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9/29/2014 | Big games have brought out best in Blanco

Anything can happen, the pundits say, in a one-game matchup. This makes Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco a prime candidate to make a difference in Wednesday's Wild Card Game at Pittsburgh, because he can do almost anything (watch on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT).

9/29/2014 | Position-by-position breakdown for Giants-Pirates

It's often said that experience plays a pivotal role come October. This year's National League Wild Card Game (Wednesday night at 8:07 ET) between the Giants and Pirates presents an interesting twist on that traditional concept.

9/29/2014 | Constructing a winner: Giants

For the third time in five years, the Giants are headed back to the playoffs. And while some faces have changed from their 2010 and '12 World Series winning clubs, much remains the same.

9/28/2014 | Giants ready for wild environs in Pittsburgh

Buster Posey watched last season's Wild Card Games from his couch, and he was impressed by the intense atmospheres created by the do-or-die contests. He'll experience it for himself on Wednesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh at 5:07 p.m. PT on ESPN.

9/28/2014 | Giants, Bucs both like their Wild Card chances

Both the visiting Giants and the Pirates are confident heading into their Wild Card clash on Wednesday night and, with Madison Bumgarner going for SF and Edinson Volquez starting for the Bucs, why wouldn't they be.

9/28/2014 | Pence fires up AT&T crowd after Game 162

Hunter Pence led the crowd in the team's "YES" celebration, in which the dugout celebrates home runs by moving up and down and pointing one finger to the sky. With Pence as their leader, the sellout crowd at AT&T Park did the chant in unison.

9/28/2014 | Panda coy about future with club

Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco's regular third baseman, is eligible for free agency after this season. Despite his slightly underwhelming offensive totals this year, including a .279 batting average with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs, he's expected to command a lucrative multiyear deal.

9/28/2014 | Ishikawa likely to start in left field vs. former team

Travis Ishikawa started at first base for the Pirates on Opening Day. He'll likely be patrolling left field at PNC Park for the Giants in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

9/28/2014 | Giants use season finale as tuneup for Wild Card Game

The Giants tuned up for Wednesday's Wild Card game at Pittsburgh and won their season finale in the process Sunday, as Buster Posey and Adam Duvall homered to help San Francisco defeat San Diego, 9-3.

9/28/2014 | Challenge overturns call at first in seventh

Joe Panik hit a soft dribbler down the third-base line, and Padres pitcher Frank Garces fired to first. First-base umpire Tom Hallion called Panik out, which prompted a challenge from Bochy, and the call was overturned.

9/28/2014 | Three keys for Giants to win NL Wild Card Game

One thing's for sure: The Giants won't be overconfident entering Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game in Pittsburgh. Not with the Pirates having defeated them four times in six games this year, and not with the Bucs having won six of the teams' last nine meetings at PNC Park. But, as baseball people repeat mantra-like in these situations, anything can happen in one game. Here are three keys to a victorious performance for the Giants.

9/28/2014 | Giants turn to MadBum for Wild Card Game

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made it official Sunday morning: Madison Bumgarner will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game for the Giants in Pittsburgh.

9/27/2014 | GM praises youth for helping Giants make playoffs

The Giants had no business reaching the postseason. But the Giants indeed qualified for Wednesday's Wild Card Game at either Pittsburgh or St. Louis, helped by the rookie reinforcements they received from the Minor Leagues.

9/27/2014 | Giants top Padres on Crawford's clutch hit

A reserve-laden lineup loaded the bases in the eighth inning Saturday for Brandon Crawford, whose two-run single was enough to back stellar pitching as the Giants defeated the Padres, 3-1, inside AT&T Park.

9/27/2014 | Cain has surgery to remove bone spur in ankle

Giants right-hander Matt Cain underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Saturday morning to remove a bone spur, the club announced.

9/27/2014 | Heston gets first Major League start in finale

With Madison Bumgarner being saved for the Wild Card Game, 26-year-old Giants righty Chris Heston will make his first career Major League start, opposing the Padres' Robbie Erlin.

9/27/2014 | Pence sits, ends consecutive starts streak

For Giants right fielder Hunter Pence, preparing for the postseason took an unusual turn Saturday: resting. Pence wasn't in Saturday's lineup, ending his Major League-high streak of 331 consecutive starts.

9/27/2014 | Loss ensures Giants will play Wild Card on road

The Giants' 4-1 loss Friday night to the San Diego Padres guaranteed that they'll play Wednesday's Wild Card showdown away from home.

9/26/2014 | Bumgarner voted Giants' Willie Mac Award winner

Madison Bumgarner, the leading winner on the Giants' pitching staff and a top competitor among all members of the roster, received the 2014 Willie Mac Award on Friday as the team's most inspirational player.

9/26/2014 | Peavy set to face Padres for first time

While Saturday's game may be meaningless in the standings, it will likely be memorable for the Giants' Jake Peavy, since it's the first time the 33-year-old will face the Padres, the team he broke into the Majors with. He'll be opposed by Eric Stults, who will not only try to finish his second half on a strong note, but his season on a high note.

9/26/2014 | Giants play it safe with Posey's sore back

A sore back forced Buster Posey to leave Thursday night's game after the sixth inning, and that same sore back kept him out of the Giants' lineup Friday night. Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey underwent an MRI, but the results came up clean.

9/26/2014 | Giants set for special Willie Mac night

Friday will represent one of the finest days of the year on the Giants' calendar, right up there with the home opener and Until There's A Cure Day. This is the night that the Willie Mac Award will be given to the Giant who's selected as the team's most inspirational player.

9/26/2014 | Light work gives Lincecum 100th career win

Thanks to a three-run seventh by the Giants in Thursday's 9-8 victory over the Giants, Tim Lincecum earned the win, the 100th of his career, by throwing just two pitches.

9/26/2014 | Giants squeeze out win after clinching Wild Card

The Giants scored in each of the first five innings, Pablo Sandoval drove in four runs and the Giants recovered from blowing a six-run lead en route to defeating the Padres, 9-8, inside AT&T Park on Thursday.

9/25/2014 | Kennedy seeks milestone vs. playoff-bound Giants

Ian Kennedy's final start of the year will come against the Giants, who clinched a spot in the playoffs Thursday but are hoping to earn home-field advantage for Wednesday's Wild Card game vs. the Pirates or Cardinals. San Francisco will send Ryan Vogelsong, looking for his 50th career victory, to face off against Kennedy and the Padres.

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