Giants activate Matt Cain from the disabled list for Friday’s start

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Via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have activated Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list in time to make tonight’s start against the Mets. To clear room on the roster, the club has designated lefty David Huff for assignment.

Cain went on the disabled list retroactive to May 22 with a strained right hamstring. The Giants had hoped he was healthy enough to make last Saturday’s start against the Cardinals, but decided to be cautious and give Cain the time he needed to recuperate.

Cain, 29, resumes his season with a 3.66 ERA and a 39/17 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings across eight starts. He’ll be opposed by Jonathon Niese for tonight’s match in San Francisco.

Huff, 29, posted a 6.30 ERA with an 11/6 K/BB ratio over 20 innings out of the bullpen.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.