San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was chosen Friday as the winner of the 2013 Willie Mac Award prior to the Giants 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres.
The award is named after Giants legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and is given annually to the club's most inspirational player. The award is primarily determined by votes among players with coaches, members of the athletic training staff, fans and McCovey himself casting a vote. Current Giants to win the award are Matt Cain (2009), Andres Torres (2010), Ryan Vogelsong (2011) and Buster Posey (2012).
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting Saturday that the Giants and Pence have agreed to a five-year deal worth $90 million.
The Giants connected with three homers at home for the second time this season Friday night and Juan Perez recorded his first career home run. The Giants have smacked 25 homers this month, which is the most they hit in any month this season.
Giants lefty Jeremy Affeldt had surgery to repair a sports hernia and manager Bruce Bochy said Affeldt will spend the next six to eight weeks rehabbing from surgery.
Bochy also said Guillermo Moscoso will start the season finale Sunday in place of Cain, who finishes the season with a 8-10 record and 4.00 ERA in 30 starts.
Lastly, the Giants will not finish in last place this season after Friday's win. 2007 was the last time the Giants finished in the cellar going 71-91 that year.
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