While the San Francisco Giants look to Madison Bumgarner to continue his strong start, they hope star third baseman Pablo Sandoval has not aggravated an injury that nagged him during spring training.
While Matt Cain is looking to end his longest season-opening drought in five years, the San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid their longest losing streak in almost three.
Pinch hitter Will Nieves delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is off to a strong start but routinely struggles against the Diamondbacks.
While trying to bounce back from a rough outing, Cain will also look to lead the Giants to an eighth consecutive home win and a season-high fifth in a row overall Tuesday night as he opposes the red-hot Patrick Corbin.
The San Francisco Giants have tormented divisional foes in the season’s early going. They’ll look to continue that trend Monday night when they begin a three-game series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the only NL West opponent they’ve yet to play.
Adam Eaton could evolve into one of the best top-of-the-order hitters in the league.
Brett Anderson, scheduled to start on opening day for the A’s, strained a muscle in his upper right back and left Sunday’s 7-5 win over Arizona after facing just two batters.
In spring training play, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson argued at home plate before the game over whether to use the DH. It reminded John Madden of incidents he had with other head coaches, including the late Norm ‘The Dutchman’ Van Brocklin.
Barry Zito pitched three shutout innings, Brandon Crawford had three hits and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.