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 Latest San Francisco Giants Player Notes:

Dec 21 2017 - Evan Longoria
  3B Evan Longoria was acquired by the Giants from the Rays on Wednesday in exchange for INF Christian Arroyo, LHP Matt Krook and RHP Stephen Woods. Tampa Bay also must take on the last year of OF Denard Span's contract, which is for $9 million. Longoria has five seasons remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option. The 32-year-old batted .261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs last season and is hitting .270 with 261 homers and 892 RBIs in his career.


Dec 19 2017 - Nick Hundley
  C Nick Hundley agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract to remain with the San Francisco Giants, the team announced Tuesday. Hundley, 34, batted .244 with nine homers and 35 RBIs last season while serving as Buster Posey's backup. Hundley hit .249 for his career with 81 homers and 340 RBIs in 847 games with San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Giants.


Oct 1 2017 - Hunter Pence
  RF Hunter Pence made a diving catch on his final play of the season before pulling himself from the Sunday win over the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning. Pence got up gingerly and staggered to the dugout after his inning-ending catch on Padres RF Hunter Renfroe in the top of the seventh. OF Gorkys Hernandez pinch-hit for Pence in the bottom of the inning and finished the game in right field.


Oct 1 2017 - Buster Posey
  C/1B Buster Posey doubled, walked and scored twice in two plate appearances in the Giants' season-ending win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. He was pulled after five innings, having improved his season on-base percentage to an even .400. He topped .400 one time previously in his career, that coming in 2012 at .408.


Oct 1 2017 - Pablo Sandoval
  1B/3B Pablo Sandoval ended the Giants' season in dramatic fashion Sunday with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres. It was the third walk-off homer of his career and first since he did it to the Washington Nationals in May 2013. Signed off the scrap heap in August, Sandoval finished with 20 RBIs in 47 games for the Giants.


Oct 1 2017 - Johnny Cueto
  RHP Johnny Cueto pitched what might have been his final game as a Giant on Sunday in San Francisco's 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres. The veteran did not get a decision, allowing four runs and 12 hits in five innings. Cueto had never previously allowed 12 or more hits in a start of five or fewer innings. The 31-year-old can opt out of the final four years of his six-year, $130 million contract with the Giants this offseason.


Oct 1 2017 - Matt Cain
  RHP Matt Cain, who announced his retirement, pitched the final game of his career Saturday, shutting out the Padres on two hits over five innings in the Giants' eventual 3-2 loss. Cain did not get a decision and thus finished his career with a 104-118 record. The no-decision was the 109th of his career, the 44th in which he left with a lead. The three-time All-Star was making his 331st career start, the second most for a Giant in their West Coast history behind RHP Juan Marichal's 446.


Sep 30 2017 - Brandon Crawford
  SS Brandon Crawford made a critical ninth-inning error that helped the San Diego Padres rally for a 3-2 win over the Giants on Saturday. Crawford charged a slow roller by 3B Christian Villanueva, then rushed an errant throw that got past 1B Pablo Sandoval and allowed the slow-moving Padre to reach second base. A good throw would have had Villanueva easily at first. The error was Crawford's 11th of the season. Crawford also was picked off second base to end the eighth inning with the Giants leading 2-1.


Sep 30 2017 - Hunter Pence
  RF Hunter Pence drove in both Giants runs in their 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The RBIs were his 66th and 67th of the season, moving him into a tie with C Buster Posey for second on the team behind SS Brandon Crawford (76). Pence just missed getting to Padres C Austin Hedges' two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning that overturned a 2-1 deficit and provided San Diego with a 3-2 win.


Sep 30 2017 - Johnny Cueto
  RHP Johnny Cueto will seek to finish the season with a winning record when he faces the San Diego Padres on Sunday. One season after going 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA, Cueto has struggled through an 8-8 campaign with a 4.43 ERA. He has gone 8-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 14 career starts against the Padres.


Sep 30 2017 - Matt Cain
  RHP Matt Cain will make the final start of his career Saturday against the San Diego Padres. The start will be the 331st for the career-long Giant, the second-most in the San Francisco era of franchise history behind RHP Juan Marichal (446). The 32-year-old has announced he will retire after this season. Cain is 8-14 with a 3.20 ERA in 38 career appearances, including 37 starts, against the Padres.


Sep 30 2017 - Chris Stratton
  RHP Chris Stratton ended his season on a positive note Friday night, pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings in the Giants' 8-0 win over the San Diego Padres. The Giants have thrown just five shutouts this season, with the rookie having started two of them. Making a good impression going into next season, Stratton has gone 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his last eight starts.


Sep 30 2017 - Buster Posey
  C/1B Buster Posey contributed three run-scoring doubles to the Giants' 8-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. The three doubles matched a career-high, set twice previously, most recently against the Cincinnati Reds in May of 2016. The three doubles moved Posey into a tie with SS Brandon Crawford for the team lead with 33.


Sep 30 2017 - Nick Hundley
  C Nick Hundley was honored before the game with the presentation of the Giants' annual Willie Mac Award, identifying the club's most inspirational player in 2017. The award is named after Giants Hall of Famer 1B Willie McCovey. The first-year Giant played in his 100th game of the season Friday night, making his 64th start. He went 0-for-4 in the win over the San Diego Padres.


Sep 30 2017 - Austin Slater
  LF Austin Slater (sports hernia) underwent core muscle surgery this week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday. Recovery time is estimated at 6-8 weeks. Slater has had to scrap his plans to play in the Dominican winter league this offseason. He finished the season hitting .282 in 34 games.


Sep 30 2017 - Evan Longoria
  3B Evan Longoria's solo home run gave him 20 on the season, and for the fifth year in a row and ninth time in 10 years. Only one other third baseman has done that -- Eddie Mathews from 1952-65. The home run also broke him out of an 0-for-21 slump.


Sep 29 2017 - Evan Longoria
  3B Evan Longoria went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts Thursday and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. He remains one shy of his fifth straight season with 20 homers heading into this weekend's series with the Baltimore Orioles.


Sep 28 2017 - Evan Longoria
  3B Evan Longoria went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. He also is 2-for-20 on Tampa Bay's current road trip and remains one homer away from No. 20. If he gets the 20th homer, it will mark the fifth straight season for Longoria with at least 20.


Sep 28 2017 - Matt Cain
  RHP Matt Cain called a team meeting Wednesday morning to tell his teammates that Saturday would the last start of his career unless "something super crazy happens." Cain won 104 games and three World Series titles in 13 seasons after being the Giants' first-round pick in 2002. "I can't see myself going to play with another team," Cain said. "This organization has meant so much to me. It's meant so much to family. I'm just grateful it's been a part of my life. I've enjoyed it so much." Cain, 33 on Sunday, will be paid a $7.5 million buyout of his $22 million option for 2018. "He's a complete Giant," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The way he carries himself. What he did on the field. The way he played. How he competed out there. That was something that influenced his decision. He didn't want to put non another uniform. That says a lot about him."


Sep 28 2017 - Jeff Samardzija
  RHP Jeff Samardzija gave up only one run and three hits in six innings of his final regular-season start. He struck out four and finished the season with 205 strikeouts, the second-most of his career after reaching 214 with the Cubs in 2013. "It's always good to get 200," he said. "It means you are getting about one an inning. Getting strikeouts is important, especially in this league. Double plays and strikeout can save your day and save your inning. It's good to see you have good stuff throughout the season and all the work you do in the offseason and in between starts paid off." Samardzija finished with 209 1/3 innings, hitting 200 for the fifth straight season. He made 32 starts for the third straight season after making 33 in 2013 and 2014.


Sep 28 2017 - Pablo Sandoval
  3B Pablo Sandoval was 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles and made a nice stretch while fielding a throw in his fifth start of the season at first base. "He's been playing good baseball," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been swinging the bat well. If you look at his last couple of weeks, it has really picked up with the bat. His approach at the plate has been so much better. Played a good defense. Hs'e been great to have around. I think he has done well for himself since he's been here." Sandoval has two years remaining on the five-year, $95 million deal he signed with Boston as a free agent following the 2014 season. He is to make $18 million a year and a team option for 2000 that includes a $5 million buyout.


Sep 28 2017 - Joe Panik
  2B Joe Panik was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, and despite going hitless is hitting .367 in September, which was second in the league only of Arizona RF J.D. Martinez (.418) entering the game.


Sep 28 2017 - Mac Williamson
  RF Mac Williamson (finger) was removed for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning after being struck by a pitch the hand during his at-bat in the fourth inning. Because Williamson's hand was on the bat, the pitch in the fourth was a foul ball. He remained in the game and later walked before being taken out.


Sep 27 2017 - Matt Cain
  RHP Matt Cain announced his retirement on Wednesday after 13 major league seasons, all with San Francisco. Cain, 32, will make one final start for the Giants on Saturday in San Francisco against the San Diego Padres. Cain's contract with San Francisco expires at the end of this season, and the Giants were not expected to offer him a new deal. But instead of trying to sign with another team, Cain has chosen to retire.


Sep 27 2017 - Matt Cain
  RHP Matt Cain will start against San Diego on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said, a game that could mark his final appearance for the Giants. Cain, 3-11 with a 5.66 ERA, has a $21 million option for 2018, but the Giants are expected to pay him a $7.5 million buyout instead, although nothing has been said. "With what he has done for the Giant organization, I wanted him to make a start at home," Bochy said. "I'm sure it's going to an emotional time, not that there is anything etched in stone as to what is going to happen. Just important for us and for Matt to have a start there. Matt's been great through all this, providing leadership and of course what he has brought to us on the field. This is going to be a special day, I'm sure for him but for all of us." Cain won World Series titles in 2010, 2012, 2014. He signed autographs and posed for pictures with Giants fans before Tuesday's game in Arizona.