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Posey thrives in return to Giants' lineup

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ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 Sunday in a successful return to the Giants' lineup after missing three games with lower back tightness.

Entering the game in a 3-for-34 skid (.088), Posey singled in each of his first three at-bats before grounding out twice. His first-inning hit scored Angel Pagan and opened the Giants' scoring. Posey raised his batting average from .254 to .264.

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ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 Sunday in a successful return to the Giants' lineup after missing three games with lower back tightness.

Entering the game in a 3-for-34 skid (.088), Posey singled in each of his first three at-bats before grounding out twice. His first-inning hit scored Angel Pagan and opened the Giants' scoring. Posey raised his batting average from .254 to .264.

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Noting that Posey's condition had continued to improve, manager Bruce Bochy said that Monday's scheduled off-day will "give us some time to see how he comes out of [Sunday]."

Posey's return was timely, since the Giants lost their biggest bat when Michael Morse had to be scratched with a sore left foot.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.

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