Already having pushed past an April slump, Buster Posey finds himself mired in a May skid. According to the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, he has been working with hitting coach Hensley Meulens on being more upright in the batter’s box. Manager Bruce Bochy told the newspapper, “I thought he looked good. He felt a lot freer. He was getting his normal bat speed. I think he felt a lot more comfortable today and looked a lot more comfortable.” … Tim Hudson (5-2) turned in another vintage outing, tossing seven scoreless innings vs. the Cubs last week. Cubs manager Rick Renteria: “It was all Hudson. He did a great job. You have to tip your hat to him. He threw a very nice ballgame. We weren’t able to put a whole lot together.” The 38-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts, and he has pitched at least seven innings eight times.
The team honored first responders involved in fighting the recent wildfires. The players and coaches formed two lines in the outfield and greeted the first responders as they walked in from the warning track. … Andrew Cashner (sore right elbow) played long toss for the first time since going on the DL. Cashner is scheduled to throw again today. … Newly acquired LHP Troy Patton, acquired from Baltimore in a trade for C Nick Hundley, should complement LHP Alex Torres in the bullpen.
Wilin Rosario has been struggling at the plate recently, so Jorge De La Rosa gave him a pep talk before a game last week vs. the Phillies. “I told Rosario in the training room before the game, ‘You have to do something to win the game,’” De La Rosa said. “And he did.” Rosario, who entered the game without a hit in his previous 13 at-bats, belted a three-run homer to lift the Rockies. The left-handed De La Rosa improved to 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts.
Compiled by Rick Crotts from wire reports.