Padres-Giants Preview

If the San Francisco Giants’ rotation stays intact through the

end of the week, Matt Cain won’t see any action in the upcoming

All-Star Game. That doesn’t mean the right-hander doesn’t belong

among the game’s elite.

Cain carries a scoreless streak of 15 1-3 innings into his start

Tuesday night at AT&T Park, where the NL West-leading Giants

seek a rare home win over the San Diego Padres.

Picked by Giants manager Bruce Bochy – the NL’s manager – to his

second All-Star team Sunday, Cain (7-4, 3.02 ERA) will unlikely be

allowed to pitch in next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in Phoenix

because he is also slated to start Sunday versus the New York


Major League Baseball created a rule last season that prevents

pitchers who start the team’s last game before the break from

playing in the All-Star Game.

“You can’t really do anything about how the rotation is set,” he

told the Giants’ official website. “You get the opportunity to go,

be an All-Star and go to the game.”

Cain earned his trip this year by going 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in

six June starts. He has pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in

each of his last two outings, and he has a 0.43 ERA in his last

three appearances.

The Giants (48-38) could use another strong outing from Cain

after losing 5-3 in Monday’s series opener. San Francisco, which

had posted five straight victories at AT&T Park, has dropped 11

of 14 at home to San Diego.

While the Giants hope Cain’s success continues into July, the

Padres (39-47), winners of nine of 12, are looking for the same

from Tim Stauffer (4-5, 2.97). The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.00

ERA in five starts since yielding seven runs in a 7-4 loss to

Houston on June 2.

“Since then, he’s turned it around, he’s making every pitch

count and is trying to get an out with every pitch,” manager Bud

Black told the Padres’ official website after Stauffer yielded one

run and four hits in seven innings of Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over

Kansas City.

Stauffer, who last won three consecutive outings Aug. 26-Sept.

6, 2009, gave up four runs over 4 2-3 innings of an 8-4 home loss

to San Francisco on April 6. He is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six

starts against the Giants.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, 4 for 9 with a homer off Stauffer,

will try to extend his career-best hitting streak to 16 games after

going 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and double Monday. He is also

looking to become the first Giant since Willie Mays from May

23-June 3, 1954, to get an extra-base hit in 10 consecutive


Padres third baseman Chase Headley is also enjoying a successful

run at the plate, batting .441 (30 for 68) over the last 17 games.

He has six hits in 21 at-bats against Cain.

San Diego left fielder Ryan Ludwick is 5 for 12 with two homers

off the right-hander.