Buster Posey followed Brandon Belt's leadoff triple in the sixth with a go-ahead double, Jake Peavy won for the second time in six starts, and the Giants beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to stop Chicago's six-game winning streak.
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Madison Bumgarner hit his fifth homer of the season and Marlon Byrd drilled his 20th in his first game with the defending World Series champions , as San Francisco held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Friday night to climb within 1 1/2 games of the Dodgers for first in the NL West.
The San Francisco Giants have acquired Marlon Byrd from the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati will receive Double-A right-hander Stephen Johnson.
The Giants will likely option Ryan Lollis to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Byrd.
The San Francisco Giants are looking to add an outfielder, especially in the wake of Hunter Pence's oblique injury.
However, the Giants aren't solely looking for depth. They want someone to provide an offensive boost to the lineup.
The Los Angeles Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.
According to reports, the Angels are more pessimistic about getting Utley than prior to Friday.
The Philadelphia Phillies have to agree on a prospect and the San Francisco Giants have also been strongly linked to the veteran infielder. There is $6 million in guaranteed money left on his contract.
The San Francisco Giants aren't the only team seriously interested in Chase Utley.
According to sources, several teams have made trade offers for the Philadelphia Phillies infielder.
The Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.
Utley has a $15 million club option for 2016 that no longer will vest automatically based on plate appearances. His club option would then drop to $11 million, but the Phillies would be expected to take the $2 million buyout instead.
Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.
Utley will only authorize a trade if he receives certain assurances of playing time, according to a report by Buster Olney.
He will be a free agent after the season and reportedly wants to play in 2016.
The San Francisco Giants have crossed a new payroll boundary and might continue to add salary before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters.
For the first time, the Giants are in position to exceed the luxury-tax threshold, according to sources.
San Francisco continues to explore trades for hitters like Chase Utley.
The luxury tax threshold, introduced in the 2003-06 collective-bargaining agreement, is $189 million. The Giants were about $1.5 million over that figure before adding Mike Leake on July 30. Absorbing the remaining $3.58 million on Leake’s contract put the team about $5 million over the limit, according to sources.
If the Giants finish the season above the threshold, they will pay a 17.5 percent tax on the overage as a first-time offender.
Barry Bonds says he feels a huge sense of relief since federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against him last month after a nearly decade-long steroids prosecution.
"I can say yes, there's a lot. Because it'd be not true if I said there wasn't some weight lifted off my shoulders," Bonds said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Bonds added that he's unconcerned with everybody else's thoughts on his career or credentials: He's a Hall of Famer.
"I don't even justify that. There's no need," he said. "That's without saying."
The government's pursuit of Bonds ended July 21 with a one-paragraph motion by the U.S. Department of Justice announcing Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.
"That's why I say God is good," Bonds said. "Every player who's ever played against me knows my ability, and that's something I will never, ever have to explain. I'm not insulted by anything. I don't hold grudges. I'm not going to hold a grudge. I know what I brought to the game. I'm proud of that. That's all, I'm proud of that."
The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are discussing a trade involving Chase Utley.
The two clubs are discussing prospects, which is an indication that talks are fairly advanced.
Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday, which paves the way for a trade. However, as a 10-year veteran with five years of service with the Phillies, he has the right to veto a trade.