two prospects [url=http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-stephen-piscotty-jersey]Stephen Piscotty Jersey[/url] , the Giants (68-68) used Aramis Garcia’s first major-league home run and Chris Shaw’s first major-league RBI to help beat the Mets 7-0 on Friday night and inch within 6 1/2 games of first-place Arizona (74-61) in the NL West.The win was the Giants’ fifth on a homestand that also has seen them lose Buster Posey and Steven Duggar to season-ending injuries.Article continues below ...The Giants, who remained eight games back in the race for the second NL wild-card berth, haven’t given up hope, as was evidenced by the sight of Posey and Pablo Sandoval, also out for the season following hamstring surgery, rooting on the club on Friday.“He’s doing fine,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey, who underwent hip surgery Monday. “He’ll be rehabbing for a while. I know he’s glad to get this part of it over, especially that first day or two, when you’re in a lot of pain.”Shaw, promoted earlier in the day to fill McCutchen’s vacated roster spot, eased a lot of the pain when he produced the Giants’ first run in the seventh inning Friday.Then Garcia, a catcher who had watched Nick Hundley do all the catching in the Arizona series that ended Wednesday [url=http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-andrew-triggs-jersey]http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-andrew-triggs-jersey[/url] , came through with a memorable first major-league hit — a homer off Mets reliever Robert Gsellman that triggered a six-run eighth inning.The Giants are hoping for more of the same Saturday with left-hander Derek Holland (7-8, 3.65 ERA) on the mound.The veteran is unbeaten in his last seven starts, including a five-inning outing on Aug. 20 in New York in which he limited the Mets to one run and four hits in a 2-1 win.Holland did not get a decision in the victory, and has never beaten the Mets in his career, going 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts.He is scheduled to be opposed by fellow left-hander Steven Matz (5-11, 4.36), who is winless in his last four starts, having allowed 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings.Like Holland, Matz didn’t get credit for a win when he pitched the Mets to a 6-3 home victory over the Giants on Aug. 21. He gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings.Matz is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts against the Giants.After the Giants roughed up the New York bullpen for six runs in the eighth inning Friday, the Mets called for reinforcements that are expected to join the team in time for Saturday’s game.Highly regarded reliever Eric Hanhold and minor-league mate Tim Peterson were reported to be headed west Friday night and should be ready to go when major-league rosters expand to 40 on Saturday.Hanhold, a hard-throwing right-hander, was acquired from Milwaukee as a player to be named later after the Mets dealt Neil Walker to the Brewers last September. BOSTON — Under normal circumstances, a Sunday matinee matchup between aces Jacob deGrom and Chris Sale would be must-see TV.Even on a football Sunday.They will face each other Sunday at Fenway Park [url=http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-smolinski-jersey]Jake Smolinski Jersey[/url] , but while the New York Mets‘ deGrom continues his march toward what would be a rather unconventional Cy Young Award, Sale is scheduled to pitch only three innings as he works his way back from left shoulder inflammation.Article continues below ...Sale, the Boston Red Sox’s main guy, pitched one inning in his first stint off his second trip to the disabled list as Boston manager Alex Cora does what has to be done to get the skinny left-hander ready for the postseason.Said Cora, the day after his ace’s first outing: “He’s encouraged. Yesterday was his first big league outing and like he was all over the place and he admitted it and the game sped up with him right away with the (leadoff) double and it’s like, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I’ve got to compete.’ But he’ll be fine. At the end he struck out two, induced a popup. I know Sunday will be better.”Cora’s team reduced its magic number for clinching the American League East to four after Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Mets (coupled with the New York Yankees’ loss in New York). The first-year manager will patch things together after Sale.DeGrom has been great all year, pitching to a 1.71 ERA with incredible consistency. But a complete lack of support has him 8-9 coming into this start. Among his many individual accomplishments, he has gone 26 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer — breaking a 108-year major league record.The right-hander appears to be in a battle for the Cy Young with Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola, but both have faltered lately, Scherzer lasting four innings Friday night — his shortest outing of the season.DeGrom has eight straight starts of two earned runs or less but is 3-3 during that span.“Pitching is all about run prevention [url=http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-bruce-maxwell-jersey]Bruce Maxwell Jersey[/url] , no matter how you do it,” Mets manager Mickey Calloway said earlier this week. “All the things that Jacob’s done this year is all about run prevention, and he’s been by far the best in Major League Baseball at it.“If you put both leagues together he should win the Cy Young out of both leagues in my mind because he’s preventing runs better than anybody else in Major League Baseball.”In another matchup twist, the only home run deGrom hit in college was off Sale.The Red Sox, beaten 8-0 Friday night, trailed the Mets 3-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning as Rick Porcello won his 17th and the team won their 102nd on Saturday.The table seems set for the Red Sox to be able to clinch the division at Yankee Stadium, which would seem to make it even sweeter for them and their fans. The rivals play three games in the Bronx starting Tuesday night.Saturday’s win brought the Red Sox back to 55 games above .500 (102-47), matching their season high. They need four wins in their last 13 games to break the franchise record for wins in a season, set in 1912.Boston is 15-4 in interleague play this season, 20-4 in their last 24 home games against the National League and 36-9 in their last 45 interleague games. A win Sunday gives them 13 straight interleague series wins.Before Saturday’s game, Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox honored David Wright, whose career will almost surely come to an end when he starts at third base for the Mets on Sept. 29. Pedroia presented Wright with a No. 5 from the manual scoreboard at Fenway.Wright and Pedroia played together on the 2009 USA team at the World Baseball Classic and also share the same agent.
 
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