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Giants offer updated timeline on Johnny Cueto's return to MLB roster

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Giants offer updated timeline on Johnny Cueto's return to MLB roster

The Johnny Cueto rehab tour is rolling on to Sacramento.

Cueto, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, took the latest step in his quest to return to the Giants when he tossed 60 pitches for Class-A Advanced San Jose on Tuesday. Cueto surrendered five runs on four hits while striking out three and walking one in 4 1/3 innings. The number of pitches is more important than the results, though, and Cueto's 60 pitches were enough to see him advance to the next stage of his rehab.

On Wednesday, the Giants announced Cueto would be headed to Triple-A Sacramento to pitch for the River Cats.

Via the Giants:

"Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto threw 60 pitches in his fourth rehab start last night, pitching for Class A Advanced San Jose. Cueto, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will join triple-A Sacramento for his next rehab start on Monday, August 26 and is scheduled to make at least two starts with the River Cats."

Two more starts for Cueto would put him in line to return for the series against the Dodgers on Sept. 6-8.

Cueto has been chronicling his journey on Instagram. 

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The Giants currently are 4 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot, but five teams are in front of them. 

With Tyler Beede struggling in the rotation, the Giants could use a late-season jolt from Cueto to try and make it to the playoffs.

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

The Giants' three-game series at Fenway Park was filled with so much history. 

Between a Yastrzemski reunion and San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career managerial win, there was much to be celebrated. That was until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner took the mound.

Across five frames in the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Giants, MadBum gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks. He struck out seven, but struggled in the second frame as he approached 200 innings on the season. 

The balls that were hit off of Bumgarner's in his ninth loss of the season weren't hit all that hard. Boston beat him by putting the bat on the ball with singles from Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few.

"This has probably been his worst year as far as luck," Bochy told reporters after the game. "I thought he threw better than what the numbers are going to show."

A pattern developed this year for Bumgarner on the road, and it wasn't a pretty one.

Away from Oracle Park this season, the four-time All-Star has a career-high 5.06 ERA with an opposing batting average of .280.

Call it tough luck, but as much as this sounds like a broken record, Bumgarner will be one of the top names in free agency this offseason, and it's no secret home/road splits are taken into account. 

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Bum talked about his outing after the loss, and couldn't explain some of the hits Boston got off him.

"Things don't always go your way," he said. "It's frustrating, you know. I feel really good about the way I threw."