SAN FRANCISCO — Three years ago, the Giants and Padres were the two teams in it until the very end for Pablo Sandoval’s services. He ended up in Boston, and when he became available again over the past week, the Padres politely backed away. They prefer youth and Rule 5 Draft picks. They came into this season knowing they might lose 100 games, and they didn’t mind. If anything, they welcomed the increased shot at the top pick in the 2018 draft. They’re here to tank, but the Giants (who expect to welcome Sandoval back on a minor league deal as soon as Friday) just won’t let them. Thursday’s 5-2 loss to San Diego was like so many others over the past calendar year. The Giants didn’t hit, they
Michael Morse, who has not played since he sustained a concussion while knocking heads with Jeff Samardzija during the Nationals-Giants brawl on Memorial Day, might not return this year. Manager Bruce Bochy said Morse has gone home to Florida to continue his recovery. Morse said as recently as late June he still had symptoms. Bochy did not sound encouraged when asked if the Giants might see Morse when rosters expand in September. "I haven't talked to Michael in a while," Bochy said. "He decided to go back and spend time relaxing with his family. He'll have to make a decision. I don't know where he's at." The decision is whether to go through a full-blown rehabilitation or give up on 2017. A rehab
The Los Angeles Dodgers (66-29) have been red-hot since losing three straight games in early June, winning 31 of their last 35 games to take an 11-game lead on the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the National League West. The Dodgers' success has come from just about everywhere. Manager Dave Roberts boasts a squad with the best ERA in baseball (3.07), the fifth-best offense (822 runs) and No. 12 in fielding percentage (.984).