Giants shuffle roster again, recall Sanchez, Dunning
First baseman Pill optioned, reliever Ramirez designated for assignment
PITTSBURGH -- Continuing to tweak their roster, the Giants recalled catcher Hector Sanchez and right-hander Jake Dunning from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.
As corresponding moves, San Francisco optioned first baseman Brett Pill to Fresno and designated right-hander Ramon Ramirez for assignment.
This marked the fourth time in five playing dates, including the third day in a row, that the Giants announced pregame personnel moves. Some were prompted by injuries, such as those sustained by Pablo Sandoval (which led to Nick Noonan's return) and Angel Pagan (which made Juan Perez's debut possible).
Others were perceived upgrades, such as Thursday's.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that the switch-hitting Sanchez would be a better fit to bring off the bench than Pill. Sanchez, who was on San Francisco's Opening Day roster, hit .320 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage in 19 games for Fresno.
Bochy said that Fresno manager Bob Mariano assured him that Sanchez also is more physically able to catch than he was earlier this season, when he was bothered by a shoulder injury.
In his second stint with the Giants, Pill was batting .154 (4-for-26) in 13 games. He received his second recall on May 21, when he was leading the Pacific Coast League with 47 RBIs. Pill also spent May 14-17 with San Francisco.
Ramirez owned an 11.12 ERA, having surrendered runs in five of six outings since San Francisco purchased his contract on May 29.
"It's fair to say Ramon's been struggling," Bochy said. "So it's time for a change there and get some more help up here in the bullpen."
Bochy envisions Dunning as a middle-inning reliever. The 24-year-old Spring Training invitee was 1-2 with a 1.75 ERA in 23 relief outings for Fresno. In 36 innings, he struck out 31, allowed 38 hits and walked 10. That gave him a WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) of 1.33. He'll make his Major League debut with his first Giants appearance.
Noonan denied first homer by video review
PITTSBURGH -- Nick Noonan lost his first Major League home run in Thursday night's ninth inning when umpires reviewed the ninth-inning, leadoff drive he hit off Pittsburgh right-hander Vin Mazzaro.
After Noonan was allowed to circle the bases -- second-base umpire Wally Bell signaled that the rookie had homered -- Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle challenged the ruling. Television replays indicated that Hurdle was correct: The ball struck the yellow padding atop the right-center-field barrier and didn't clear it, which is required for a home run to that section at PNC Park.
After the umpires reviewed video and overturned the initial call, Noonan was awarded a double and eventually scored the Giants' final run in their 10-0 victory.
"Who invented that, anyway?" Noonan jokingly said of the replay rule.
Noonan felt as if he had homered anyway.
"I had all the experience of hitting one except for the numbers," he said. "I jogged around the bases, [got] high-fives."
Bochy tabs Johnson, Collins as NL All-Star coaches
PITTSBURGH -- Bruce Bochy honored a mentor and paid respect to a longtime peer in selecting his coaches for next month's All-Star Game at New York.
Bochy, who will pilot the National League squad as the manager of last year's World Series-winning Giants, took a New York, New York approach in selecting Washington manager Davey Johnson and Mets manager Terry Collins as his coaches for the July 16 Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. The appointments were officially announced Thursday.
Johnson's 1984-1990 stint as Mets manager included a still-legendary World Series triumph in 1986, when the club finished 108-54 in the regular season.
That came a few years after Johnson, a roving hitting instructor in the Mets' Minor League system before ascending to manager, bolstered Bochy's confidence at the plate. Bochy played in the Mets organization from 1981-82.
"I have some history with Davey," Bochy said. "He helped me as a player. From what I understand, this could be his last year. He has some history in New York, so I thought it would be neat for him to get his accolades."
Bochy also wanted Collins to receive his due as the manager of the club that occupies this year's All-Star home.
"I've known Terry for a while," Bochy said. "He's right there. It makes sense to take him."
Bochy's Giants coaching staff also will be on hand.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.