--RF Carlos Beltran, who's hitting .426 in September with four homers and 12 RBI, is open to returning to the Giants, his agent said. Scott Boras, appearing at Monday's "Moneyball" premiere in Oakland, said, "He came to the Giants for a reason. Obviously, he has played very well here. He has gotten a chance to get to know the city and the organization."
--3B Pablo Sandoval was named NL player of the week after hitting .440 with four homers and 10 RBI. The Giants went 6-0 in the week as part of their eight-game streak, which has brought the team closer to contention. Not all the way. But closer, and Sandoval is helping to lead the charge. He hit a cycle one game and two homers in an inning in another.
--1B-LF Brandon Belt is returning to the site of his debut. The Giants opened the 2011 season at Dodger Stadium, and Belt was the first baseman in his first big-league game. But ineffectiveness and injuries made his first season a disappointing one, and he's bringing a .216 average into the game. Early in the season, with Belt at first, Aubrey Huff played the outfield. Now Huff's back at first, and rookie 1B Brett Pill also is pushing for playing time. Belt has a week and a half, an offseason and another spring training to prove he's worthy of another Opening Day start.
--RHP Brian Wilson will return to his closer role Tuesday night in L.A. Wilson was activated before Sunday's game in Denver and threw a perfect eighth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy had said he'd wait until the opener at Dodger Stadium to make Wilson the closer again. It was Wilson's first appearance since Aug. 15. He had been shelved because of elbow inflammation.
--RHP Sergio Romo enters Tuesday's game with a shutout streak of 20 1/3 innings, covering 25 outings, longest in the NL. In the stretch, he has given up six hits in 64 at-bats, a .093 average. Romo's 12.3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (62 K's, five walks) is tops in the majors, and his 89.3 percent of inherited runners stranded (25 of 28) is third highest in the majors.
BY THE NUMBERS
8 -- Consecutive wins for the Giants, their longest winning streak since April 18-28, 2007. They swept the Rockies in a series that ended Sunday, their first four-game sweep since July 5-8, 2010, in Milwaukee. Their last four-game sweep in Denver was Aug. 26-29, 2002. The Giants have beaten the Rockies 15 of the last 20 times.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We've never stopped believing. Maybe other people stopped believing, but we come in here and try to win baseball games. Thank God we've been playing good lately." -- RF Carlos Beltran, on the streaking Giants, who have won eight straight to move four games behind NL wild-card-leading Atlanta.
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