The San Francisco Giants are back home and open up a 10-game homestand that begins with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.
The 45-30 Giants remain four games up in the National League West, while the 32-44 Padres sit in fourth place and 13.5 games behind the Giants.
The Giants are 23-15 at home, 3-3 versus the Padres and 20-18 overall against the NL West. They are 7-8 at home against their division rivals and 14-10 in series openers.
Tonight's matchup will be a battle between Matt Cain (1-5) and Odrisamer Despalgne (0-0). Cain has a 7-12 career record versus the Padres with a 3.04 ERA and 196 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Tuesday night features Tim Hudson (7-3) taking on Jeese Hahn (2-1). Hudson owns a lifetime 7-2 mark against San Diego with a 2.71 ERA and 69 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Wednesday afternoon has Tim Lincecum (5-5) opposing Ian Kennedy (5-8). Lincecum is 14-6 all-time versus the Padres with a 2.47 ERA and 204 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45pm.
The Giants own the third best batting average in the NL at home with a .265 mark, while scoring 159 runs, smacking 30 home runs and leads the NL with 15 triples. The pitching has a 3.22 ERA at home and is holding the opposition to a .229 batting average, good for second best in the NL.
They lead baseball scoring 53 runs in the first inning and enter this series with the third best record in the majors.
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