Apr 22, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) hits a single in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Game & Lineups: Buster Posey Returns As Giants Try To Take Series From Rockies

The Giants and the Rockies play the final game of their 3 game series in Denver this afternoon. After missing a start with a strained left hip, RHP Tim Hudson (4-2, 2.09 ERA) returns to the mound to face the Rockies and LHP Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 4.14 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 PT.

Oh yeah, Buster Posey is back behind the plate as well. The Giants will finally have his bat back in the lineup. Not that they missed it last night. The Giants hit 3 home runs in last night’s 5-1 victory in Denver.

The opposite of Posey, is Santiago Casilla. He has been placed on the 15-day DL after straining a hamstring while trying to leg out a routine ground ball. George Kontos has been recalled. Melissa has more details and quotes here.

Matt Cain also had an MRI and the Giants are awaiting the results. It is not known if he will make his next start.

The Giants are looking for their first series win in Denver since September of 2012. They are 10-4 in series finales this season and a very good 8-1 over their last 9.

The lineups for today’s matinée.

Tim Hudson has never won at Coors Field. Lifetime he is 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA. Hudson has allowed 28 earned runs in 34 innings in the thin air of Colorado.

Jorge De La Rosa has been very tough at home, especially against the Giants. He’s 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA at Coors Field against the Giants and the Rockies as a team have gone 8-1 in those starts.

Hunter Pence is on an 8-game hitting streak. He is loving Coors Field lately. Pence is 10 for his last 18 in Denver. Against today’s starter De La Rosa, Pence has 5 hits in 19 at bats, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs. He also it his 4th home run of the season last night.

Here’s some positive thinking for today’s series finale. The Giants are best in the majors during the day with a 13-4 record. They average 5.35 runs per game in the daytime, and 3.53 runs per game at night.

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