Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Panik delivers as Giants beat Royals 2-1 in 11 innings

Panik delivers as Giants beat Royals 2-1 in 11 innings

Four-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday as the San Francisco Giants return to Kansas City for the first time since the 2014 World Series to begin a two-game interleague series with the Royals. It seems likely that the Giants will try to pass Federowicz through waivers in the hope of keeping him in the organization as a depth option in the event of further injuries to either Posey or backup Nick Hundley. He is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in his first two outings, and tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against Oakland his last time out. The Giants had clear a 40-man spot when they purchased his contracted and designated pitcher Clayton Blackburn, whom they then traded to the Rangers for 20-year-old infield prospect Frandy De La Rosa. They wanted the extra pitcher for the two games in an American League Park and the three at Coors Field.

Posey was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after he took a 94 miles per hour fastball off the helmet from Arizona's Taijuan Walker last week. He returned as the designated hitter Tuesday. "I'm not big on ranking stuff like that, but if you're going to force me to do it, it's got to be No. 1", Bumgarner said of his save in Game 7.

"We just felt like it was a good move right now, where the season falls", Posey said "It makes sense right now". They've also dropped four of their last five games when opening a new series and are just 11-27 in their last 38 road games when facing a team with a home winning percentage of greater than.600. Tumpane threw out his arms, called Hosmer safe and the Royals' struggling first baseman had his sixth hit of the home stand.

Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. "Besides that, I'm not real nostalgic when I walk into the office thinking about the Giants and the World Series".

OUR PICK: The Giants have been an very bad play with Cain on the mound.

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