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Stratton solves LA, sends Giants home with win

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LOS ANGELES -- For the Giants, Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers represented a satisfying conclusion to an often-rigorous three-city trip.

For Chris Stratton, the game ideally will be remembered as one in a series of triumphs that perpetuate a successful big league career.

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LOS ANGELES -- For the Giants, Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers represented a satisfying conclusion to an often-rigorous three-city trip.

For Chris Stratton, the game ideally will be remembered as one in a series of triumphs that perpetuate a successful big league career.

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Stratton (8-4) demonstrated why he's the Giants' leading winner as he enabled them to avoid being swept in the three-game series against their archrivals. Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run homers to account for San Francisco's scoring.

Stratton prevailed while yielding only an unearned run and three hits in six innings. He issued one walk, affirming that he would not beat himself.

This victory was topped by a dab of long-term significance for Stratton, since it demonstrated his adaptability. He entered the game with subpar career statistics against Los Angeles: a 1-3 record with a 7.94 ERA in six appearances, including five starts. Stratton hopes to pitch for the Giants for a long time. To accomplish that, he would have to establish a measure of effectiveness against the Dodgers, a team he might face five or six times each season.

"It's a big challenge," said Stratton, 27. "Every pitcher has his strengths and every hitter has his weaknesses. You can exploit them only so long before they make an adjustment."

Video: SF@LAD: Stratton gets Puig to ground into a DP

Sunday, Stratton was the one to adjust. The right-hander discovered early in the game that he lacked his best fastball. Yet he managed to survive with his other deliveries, retiring 11 of the final 12 batters he confronted.

"I definitely had to mix it up today, without the fastball," Stratton said.

Fortunately for Stratton, his curveball and changeup remained sharp. He also had Hundley and Belt on his side. Their homers were the only hits surrendered by Dodgers starter Caleb Ferguson, who lasted five innings.

Hundley planted his drive halfway up the left-field pavilion. According to Statcast™, it traveled a projected 432 feet -- his deepest among his eight home runs this season.

Belt's opposite-field clout to left was his first homer since May 20, a gap that includes the 13 games he missed following his appendectomy at the beginning of June. Despite the unwanted time off, he still leads the team with 12 home runs.

Video: SF@LAD: Belt rips a 2-run homer to left-center

Belt believed strongly that he wouldn't need a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment to regain his hitting stroke. He flied out to the warning track Saturday in his first at-bat since being sidelined.

"The way I was feeling in the batting cage, I figured that I would be all right," he said.

As Stratton prepared to leave Dodger Stadium, he said, "It seems like we've been on the road for a month and a half." That observation was repeated minutes later in a different corner of the clubhouse, almost verbatim and without prompting, by Hundley.

The Giants should soon regain their equilibrium. They finished 4-6 on this trip, but they can look forward to playing 20 of their next 26 games at home, where they own a 19-11 record and average five runs a game. By contrast, they're 16-26 on the road, with a 3.5 run-per-game average.

Video: SF@LAD: Strickland fans Bellinger, earns the save

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The Giants ended their streak of 11 consecutive games at Dodger Stadium in which they scored two runs or fewer, dating back to last year.

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Hundley's first-inning home run was a no-doubter, his third-longest since Statcast™ went online in 2015. Mac Williamson's 464-foot clout April 23 off Washington's Shawn Kelley remains the Giants' longest of the year.

Video: SF@LAD: Hundley crushes a 2-run homer to left

Established as one of the more offensively potent backup catchers in the Majors, Hundley has accumulated three homers and eight RBIs in nine games since May 27. But he's not dwelling on the statistics generated by his hitting prowess.

"I'm focused on the next game, the next at-bat," he said.

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Left-hander Andrew Suarez, who's scheduled to start Monday's series opener for the Giants, will undergo an education in pitching. The rookie will be facing Miami for the second game in a row and must make adjustments to perform adequately. Suarez will begin that process with the first pitch, which is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT at AT&T Park. Suarez will be opposed by Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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No. 2 overall pick Bart signs for record bonus

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LOS ANGELES -- The Giants officially launched the Joey Bart era Sunday. The first order of business for the Georgia Tech catcher is to loosen up.

Bart, San Francisco's top selection in the MLB Draft earlier this month, signed for a $7.025 million bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis. The figure represents the largest upfront bonus ever given to a position player.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Giants officially launched the Joey Bart era Sunday. The first order of business for the Georgia Tech catcher is to loosen up.

Bart, San Francisco's top selection in the MLB Draft earlier this month, signed for a $7.025 million bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis. The figure represents the largest upfront bonus ever given to a position player.

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• Draft Tracker: Every Giants pick

Bart's bonus wasn't disproportionately high, since his pre-Draft slot figure as the No. 2 overall pick was $7,494,600. The Giants are banking on Bart to be worth the expenditure.

History is on the Giants' side.

Their previous No. 2 overall pick, first baseman Will Clark, helped transform the franchise after he was plucked from Mississippi State in 1985. The last catcher they drafted in the first round, Florida State University product Buster Posey, played a major role in the Giants' trio of San Francisco-era World Series-winning seasons.

Video: Joey Bart on being 2nd overall pick

First things first, however. General manager Bobby Evans pointed out in a text message that Bart hasn't performed competitively since May 23. So the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder will join San Francisco's other draftees in a mini-camp at the organization's Scottsdale, Ariz., training facility. Once Bart's again game-ready, he'll join the Giants' Class A Short-Season Salem-Keizer affiliate.

Though Bart is projected as a catcher, Giants scouting director John Barr said the right-handed hitter possesses the athleticism to switch positions if necessary.

This season as a junior, Bart led the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting average (.359), finished second in slugging percentage (.632) and hits (79) and ranked among the league's top 10 in home runs (16), runs scored (55) and on-base percentage (.471). Defensively, he had a career-best .992 fielding percentage.

Bart was named the ACC Player of the Year, the first Georgia Tech player to win the award since Mark Teixeira in 2000. He was also named first team All-America and first team All-ACC, as well as ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Including Bart, the Giants have come to terms with 23 of their first 25 selections and 29 of their first 33.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Father-son MLB duos led by familiar name

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You don't have to be the son of a Major Leaguer to become one yourself, but hey, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Baseball bloodlines are strong, whether these sons grew up in big league clubhouses, benefited from their father's expert coaching, or simply inherited some good genes. And so it's hardly rare to see familiar names from a previous generation resurface in MLB.

You don't have to be the son of a Major Leaguer to become one yourself, but hey, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Baseball bloodlines are strong, whether these sons grew up in big league clubhouses, benefited from their father's expert coaching, or simply inherited some good genes. And so it's hardly rare to see familiar names from a previous generation resurface in MLB.

With Father's Day being celebrated on Sunday, now is a good time to recognize some of these impressive multi-generation duos.

There are some notable sons of Hall of Famers in the Minor Leagues (see Vladimir Guerrero Jr.), and Ivan Rodriguez saw his son Dereck debut with the Giants on May 29. He joined other second-generation players, such as Cam Bedrosian (son of Steve), Delino DeShields Jr., Dee Gordon (son of Tom) and Travis Shaw (son of Jeff).

But none of them make this list of the best father-son duos in Major League history -- at least not yet.

Baseball-Reference.com's Wins above replacement (WAR) was used as a rough guideline, with preference given to pairs in which both players achieved significant success. That's why each player on the list accrued at least 10 career WAR, while some other duos that include a Hall of Famer (Yogi Berra, Tony Gwynn, Tony Perez and Tim Raines, for example) were not included.

All pairs are listed with the father first, and each player's career WAR in parenthesis.

1. Bobby Bonds (57.9) and Barry Bonds (162.8)
No player in MLB history has racked up more WAR as a position player than the younger Bonds, a seven-time MVP Award winner who owns the single-season and career home run records and pretty much rewrote baseball in the early 2000s. Only allegations of performance-enhancing drug use have kept him waiting for Cooperstown's call. And while Barry overshadows his father, Bobby shouldn't be underrated. The two Bondses are the only two players in history to combine for at least 300 career home runs with at least 400 steals, as well as the only two to go 20-20 in 10 different seasons.

Video: MLB Network recognizes career, life of Bobby Bonds

2. Ken Griffey Sr. (34.5) and Ken Griffey Jr. (83.8)
This pair actually played together with the 1990-91 Mariners, famously smacking back-to-back home runs against the Angels on Sept. 14, 1990. At the time, Griffey Sr. was finishing up a 19-year career that included three All-Star selections and a pair of World Series rings with the Big Red Machine. While he was more steady than spectacular -- logging an OPS+ between 96 and 129 in 14 seasons -- his son became a megastar. With 630 home runs and 10 Gold Glove Awards, Griffey Jr. cruised into Cooperstown on the first ballot in 2016.

Video: 24 Stories: The Griffeys, a father and son together

3. Felipe Alou (42.2) and Moises Alou (39.9)
This isn't even the whole baseball family. Felipe's brothers, Jesus and Matty, both played 15 seasons in the Majors, with the latter also producing more than 20 WAR. Their cousin Jose Sosa, pitched briefly in MLB, and their nephew Mel Rojas pitched 10 seasons and collected 126 saves. But just between the two of them, Felipe and Moises played 34 MLB seasons and racked up more than 4,200 hits, 500 home runs and 750 doubles. And that doesn't include Felipe's 14 years as a manager in Montreal and San Francisco.

Video: 1997 WS Gm5: Alou's three-run home run

4. Ray Boone (25.7) and Bob Boone (27.4)
There actually have been four big league Boones across three generations, and this pair could just as easily include either of Bob's sons, Bret (22.8 WAR) or Aaron (13.5 WAR), who's also a first-year manager with the Yankees. Bob, a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, played 19 MLB seasons and ranks third all-time with 2,225 career games caught. His father, Ray, posted a 114 OPS+ in 13 seasons as an infielder, snagging a pair of All-Star selections.

Video: PHI@HOU GM 5: Boone drives in two with a single

5. Mel Stottlemyre (40.8) and Todd Stottlemyre (21.1)
For some reason, MLB's father/son duos are heavily tilted toward position players, with the Stottlemyres two of just four pitchers on this list. Mel made five All-Star teams in 11 seasons with the Yankees and posted a career 112 ERA+, but he might have been even better as a pitching coach, earning five World Series rings in that role with the Yanks after winning one with the Mets. Mel also had two sons pitch in the Majors, and while Mel Jr. lasted just one season, Todd carved out a 14-year career in which he threw more than 2,000 innings and won rings with the 1992 and '93 Blue Jays.

Video: A closer look at Mel Stottlemyre's career

6. Jose Cruz (54.4) and Jose Cruz Jr. (19.5)
Like Felipe Alou, Jose Cruz was one of a trio of MLB brothers, with Hector spending nine seasons in the bigs and Tommy getting a couple cups of coffee. Jose played 19 MLB seasons, including 13 with the Astros, and he ranks among that franchise's all-time leaders in many offensive categories, including third in WAR, hits, and stolen bases, and first in triples. His son became the third overall pick in the 1995 Draft and put together a solid 12-year career of his own, including a 30-30 campaign for Toronto in 2001.

Video: Astros Retired Number: No. 25, Jose Cruz

7. Gus Bell (15.4) and Buddy Bell (66.3)
Like the Boones, the Bells have three generations of Major Leaguers, the most recent of which features brothers (David and Mike). While David essentially equaled Gus' WAR total, Gus was a four-time All-Star outfielder with the Reds in the 1950s. Buddy made five Midsummer Classics himself, winning six Gold Glove Awards at the hot corner and producing four seasons of at least 6 WAR. Only nine players who have spent at least two-thirds of their career at third base have accrued more value.

8. Sandy Alomar (10.5) and Roberto Alomar (67.1)
Mainly a second baseman, Sandy Alomar generated most of his value from his glove and his baserunning over 15 seasons, recording 227 steals. Yet he had two sons who enjoyed even more successful careers, with the younger Sandy becoming a Rookie of the Year Award winner and six-time All-Star catcher, and Roberto developing into a Hall of Fame second baseman. The latter made 12 straight All-Star squads from 1990-2001, captured 10 Gold Glove Awards and won a pair of World Series titles with the 1992-93 Blue Jays.

Video: 1998 ASG: Alomar rips three hits, including homer

9. Dizzy Trout (46.2) and Steve Trout (13.3)
While there's no relation to Mike Trout, these two did plenty well. Dizzy (given name: Paul) spent most of his 15-year career with the Tigers and pitched in more than 500 games. He was a two-time All-Star and finished as the AL MVP runner-up to teammate Hal Newhouser in 1944, when he led the AL with 40 starts, 33 complete games, 351 1/3 innings and a 2.12 ERA. The next year, Dizzy helped Detroit to a World Series victory over the Cubs. For his part, Steve was the eighth overall pick in the 1976 Draft by the White Sox and started more than 200 big league games over 12 seasons.

10. Cecil Fielder (17.2) and Prince Fielder (23.6)
Both father and son were imposing, powerful sluggers. Both, amazingly, finished with exactly 319 career home runs. Cecil placed second in the AL MVP race with the Tigers in both 1990 and '91, when he walloped a combined 95 home runs and drove in 265. Prince reached the 50-homer mark himself in 2007 and was an even more accomplished hitter than his father, with a career 134 OPS+. Unfortunately, a neck injury forced him into an early retirement at age 32 in 2016.

Video: Fielder's most memorable MLB career moments

Some other notable pairs:
• Randy Hundley and Todd Hundley
• Julian Javier and Stan Javier
• Dave LaRoche and Adam LaRoche
• Vern Law and Vance Law
• Gary Matthews Sr. and Gary Matthews Jr.
• Hal McRae and Brian McRae

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

Bahr fans nine for Class A Augusta

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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California League pitchers are learning the hard way that Jo Adell's power is for real.

Adell, the Angels' No. 1 prospect (No. 53 overall), connected on a leadoff home run before finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs as he led Class A Advanced Inland Empire past Rancho Cucamonga, 3-1.

The homer was Adell's fifth in his past 10 games, during which he also has collected at least three hits on five occasions while hitting an even .500 (21-for-42).

The 19-year-old outfielder has hit eight home runs in 25 games since being promoted to Inland Empire, while his season total now sits at 14 homers in 50 games including his time with Class A Burlington.

What's more, Adell's last four home runs have all come in the first inning -- something he also did twice with Burlington.

Altogether, the 2017 No. 10 overall Draft pick owns a .318/.373/.617 slash line with 30 extra-base hits, 47 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in his first full season.

Adell blasts leadoff homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 31 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 2) posted his second straight scoreless start, working five strong frames in Double-A Midland's win against Frisco. The 20-year-old left-hander scattered three hits with two walks and one strikeout while throwing 45 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He's allowed just one earned run on nine hits in 15 innings over his past three starts. Catcher Sean Murphy (A's No. 6, No. 92 overall) helped his pitcher by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored. He's gone deep three times in his past seven games, giving him seven homers in 53 games for the season.

Luzardo fans first batter of day

• No. 47 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers' No. 2) wrapped up his week by notching a win in his longest start this season for Class A West Michigan. Working seven scoreless innings, the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts. Now 10 starts into his season, Manning owns a 3.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 2/3 innings. Jose Azocar (No. 17) paced the Whitecaps' offense by going 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. After struggling in the Florida State League to begin his season, Azocar has produced a .304/.353/.506 batting line since a demotion to West Michigan.

Manning finishes seven scoreless

• No. 74 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros' No. 4) came off the disabled list to hit a two-run homer, his seventh, that helped power Double-A Corpus Christi to an 8-6 win over San Antonio. The 20-year-old outfielder actually hit a pair of home runs on Saturday, only to have the game canceled due to weather. Regardless, Alvarez, after finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs on Sunday, has now hit in 12 straight games dating back to April 25.

Alvarez goes yard

Blue Jays No. 17 prospect Ryan Noda stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance for Class A Lansing that included his eighth home run of the season and seventh in his past 10 games. The 2017 15th-rounder has been on a tear since the beginning of June, hitting .400/.463/.889 with eight extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 12 games.

Brewers No. 21 prospect Trey Supak was a tough-luck loser despite turning in his best Double-A start in Biloxi's 2-1 loss against Mississippi. He allowed two runs but both were unearned as the result of his own second-inning error. Otherwise, the 22-year-old righty allowed just four hits and matched his season high with eight strikeouts over six strong innings. Keston Hiura (No. 1, No. 45 overall) had another strong game at the plate for the Shuckers as he finished 2-for-5 with a double. The 21-year-old second baseman owns a .383/.431/.550 batting line in 16 games since his June 1 promotion to the Southern League.

Dodgers No. 23 prospect Tony Gonsolin posted a career-high nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk as he completed seven innings for the second time this season in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Gonsolin allowed one earned run on four hits and generated another eight outs via ground balls, throwing 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 24-year-old righty owns a 2.97 ERA over 14 starts, with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 2/3 innings.

Giants No. 28 prospect Jason Bahr allowed one earned run on two hits (one being a solo homer) in a no-decision for Class A Augusta. He issued two walks and struck out nine in the outing to push his season total to 88, second most in the South Atlantic League, through 68 2/3 innings (13 starts). He's pitched to a 2.75 ERA and held hitters to a .211 average in that span.

Indians No. 5 prospect Nolan Jones' two-run home run accounted for all of Class A Lake County's offense in a 6-2 loss against Bowling Green. Finishing 2-for-4, Jones was the lone Captains player to tally multiple hits. The 20-year-old third baseman is having a strong first full season, with a .276/.395/.442 batting line and eight home runs through 55 games. He's been especially hot of late, too, with 17 hits and a .447 average across his past 10 contests.

Video: Top Prospects: Nolan Jones, 3B, Indians

Indians No. 25 prospect Tyler Krieger hit a pair of home runs, stole two bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate for Double-A Akron. He's homered five times this season and thrice in his past two contests after connecting on a solo shot Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder-second baseman's batting average jumped from .210 to .229 with the five-hit performance, the second of his career.

Rays No. 26 prospect Resly Linares was lights-out for five innings as he recorded his first win of the season for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty allowed just one hit in the performance, issuing one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches in the outing, 47 for strikes.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Bumgarner's quality start not enough for Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- Madison Bumgarner's dominance wasn't quite there Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His durability, however, began to emerge.

This combination yielded a predictable result. Bumgarner threw 112 pitches, matching Derek Holland's May 18 effort for the most by a Giants pitcher this season. Because this was just Bumgarner's third start since he recovered from his fractured pinkie, some of those deliveries lacked velocity or precision. Two of them were smacked for home runs by Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez, who powered the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory.

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LOS ANGELES -- Madison Bumgarner's dominance wasn't quite there Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His durability, however, began to emerge.

This combination yielded a predictable result. Bumgarner threw 112 pitches, matching Derek Holland's May 18 effort for the most by a Giants pitcher this season. Because this was just Bumgarner's third start since he recovered from his fractured pinkie, some of those deliveries lacked velocity or precision. Two of them were smacked for home runs by Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez, who powered the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory.

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Video: SF@LAD: Kemp opens scoring with 12th homer of season

Offense remained the Giants' most significant shortcoming. They have scored two or fewer runs in 11 consecutive games here, dating back to last season. Saturday, they mustered four hits, all singles, off Dodgers starter Alex Wood and four relievers. San Francisco collected three of those hits in the fifth inning, which rendered most of the game a trifle dull.

Video: SF@LAD: Hanson plates Williamson with a sac fly

At least the Giants and their faithful could watch Bumgarner use his now-familiar slinging motion to work six innings. He surrendered three runs and five hits, walking four and striking out three. He hasn't quite returned to the level that earned him four All-Star selections and unofficial hero status in the 2014 postseason.

"Each time out I've felt better and better," Bumgarner said. "That's the only thing you can ask for. I don't know how long [it will take], but I'm trying to get better as fast as I can."

Video: SF@LAD: Bumgarner ends bases-loaded threat in the 4th

Said catcher Buster Posey, "I feel like the fastball was jumping a little bit more tonight. He's only going to get stronger as he goes on."

"It showed that he has his strength and stamina," manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner's performance.

Bumgarner may have company. Johnny Cueto believes he needs two more Minor League injury rehabilitation starts before he can rejoin the Giants' starting rotation. Jeff Samardzija is said to need only one more start to prepare adequately for big league action. The Giants' hopes for making noise in the National League West race would soar if Bumgarner, Samardzija and Cueto all peak in the season's second half.

Bumgarner's progress might be stalled if he had to face Hernandez all the time. The Dodgers handyman hits Bumgarner violently and consistently, batting .455 (15-for-33) lifetime with four homers off him.

Video: SF@LAD: Hernandez clubs a 2-run homer to left-center

"It's no secret I've thrown a ton of curveballs the last few times against him," Bumgarner said. "He made the adjustment."

Relating that he initially tried to subdue Hernandez with fastballs at the outset of their confrontations, Bumgarner called such ploys part of the "cat-and-mouse game" between pitchers and hitters. Asked if he enjoys such experiences, Bumgarner managed a thin smile and replied, "I like it when I win."

The Giants fell to 3-6 on their three-city, 10-game trip that concludes here Sunday.

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Playing his first game since he had an appendectomy June 1, Brandon Belt went 0-for-4. But he contributed a sparkling moment when he made a deft pickup of a throw from third baseman Alen Hanson that short-hopped him. Belt led the Giants in home runs (11) and RBIs (31) went he went on the disabled list.

Video: SF@LAD: Hanson, Belt flash leather to retire Taylor

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The Giants' roster does not include a classic "Dodger-killer" who thrives against the team's biggest rival. Joe Panik comes the closest to fitting that description. The second baseman went 1-for-3 Saturday to improve his season average against Los Angeles to .306 (11-for-36).

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Chris Stratton will try to build upon his last outing when he confronts the Dodgers in Sunday's series finale beginning at 1:10 p.m. PT. Stratton worked seven innings at Miami last Tuesday, ending a streak of nine starts in which he could not last that long. Stratton's Los Angeles counterpart will be Caleb Ferguson, making his third career start.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Crawford slated for time away from Giants

Samardzija, Cueto getting close to activation from disabled list
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LOS ANGELES -- For at least one day next week and likely more, the Giants will face the chilling reality of shortstop Brandon Crawford's unavailability.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Crawford will go on paternity leave Monday to be present as his wife, Jalynne, gives birth to the couple's fourth child.

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LOS ANGELES -- For at least one day next week and likely more, the Giants will face the chilling reality of shortstop Brandon Crawford's unavailability.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Crawford will go on paternity leave Monday to be present as his wife, Jalynne, gives birth to the couple's fourth child.

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Bochy said Saturday that he had not yet discussed the subject with Crawford, who isn't expected to be gone for more than a few days. However, the Giants have weathered the absences of first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Joe Panik and third baseman Evan Longoria due to injuries. The ballclub hasn't been forced to function without Crawford, whose offensive contributions have matched his routinely spectacular defense. He entered Saturday with a team-high .322 batting average.

Rotation could be whole again soon

The Giants believe Jeff Samardzija will require just one more Minor League injury rehabilitation start before he's ready to rejoin the club's starting rotation.

Asked to estimate the number of rehab outings he'll need, Johnny Cueto said, "I don't know yet." He paused briefly before adding, "Two."

Samardzija is recovering from shoulder tightness; Cueto is nursing a sore left ankle.

Bochy received glowing reports about Samardzija following the right-hander's three scoreless innings Friday for Triple-A Sacramento against Round Rock. Samardzija allowed one hit and struck out four.

"Good day for him," Bochy said, adding that Samardzija's velocity, which has been lacking this year, returned to its usual, mid-90-mph level.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Longo to have surgery, could miss 6-8 weeks

Giants 3B hopes to beat recovery timetable, return soon after All-Star break
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LOS ANGELES -- Though Evan Longoria is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after he undergoes surgery on his fractured left hand next Tuesday, the Giants third baseman said he will strive to beat that estimate and rejoin the team's lineup sooner.

Dr. Stephen Shin, who operated on second baseman Joe Panik's injured left thumb earlier this season, will perform the procedure on Longoria here in Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES -- Though Evan Longoria is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after he undergoes surgery on his fractured left hand next Tuesday, the Giants third baseman said he will strive to beat that estimate and rejoin the team's lineup sooner.

Dr. Stephen Shin, who operated on second baseman Joe Panik's injured left thumb earlier this season, will perform the procedure on Longoria here in Los Angeles.

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"Being cautious, he had said it's probably best to say six to eight weeks," said Longoria, who appeared in at least 156 games in each of the previous five seasons. "But I have a hard time telling myself that. So I'm definitely going to push for sometime right after the [All-Star] break."

Longoria's optimism is rooted in his expectation to be able to begin rehabilitating his injury shortly after the operation.

"It shouldn't be too long before I can start the process of strengthening it," he said.

Longoria, who was struck on the back of the left hand by a Dan Straily four-seam fastball to open the fourth inning Thursday, admitted he doesn't know how to handle being sidelined.

"Yesterday I went crazy watching the game," he said.

He acknowledged that Pablo Sandoval and Alen Hanson can handle third base capably.

"It is comforting, knowing that we have guys who are stepping up," said Longoria, who compiled a .246/.278/.434 slash line with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 67 games.

Longoria added that the experience of coping with injuries to other performers, including Panik, Brandon Belt, Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, should further help the Giants adjust to his being sidelined.

"It's a tough spot, but it's nothing that we can't overcome," Longoria said.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Ramos, Gonzalez lead Augusta to win

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

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Nick Senzel's offensive barrage continued with another multihit performance in Triple-A Louisville's 7-4 loss to Toledo.

The Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) has two or more hits in seven straight games after going 2-for-5 on Saturday.

Not only did Senzel collect a pair of hits, he also hit his fourth homer of the season, a three-run blast in the fifth inning. The 22-year-old has been scorching hot of late, hitting .485 (16-for-33) over the past seven games. Overall, Senzel is slashing .305/.377/.481 through 39 games.

Other top prospect performances from Saturday's action:

• Two of the Giants top prospects helped lead Class A Augusta to a win over Asheville as Heliot Ramos (Giants' No. 3, No. 54 overall) and Jacob Gonzalez (Giants' No. 10) combined for seven hits. Ramos, who has been heating up after a slow start, extended his hitting streak to five games with a 4-for-5 night, while Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

• No. 69 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 2) got back on the right track with a scoreless start for Triple-A Rochester. Gonsalves, who gave up nine runs in his last start and had surrendered 17 runs over his past three outings, put the struggles behind him as he cruised through 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander did walk three, but struck out five and yielded just one hit.

Gonsalves notches fifth strikeout

• No. 74 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros' No. 4) immediately made his presence felt in his return to the Double-A Corpus Christi lineup. In his first game back in the lineup, the 20-year-old hit a pair of homers before the game was called due to rain in the fifth inning. Alvarez hit two-run blasts in both the first and third innings.

• No. 94 overall prospect Peter Lambert (Rockies' No. 3) has given up one earned run in three straight starts after doing so once again for Double-A Hartford. Lambert, who has a 2.40 ERA through 13 starts, walked one, struck out six and surrendered five hits.

Brewers No. 18 prospect Kodi Medeiros has given up one earned run or less in three of his past four starts after his latest gem with Double-A Biloxi. The lefty was stuck with a no-decision as the Shuckers topped Mississippi in 10 innings, but Medeiros certainly did his part with five scoreless frames. The 22-year-old walked four, struck out seven and gave up five hits.

• Brewers No. 24 prospect Carlos Rodriguez's career is off to a fast start in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. The 17-year-old has multiple hits in eight of the 11 games he's played in, including four in a row after his 3-for-6, three-RBI performance against the Cardinals. Rodriguez has posted back-to-back three-RBI games and is slashing .440/.472/.500.

Indians No. 16 prospect Sam Hentges spun his second straight scoreless start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The Hillcats ultimately lost to the Keys, but Hentges did his part over 6 2/3 innings. The lefty threw 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes, walked three, struck out six and gave up four hits.

Pirates No. 13 prospect Oneil Cruz did it all for Class A West Virginia in a win over Delmarva. Cruz matched his season high with four hits, a trio of which went for extra bases. The 19-year-old, who also drove in a trio of runs, collected two triples and a double as he pushed his average to .304 through 62 games.

Rays No. 19 prospect Ronaldo Hernandez put together his second two-homer game of the season as Class A Bowling Green topped Lake County. Hernandez, who has 10 homers after finishing 3-for-4, hit a solo shot in the fourth and then followed that up with a two-run blast in the sixth.

• A pair of Royals' prospects helped lead Class A Lexington to a win over Rome as Seuly Matias (No. 3) and MJ Melendez (No. 4) each went deep. Melendez, who finished 2-for-4, hit his 10th homer of the season in the sixth inning, while Matias, who leads the Minors with 22 homers, went yard for the second day in a row.

Matias goes deep

White Sox No. 30 prospect Jimmy Lambert put together his best start of the season, despite taking a loss for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Lambert, a fifth-round pick from 2016, needed just 88 pitches (66 strikes) to carve his way through eight innings of one-run ball. The right-hander walked one and gave up five hits, but the bullpen gave up the decisive run to Wilmington in the ninth.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Belt activated from DL, Johnson optioned

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The Giants activated first baseman Brandon Belt from the disabled list ahead of Saturday's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Right-hander Pierce Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following Friday night's game.

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The Giants activated first baseman Brandon Belt from the disabled list ahead of Saturday's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Right-hander Pierce Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following Friday night's game.

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Belt, who underwent an appendectomy on June 2, got five at-bats in an intrasquad game among players at extended spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday.

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Key error comes back to haunt Giants in loss

Sandoval's seventh-inning homer makes it close, but San Francisco can't close gap
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LOS ANGELES -- A game such as the Giants' 70th of the year, which happened to be their 3-2 defeat Friday at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, typically wouldn't prompt an analysis of where the club stands.

But now's a fair time to assess the Giants, due to the schedule's peculiarities, certain personnel changes, and the startling fact that they already have played virtually half of their road schedule. They're 15-25 away from home with 92 games remaining overall.

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LOS ANGELES -- A game such as the Giants' 70th of the year, which happened to be their 3-2 defeat Friday at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, typically wouldn't prompt an analysis of where the club stands.

But now's a fair time to assess the Giants, due to the schedule's peculiarities, certain personnel changes, and the startling fact that they already have played virtually half of their road schedule. They're 15-25 away from home with 92 games remaining overall.

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These factors actually provide some hope for the Giants (34-36). But they still must address, if not correct, the flaws that have marred their performance so far.

Injuries befall every team in every sport. The Giants have been unluckier than most. They have endured much of the season without three-fifths of their starting rotation and an infield featuring only one regular who has escaped the disabled list, shortstop Brandon Crawford.

"Our biggest issue has been trying to stay healthy," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Fortunately for the Giants, they expect to welcome back first baseman Brandon Belt on Saturday.

"We don't have anything official, but yeah, he'll be activated," Bochy said.

Infielder Pablo Sandoval said that before Belt was sidelined, "He was one of the best hitters in the lineup."

San Francisco needs more assertive efforts from its starters, which should happen once Madison Bumgarner regains his form and Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija return. They need more than the five adequate innings they received Friday from Derek Holland, who allowed all of Los Angeles' runs, including homers from Enrique Hernandez in the first inning and Matt Kemp in the fourth.

Video: SF@LAD: Holland strands a pair at the corners

Bochy praised Holland's ability to keep the team close in ballgames, as he did Friday. "I think he has been really consistent in doing that," Bochy said.

Holland would have none of that, however. "I'm frustrated that I didn't go deeper into the game," the left-hander said. "I gotta do better than that."

Overall, the Giants, weary from their 16-inning triumph and the accompanying cross-country flight Thursday, barely resembled the team that won six of their previous 10 games against Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers demonstrated how they have won 20 of their last 26 games. Ross Stripling won his sixth consecutive start, working 6 1/3 resolute innings. Refusing to create the possibility that the Dodgers might beat themselves, Stripling walked none. Los Angeles collected six hits, a total that won't win many games. But the Dodgers made them count.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Center fielder Austin Jackson committed an embarrassing-looking three-base error in the fourth inning when he had an easy shot at catching Yasmani Grandal's fourth-inning line drive but simply couldn't hold onto the ball.

Video: SF@LAD: Puig smokes an RBI double to right-center

"He catches that ball 99 out of 100 times," Bochy said. Grandal proceeded to score on Yasiel Puig's double.

SOUND SMART
Sandoval might be heating up at the plate. His two-run homer in the seventh inning kept the game competitive. It also gave him at least one hit in 13 of San Francisco's last 16 games since May 27. He's hitting .354 in that span with three homers and 11 RBIs.

UP NEXT
If Bumgarner is going to return to form, Dodger Stadium is one of the likeliest places where it can occur. The Giants ace owns a 9-6 record with a 2.31 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) at Chavez Ravine, to go with an impressive 0.951 WHIP. He'll be opposed by Dodgers lefty Alex Wood in the 5:15 p.m. PT start.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Cutch crushes 1st-frame HR for 2nd straight day

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MIAMI -- For the second consecutive game, Andrew McCutchen blasted a first-inning two-run homer to stake the Giants to a two-run lead over the Marlins. In Thursday afternoon's 6-3, 16-inning win, he hit a 2-1 slider from Miami starter Dan Straily over the left-field fence. Statcast™ projected McCutchen's eighth home run of the season at 389 feet, with an exit velocity of 104.2 mph and a launch angle of 31 degrees.

McCutchen later singled and then scored the difference-making run on Pablo Sandoval's two-run single in the 16th.

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MIAMI -- For the second consecutive game, Andrew McCutchen blasted a first-inning two-run homer to stake the Giants to a two-run lead over the Marlins. In Thursday afternoon's 6-3, 16-inning win, he hit a 2-1 slider from Miami starter Dan Straily over the left-field fence. Statcast™ projected McCutchen's eighth home run of the season at 389 feet, with an exit velocity of 104.2 mph and a launch angle of 31 degrees.

McCutchen later singled and then scored the difference-making run on Pablo Sandoval's two-run single in the 16th.

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"He really picked us up," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He ignited us in that last inning."

McCutchen continues to swing a hot bat for the month of June. McCutchen is now batting .339, and five of his eight home runs this season have been hit in June.

McCutchen improved his career average during the month of June to .320, his highest for any month.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Despite OF surplus, SF looking for solution in LF

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MIAMI -- Left field has been somewhat of a question mark this season for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy. Hunter Pence was thought to be the answer, when the team moved him over from right, where during 12 Major League seasons he had logged 1,395 games.

The acquisition of right fielder Andrew McCutchen shook things up in the Giants' outfield. Bochy said the ensuing juggling act in left field is simply a product of the current roster.

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MIAMI -- Left field has been somewhat of a question mark this season for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy. Hunter Pence was thought to be the answer, when the team moved him over from right, where during 12 Major League seasons he had logged 1,395 games.

The acquisition of right fielder Andrew McCutchen shook things up in the Giants' outfield. Bochy said the ensuing juggling act in left field is simply a product of the current roster.

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"I think more than anything it is the way we were set up," Bochy said. "We had Pence starting out as our guy out there in left field."

But Pence struggled at the plate more than anticipated, hitting just .146 to start the season before missing 40 games with a right thumb sprain. He has since picked it up, going 5-for-17 (.294) with a double and two RBIs in nine games (four starts) upon his return.

But in his absence presented an opportunity in left field for many of his teammates, who produced varying success. In all, eight Giants have played left field this season, including Austin Jackson, who made his debut there on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

"He's been getting some work out there, and I want to mix all these guys in, giving them some playing time," Bochy said. "We'll go with the hot bat or maybe the matchup we like that night. Doesn't mean that doesn't change. But [Jackson] was swinging the bat pretty good there in Washington."

Making the most of his limited opportunites, Jackson has been on a tear lately, hitting .318 (14-for-44) with four doubles in his last 21 games. He's still seeking his first home run of the season, and of Jackson's 34 hits on the year, 27 are singles.

Early in the season, Jackson spent much of his time in center field. Now that Gorkys Hernandez is beginning to settle in at that position, Bochy said he spoke with Jackson about making the move to left field and becoming comfortable with that position.

Bochy said he has no intentions of playing Jackson in right field at the moment.

Mac Williamson, who was called up from Triple-A on April 20, got the start in left field on Thursday and could complicate things even further if he can reproduce anything close to the .446 batting average with eight homers and 23 RBIs he hit in just 16 games with Sacramento this season.

The jury is still out. Giants left fielders have combined for a .233 batting average with six homers and 24 RBIs entering the final game of a four-game set in Miami.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.