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Pence ready to start new stolen base streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- Undaunted by being caught stealing for the first time this year, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence said Friday that he'll maintain a mindset for thievery through the rest of the season.

"I'm also not going to force the issue," Pence said Friday, one day after his foiled first-inning attempt stopped his stolen-base streak at 17 in a row. "That's probably why it's been such a high percentage."

Recounting his unsuccessful try, Pence explained that he took off in a "must-go" situation, with a count of 3-1 on Roger Kieschnick. Pence said that he was on the move to stay out of a double play and to scramble Milwaukee's defense by putting a runner in motion. But the Brewers alertly caught him.

Nevertheless, Pence is one steal away from matching his 2010 career high of 18 which he established with Houston.

Pence attributed his efficiency to improved health and speed. "Also, [manager Bruce] Bochy having faith in me," Pence said. "I have the freedom to go whenever I feel the circumstances are right."

Chris Haft is a reporter for
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