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EXTRA BAGGS: Melky coasts into NL runs lead, etc.

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EXTRA BAGGS: Melky coasts into NL runs lead, etc.

DENVER Melky Cabrera does not talk nonstop in ahigh-pitched, Louisiana screech. He doesnt talk much at all.

But he and Will Clark have a chance to share a commonattribute.

After crossing the plate eight times in three games at CoorsField, Cabrera leads the NL with 77 runs scored. Hes on pace to score 115,which would be the most by a Giant since Barry Bonds scored 129 in 2004.

No Giant has led the NL in runs scored since 1989, whenClark tied Howard Johnson and Ryne Sandberg with 104.

With Buster Posey remaining red-hot and now Hunter Pence atrue RBI man in the No. 5 spot (and Pablo Sandoval returning soon), theres adecent chance that Cabrera will keep on crossing the plate.

Well, you know what, its really been ridiculous, saidPence, who had an RBI groundout and knocked in Cabrera with doubles in the fifthand seventh. Baserunners are everywhere and I dont feel like those guys havemade an out. Its incredible and Im looking forward to more of it.

Cabrera didnt exactly run while scoring his last run. Hewas in need of an oxygen mask after hitting a triple in the ninth inning, andwhen Buster Posey singled to left, you needed a sundial to time Cabreras timefrom third to the plate.

RECAP: Baggs' Instant Replay -- Giants 8, Rockies 3

We had a couple guys running on fumes there, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said. But they did a good job finishing off that seriesand playing well.

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Buster Posey is on pace for 103 RBIs, by the way. He'd become the first Giant to drive in 100 since Bonds in 2004.

It's always worth a moment to stop and reflect on that 2004 season. Bonds drove in 101 and hit 45 home runs even though he was walked 232 times that season, including 120 intentional passes -- both major league records that won't be broken any time soon, if ever.

Joey Votto and David Ortiz lead the majors with 13 intentional walks this season, in case you were curious.

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The Giants are averaging 5.08 runs per game on the road. Thatsthe best in the National League and second in the majors, behind the Angels.

You read that right. The Giants own the second best roadoffense in the majors.

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What a huge outing for Sergio Romo. He entered abases-loaded situation in the seventh but didnt let the Rockies back in thegame, striking out two batters.

A night earlier, Romo had taken Bochy aside and told him hewas close to figuring something out. He figured out what happened in a four-gameskid in which he retired just nine of 19 batters faced, raising his ERA from0.60 to 2.20.

He wanted his manager to retain confidence in him, to keep puttinghim in leveraged situations. Bochy did.

He saved us in a critical part of the game, Bochy said. Thatsuplifting for the club and its gotta be for him, too.

BAGGARLY: Lincecum regains competitive edge

Romo acknowledged he took his frustrations home with him onthe last homestand, when he gave up a tiebreaking home run to the DodgersHanley Ramirez and served up a tiebreaking shot to the Mets Scott Hairston.

I think very highly of myself and I take a lot of pride inmy ability Ive been given to throw strikes, Romo said. The team needs me tobe good. I want to be good again. I had to finish them off.

I know things werent going right. Its hard not to take ithome, but you have to leave it on the field and come back and have confidencein yourself the next day.

Because it matters. If I can contribute to a happy cause,why not? This thing is not about me.

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Hector Sanchez momentarily lost the feeling in his handafter a pitch struck it in the first inning. Thats why he spiked one returnthrow and nearly sailed another.

I thought you had the yips, a teammate said.

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Did you happen to notice who warmed up Tim Lincecum in hislast two innings, then warmed up Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth?

It was none other than Brett Pill. The Giants needed someonebecause Sanchez was either on base, in the batters circle or made the finalout at the end of innings.

I used Busters mask and Hectors glove, said Pill, wholisted his catching experience as somewhere between never and (laughing) never.

Timmy took it easy on me, Pill said. Affeldt threw me afew breaking balls.

Of course he did.

Durable Longoria ready for additional boost from ballpark, Giants fans

Durable Longoria ready for additional boost from ballpark, Giants fans

SAN FRANCISCO — The field at AT&T Park is covered with patches and small piles of dirt right now, showing the signs of a winter hosting holiday parties and concerts, and a week with plenty of rain. 

For Evan Longoria, though, that grass was a beautiful sight.

A month after a trade that had him switching coasts, Longoria was introduced at a press conference at AT&T Park and ran the usual gauntlet with team employees and season-ticket holders. He spent some time this week looking for housing in the Bay Area, but soon he’ll be back in Scottsdale, getting to know new teammates and preparing his body for the 2018 season. 

Longoria said his workouts have been a bit different with a new staff, but the goal remains the same. He is a player who prides himself on taking the field every day, and that’s one of the traits that drew the Giants to Longoria. He has played at least 156 games in five consecutive seasons, and 160 in four of those seasons. 

It’s no accident that Bruce Bochy has mentioned durability during every media session this season. Andrew McCutchen has a similar track record, and the Giants lineup certainly could use some stability, especially at third base, where seven different players made double-digit starts last season. Longoria will change that. 

“I have a desire to play every day, and I think that that is infectious,” he said. “Players that may feel the grind of a long season or might be in a little bit of a funk offensively or defensively or with pitching, something like that can give you a boost when you have guys around that you know come to play and compete on a daily basis, no matter what the circumstance is.”

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For Longoria, who turned 32 early in the offseason, the circumstance has changed for the better. After years on the unforgiving turf at The Trop, he comes to a park and division featuring nothing but natural grass. 

“I hope it helps,” he said. “Going on the road (with the Rays), my body definitely felt better when I played on grass. I’m sure that it will help. It’s definitely not going to be a negative. Not playing on the turf anymore is something that crossed my mind as soon as the trade happened.”

Longoria expects to benefit from another aspect of AT&T Park, too. The Rays finished dead last in the majors last year with an average of 15,670 fans per game. Even though their sellout streak ended, the Giants still had an average of more than 40,000 per night. Asked about playing outdoors, Longoria smiled and added, “in front of fans.”

“The environment here is obviously much different, so it’s going to be nice to step into that on a daily basis and play in front of a fan base that’s obviously very storied,” he said. “It helps with energy. It helps with motivation.”

McCutchen ready for more conversations with 'Steve the Seagull' at AT&T Park

McCutchen ready for more conversations with 'Steve the Seagull' at AT&T Park

Andrew McCutchen has been one of the best players in the National League for years now. The 31-year-old is a five-time All-Star and was named the 2013 NL MVP. 

Not only do his stats stand out, McCutchen is also one of the most entertaining players in baseball. And that's clearly going to continue in San Francisco. 

On Thursday, McCutchen was asked about the famous seagulls of San Francisco flying around the outfield at AT&T Park. 

"I definitely made a few friends out there over the years. Steve the Seagull out there, I know him," McCutchen said on KNBR. "He comes in every now and then. We have a little pow-wow when I come to San Francisco. Yeah, we get along well, me and the guys, me and the birds. They know when to come in that's for sure." 

Denard Span, who the Giants traded to acquire Evan Longoria, had a much different relationship with the seagulls. 

McCutchen is clearly the opposite of Span in this regard though. He seems about as calm as can be when it comes to the birds paying him a visit. 

"They chill, we have some conversations. It's all good," says McCutchen. 

One other aspect McCutchen can't wait for in the outfield at AT&T Park, is getting to know all the fans. Specifically, not being a part of a special chant Giants fans have for opposing outfielders. 

"I'm lookin' forward to fans not callin' me bums anymore," McCutchen said with a laugh. "I'm glad I'm on the winning side. I'm glad I'm on the San Francisco Giants side. I can't wait to meet all the fans."