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Giants lose despite big day from Byrd; showdown series in L.A. up next

Outfielder hits two doubles and a triple and has four RBIs, but Giants can't overcome Heston's shaky start in loss to Cardinals. 
Giants-Dodgers matchups
Pitchers for three-game series at Dodger Stadium 

Exclusive: Lincecum talks about injuries that may end Giants career
San Francisco Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum having a difficult time recovering from hip, back soreness; right-hander might not pitch again in 2015, and he will be a free agent after this season. 

Thompson: Tomlinson can't save Giants this time
It might take more improbable heroics from rookie Kelby Tomlinson and Co. to prevent more losses like Saturday's against the Cardinals. 

Cardinals blank Giants 6-0
Missing stars too much to overcome in loss to St. Louis 

Giants beat Cardinals on Tomlinson's walk-off single in ninth
Rookie Kelby Tomblinson's bases-loaded single gives the Giants a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals 

Giants place Matt Cain on disabled list
Chris Heston to make start Sunday in place of Cain, who gets injection in pitching elbow 

Purdy: If the Giants can just hang in there, overtaking the Dodgers is a good possibility
The Giants have so many injuries, but with players like Madison Bumgarner and Kelby Tomlinson, they could be 'playing for a ring' 

Giants-Cardinals matchups
Pitchers for three-game series at AT&T Park 

Bumgarner pitches Giants past Cubs, leaves offense to Byrd
San Francisco Giants drub the Chicago Cubs 9-1 as Madison Bumgarner whiffs 12 in six innings, Marlon Byrd slams three-run homer, and rookie Kelby Tomlinson hits a grand slam for his first career homer.  

Short-handed Giants beat Cubs 4-2
Crawford, Blanco unavailable, but Giants win behind strong outing by Peavy 

Chicago Cubs making it hard for Giants to be wild about wild-card chances
Giants fall even further back in wild-card chase in 8-5 series-opening loss to Cubs. 

Giants-Cubs pitching matchup
Probable pitchers for Giants' three-game home series against Chicago Cubs 

Why Gregor Blanco might be Giants' most indispensable outfielder
Says Giants manager Bruce Bochy, 'I hate to call him a fourth outfielder.'  

Giants lose to Pirates, finish road trip at 2-5
Thanks to slumping Dodgers, S.F. comes home just 11/2 games out of first place in N.L. West 

Angel Pagan making fast improvement, but Joe Panik not so much
Bruce Bochy says Pagan might be activated Tuesday but that Panik's target date is only the first week of September 

Pirates beat Giants on walk-off home run
Pirates hit three home runs, beat Giants 3-2 on Starling Marte's two-out shot in the bottom of the ninth. 

Byrd, Bumgarner star in Giants win
Marlon Byrd homers in first Giants at-bat, Madison Bumgarner goes deep again and Giants hang on late to beat Pittsburgh Pirates 

Giants option Chris Heston to Sacramento
Chris Heston unlikely to pitch in Sacramento, and might not even report there, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy wants him to get some rest. 

Giants blanked by Pirates, add Byrd to mix
San Francisco falls to 1-3 on road trip against N.L.'s top two teams 

With Pence on D.L., Giants acquire outfielder Marlon Byrd from Reds
San Francisco Giants give up minor league pitcher to get Byrd, who has hit 19 homers this season; Aoki activated from concussion disabled list. 

Giants come up short; Cardinals win series
Cain has solid outing, but bullpen can't hold lead as Molina hits tiebreaking homer off Strickland in eighth  

Giants-Pirates matchups
Pitchers for four-game series in Pittsburgh 

Madison Bumgarner's pinch hit spurs San Francisco Giants in 2-0 win over St. Louis Cardinals
Loss of Hunter Pence for at least two weeks is set aside briefly as Bumgarner gets the first pinch-hit of his career leading to an inusurance run and Ryan Vogelsong delivers a strong start. 

Thompson: Banged-up Giants are a team to be feared
If the Giants remain in the playoff chase after a brutal August schedule, the rest of the National League had better be worried. 

Cardinals edge Giants 2-1
St. Louis scores go-ahead run in eighth inning as Giants suffer tough loss to open seven-game trip 

Giants-Cardinals matchups
Pitchers for three-game series in St. Louis 

Bumgarner's arm, bat power Giants to sweep of Nationals
Bumgarner allows three hits, strikes out 14 on the mound and has a home run and an RBI double at the plate in win over Washington  

Giants rout Nationals
Matt Duffy has two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Giants past the Nationals 

Brewers minor leaguer first active ballplayer to come out as gay
A minor league player for the Milwaukee Brewers has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.  

 
 
 
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