SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Angel Pagan set a franchise record during Friday's 4-3 win against the Cubs by hitting safely in his 25th consecutive home game."Every day I find a way to do something for the team, and look at this now -- I set a record," Pagan said. "But [I] have never been looking for that. I just go out there every day and try to do my best I can do for the team." Pagan broke the mark established by Don Mueller from Sept. 13, 1954-May 5, 1955, when the club called New York's Polo Grounds its home. Pagan went 0-for-4 in the April 13 AT&T Park opener, but has collected at least one hit in each home game since then. "It's meaningful for the team," Pagan said. "That means I'm doing my job; I'm getting on base." Pagan eclipsed Mueller with a bloop single to right field off left-hander Paul Maholm in the third inning, and his teammates cheerfully greeted him when he returned to the dugout after getting forced out on Brett Pill's double-play ball. "It feels good," Pagan said of his teammates' reaction. "It feels [as if] I'm valuable to [my] teammates with them supporting me, and that's what it's all about." Pagan said hitting coach Hensley Meulens first told him about the streak before Friday's game. The outfielder finished 1-for-4 on the night and is batting .356 (37-for-104) at AT&T Park this season. Note: Though the Giants have been in existence since 1883, the franchise's streak records date back to 1918.
Panda ready to rehab, could return June 8
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval may be heading on a rehab assignment as early as this weekend, manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday's game against the Cubs.Sandoval fractured a bone in his left wrist on May 2, and the switch-hitter has been taking batting practice from the left side and dry swings from the right, as well as fielding practice. Bochy said the Giants have received the go-ahead from team doctors, and will send Sandoval on most likely a 4-5 game rehab assignment with Class A Advanced San Jose even though he isn't ready to bat right-handed. Sandoval could be ready to rejoin the Giants by June 8, when the Giants start a series against the Rangers. "It'll help speed things up," Bochy said. "I've got a pretty good idea of how long things are going to take, looking at last year." Last season, Sandoval missed 6 1/2 weeks after fracturing the same bone in his right wrist. Before his injury, Sandoval had been hitting .316 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 24 games played.
Romo recovered from minor knee injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday's game against the Cubs that Sergio Romo will be available to pitch after sitting the last three games with what boils down to instability in his right knee cap."He came out and threw and felt fine," Bochy said. "He was covering first base and doing all the little things that he'll need to be able to do. He's good to go." Romo, who sustained a partial dislocation of his knee cap while stretching before Monday's 4-2 win against the D-backs, has only given up one run in 14 2/3 innings this season.
Giants looking at shorter travel in June
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fresh off a 20-day stretch in May in which they played every day and had a seven-game cross-country road trip, the Giants now play a June schedule in which they don't leave the West Coast, and only leave California once -- a three-game trip to Seattle."It's going to be nice for us," Bochy said. "We'll have no excuse now. We should be well rested." June, though, will bring matchups against three current division leaders in the Dodgers, Rangers and Reds. "At the same time, the worst thing that we can do is look at that or the team we're playing and drop our guard," Bochy said. "All these clubs are good teams, just look at their records."
Bochy said Brad Penny, who has been pitching in extended spring training in Arizona, could be ready to join Triple-A Fresno in the next couple of days. Angel Pagan entered Friday's game with a 24-game home hitting streak, which tied him with Don Mueller for the longest such streak in team history. The outfielder is hitting .360 at AT&T Park this season, the sixth-best home average in the National League.