SF Giants Player Wire 4/25/12

The latest news on Huff, Zito, Posey, Sanchez, Cain, Schierholtz and Sandoval.

Aubrey Huff (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
1B Aubrey Huff remains absent. He missed his second game because of personal reasons, and manager Bruce Bochy said it's a legitimate excuse. It's possible Huff could be placed on bereavement leave so the Giants could temporarily replace him on the roster.

Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
LHP Barry Zito will try to make it four straight solid starts when he faced the Reds on Wednesday. He's 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA. Will he keep posting special numbers? In his career against Cincinnati, he's 3-4 with a 7.47 ERA.

Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
C Buster Posey had a pitch fly behind him while he was batting, an apparent purpose pitch from Reds RHP Sam LeCure, retaliating for RHP Dan Otero plunking Joey Votto during a six-run seventh inning. Manager Bruce Bochy popped off about the incident, saying Otero has been a big-leaguer only briefly and wasn't trying to hit Votto, adding of the LeCure pitch, "That's how people get hurt. Here's a guy (Posey) we lost for a long time last year, and he gets a ball thrown at his kneecap." Posey's retaliation? A two-run homer off LeCure.

Freddy Sanchez (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
2B Freddy Sanchez is 3-for-7 with three RBI through his first two games of a rehab assignment for Class A San Jose. He served as the designated hitter Monday and Tuesday. Sanchez has been struggling with his throwing while trying to recover from right shoulder surgery performed last August. He's expected to spend two weeks in the minors before rejoining the big-league team.

Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
RHP Matt Cain, who had been nearly infallible since signing a $112.5 million extension days before the season began, took his first loss Tuesday. He gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Phillips in the first inning and was good after that -- until the Reds scored six runs in the seventh inning, a rally that began on Ryan Ludwick's homer off Cain. That's all Cain allowed. Reliever Dan Otero was charged with the remaining runs in the inning, and another in the eighth.

Nate Schierholtz (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
RHP Nate Schierholtz had a quieter Tuesday than Monday, when he got six hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Mets. On Tuesday in Cincinnati, he was 0-for-4. The last Giant to collect three hits in both ends of a doubleheader had been Tito Fuentes in 1973. Fuentes has been part of the Giants' Spanish broadcast team.

Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) (4/25/2012)
3B Pablo Sandoval singled in the ninth inning, extending his season-opening hit streak to 17 games, a San Francisco franchise record, breaking Willie Mays' mark of 16 in a row, reached in 1960. The record for the New York Giants was 18, set by Johnny Rucker in 1945.

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