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SAN FRANCISCO -- There are nights like Tuesday when Bruce Bochy will be tempted to move Angel Pagan. The Giants went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 on base, but Pagan twice came through. He singled home a runner on second in the third and doubled home a runner on first in the fourth. He later added another single, finishing the night at .356.
Bochy said he'll consider moving Pagan up at some point, but for now he loves the "second leadoff hitter" dynamic and Pagan does too. They'll leave him there, hoping that the big bats in the heart of the lineup start picking it up in RBI situations.
"He's a really good player, a clutch player," Bochy said. "The way he's running and playing every day, it's a little more than I expected."
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Bochy admitted he thought he would have to "baby" Pagan a bit, giving him extra days off after offseason knee surgery. Instead, Pagan was the last Giants starter to take a day off. He has missed just one start.
"He's healthy," Bochy said. "I think now we're seeing the Angel we know, because he's healthy."
As if to prove that point, Pagan rushed through a postgame interview, saying he had a "second game" to play. The gym was calling, and he had work to do. Pagan said he "worked hard this offseason" to get to this point, and he's happy that he's contributing to so many wins.
In every way, Pagan has been a good fit since being moved down in the lineup and over to left field. The Giants hoped he could provide speed and singles and doubles, but the RBI have been a pleasant surprise. Pagan has 11 so far, but he said this shouldn't be much of a shock.
"My career numbers show I'm over .300 (.306 to be exact) with men in scoring position," he said. "My approach changes. I get more patient and more compact. Every time I have someone there, I know I can contribute."
Pagan did it twice with two outs Tuesday, improving to 11-for-19 with four RBI with two outs this season.
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--- Single-A shortstop Travious Relaford was suspended 100 games for a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Here’s the killer line from MLB’s release: The suspension will be “effective immediately upon the completion of his current suspension.” The 23-year-old hit just .237 when he did play last season, and he has a .669 OPS in his minor league career.