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Preview: Diamondbacks (5-14) at Giants (10-7)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: September 07, 2013 9:05 PM EDT
  

After nearly witnessing the second perfect game in franchise history, the San Francisco Giants are hoping to see a strong outing from their only pitcher to accomplish that momentous feat.

Matt Cain will try to have a successful return from his first stint on the disabled list and help the Giants put another dent in the Arizona Diamondbacks' faint playoff hopes Saturday night.

Yusmeiro Petit, who took Cain's spot in the rotation, was within one out of perfection Friday, but Eric Chavez's pinch-hit single landed just in front of a diving Hunter Pence in right field. The 3-0 victory pushed Arizona eight games behind Cincinnati in the race for the NL's final wild card berth with 22 left to play.

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Cain (8-8, 4.43 ERA) will try to hinder the Diamondbacks' postseason hopes in his first game back from a bruised right forearm. The right-hander suffered the injury when he was hit by a line drive in a 10-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Aug. 22.

"We were fortunate there was no fracture and so was he," manager Bruce Bochy said after that game. "That ball was smoked. It caught him flush."

Cain is 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona, losers in six of nine, and 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last four home matchups. He gave up two runs over five innings in his most recent meeting with the Diamondbacks, a 4-3 victory at AT&T Park on July 20.

Arizona (71-69) is hitting .235 in its last nine games - 23 points lower than its season average - and has produced 20 runs. The Diamondbacks have scored 18 runs in their past nine contests against San Francisco while batting .227.

The Giants (63-78) have won 10 of 14 over their NL West rivals, and they'll face a struggling Brandon McCarthy in this game.

McCarthy (3-9, 4.94) is 1-6 with a 5.92 ERA in his last seven starts, the last six occurring since a return from the disabled list (right shoulder inflammation). The right-hander earned a 6-1 win over San Diego on Aug. 26, allowing one unearned run over seven innings, but suffered a complete-game loss to Toronto on Monday.

He gave up four runs and five hits in that 4-1 defeat and has received two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts.

"He threw well and gave us a chance to win," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We just didn't hit."

McCarthy did not get a decision in his only start against San Francisco on May 1. He allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings in that 9-6 defeat.

Pence and Angel Pagan homered and doubled off him in that game. Pence, batting .500 (12 for 24) with three homers in his last seven games, is 5 for 10 with four extra-base hits in his career against McCarthy.

The Giants likely won't have catcher Buster Posey for this rest of this series. He has missed the past three games with a broken right ring finger.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Diamondbacks at Giants
Thu, Sep 5 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Diamondbacks at Giants
Fri, Sep 6 Final 0 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Diamondbacks at Giants
Sat, Sep 7 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Diamondbacks at Giants
Sun, Sep 8 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +130   -180   7 
 SFO  -140   +160   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +135   -170   7 
 SFO  -150   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  32%   8%   48% 
 SFO  68%   92%   52% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 0 Under: 3 
 SFO 3 Cover: +114 
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 Sep 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 4 Cover: +100 
 SFO 2 Under: 6 
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 Sep 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 8 Cover: +160 
 ARI 2 Over: 10 
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 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 3 Under: 7 
 ARI 4 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 1 Cover: +115 
 ARI 0 Under: 1 
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 Jul 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 3 Cover: +155 
 SFO 1 Under: 4 
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 Jul 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 3 Push: 7 
 SFO 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 0 Under: 2 
 SFO 2 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 6 Cover: +125 
 ARI 2 Under: 8 
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 Jun 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 10 Cover: +100 
 ARI 5 Over: 15 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Sep 7
 
    White Sox at Orioles
1:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Reds
1:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
4:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Indians
6:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Royals
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Twins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Rockies at Padres
8:40 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
9:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Giants
9:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Mariners
9:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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