MLB.com has revealed its Comeback Player of the Year for both the National and American Leagues. The NL winner is Giants catcher Buster Posey, while the AL winner is Rays closer Fernando Rodney.
The Western Division Giants will also host game 2 of the best-of-five National League Division Series on Sunday before the matchup shifts to Cincinnati.
The San Francisco Giants made a brief try to extend sudden outfield star Melky Cabrera with a new contract a few weeks ago, but the sides have agreed to put finances aside until after season, when he is due to become a free agent, sources said.
The San Francisco Giants have posted four consecutive shutout wins for the first time in franchise history. Giving the ball to Matt Cain could help the NL West leaders extend their remarkable streak.
With Cueto looking to win a career-best fifth straight start and Bumgarner seeking a fifth consecutive winning decision, the Reds and surging Giants open a four-game set Thursday night at AT&T Park.
Alexi Ogando pitched three perfect innings before leaving with a strained groin after a bunt single, combining with three relievers combined on a three-hitter and leading the Texas Rangers past the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday.
Craig Gentry had a career-high five hits and drove in two runs, Matt Harrison pitched his third career shutout and the Texas Rangers beat the short-handed San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Friday night in a rematch of the 2010 World Series.
Barry Zito pitched 8 1-3 scoreless innings for his 150th career win and Joaquin Arias snapped an 18 at-bat hitless stretch with an RBI single that led the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Barry Zito outpitched Trevor Cahill in a matchup of former Oakland Athletics All-Stars, Brandon Belt hit an RBI triple and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday.
The Oakland Athletics snapped an 11-game losing streak in San Francisco with a 6-2 victory over the Bay Area rival Giants on Sunday.