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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
Kensuke Tanaka has ignited the Giants since his arrival Tuesday.
The Giants lost his first two games, but he got a hit in each, made a homer-preventing catch and brought some fun and smiles to a sinking team.
On Thursday, the Giants earned their first win with Tanaka aboard, and Tanaka had a lot to do with the victory.
He went 2-for-4 with two singles, one that drove in the tying run (2-2) and one that began a rally that broke the tie and led to San Francisco's 4-2 win in San Diego.
"I have been able to show my style in the big leagues -- what I'm good at," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I think I have been able to do something to help the team a little bit."
Tanaka was awful in spring training, making seven errors while getting overmatched at the plate. That was when he was a second baseman. Now he's a left fielder. The position is new to him, but he has not only has handled it but he has made an impact.
His new teammates feed off him, too.
After scoring the tiebreaking run, Tanaka returned to the dugout, where he was greeted with a bow by Pablo Sandoval.
Tanaka is 4-for-12 (.333) with one RBI through three games.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 2-8
NEXT: Giants (Chad Gaudin, 2-1, 2.44) at Padres (Sean O'Sullivan, 2013 debut)
--RHP Santiago Casilla threw a bullpen session Thursday. "He looked good," said manager Bruce Bochy, who added that Casilla could be activated within the next day or two. Casilla, who has been on the disabled list since May 21, is recovering from right knee surgery.
--RHP Ryan Vogelsong (fractured right hand) had a bullpen session Thursday that manager Bruce Bochy described as successful. Vogelsong threw about 30 pitches, all fastballs. He could return to the Giants in August.
--RHP Chad Gaudin will be making his sixth start of the season when he faces the Padres on Friday. Gaudin received a no-decision in his last outing on July 7 against the Dodgers. He will be making his second career start against the Padres. Gaudin is 1-0 with 1.72 ERA in eight appearances against San Diego.
--RHP George Kontos began his three-game suspension Thursday stemming from a June 11 incident with Andrew McCutchen, when he hit the Pirates star with a pitch. Kontos will be eligible to return for Sunday's series finale at San Diego.
--LHP Mike Kickham was demoted back to Triple-A Fresno following Wednesday's loss to the New York Mets. Kickham, who was brought up Tuesday, threw 5 1/3 innings of relief Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks.
--RHP Jean Machi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. Machi has gone 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 games this season with the Giants.
--LHP Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning but limited the Padres to one hit and no runs over the next six innings in Thursday's win. Bumgarner (10-5), who is headed to next week's All-Star game, held the Padres to four hits overall with six strikeouts and a walk, which was intentional, in seven innings. He is 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA this season against National League West opponents.
--3B Pablo Sandoval hit a solo home run Thursday against the Padres, his first homer since launching one May 21 against the Nationals. The home run ended a drought of 101 at-bats. "He said he's feeling better at the plate and seeing the ball better," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Coming into this game, I think his confidence has grown a bit."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think I made much of (an adjustment). I feel like I made some good pitches in the first and they just happened to hit them. But I just kept making pitches and throwing strikes and trying to get the first guy in the inning. They still hit some balls hard. They just happened to be right at our defenders, so it worked out in our favor." -- LHP Madison Bumgarner, who allowed two runs in the first inning Thursday but none in the next six innings during the Giants' 4-2 win over the Padres.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Santiago Casilla (right tibia cyst) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He had surgery May 28. He began a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on June 30. He threw a bullpen session July 11, and he could be activated before the All-Star break.
--C Hector Sanchez (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list July 9.
--INF Joaquin Arias (appendicitis) went on the 15-day disabled list July 8, one day after he underwent an emergency appendectomy.
--RHP Ryan Vogelsong (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 8. He underwent surgery May 21. He threw off flat ground July 1. He threw a bullpen session July 11, but there is no timetable for his return.
--CF Angel Pagan (torn left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL July 5. An MRI revealed bursitis, and he received a cortisone shot May 29. He began a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on June 20, but he fell while running the bases and was carted off. He had surgery June 25, and he's out until September.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Chad Gaudin
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Javier Lopez
LHP Jose Mijares
RHP George Kontos (suspended)
RHP Sandy Rosario
RHP Jake Dunning
RHP Jean Machi
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Tony Abreu
INF Nick Noonan
LF Andres Torres
CF Gregor Blanco
RF Hunter Pence
OF/INF Kensuke Tanaka