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9 Brandon Belt 1B
Height/Weight: 6-5/219 | Birthdate: 4/20/1988 | Birthplace: Nacogdoches, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: San Francisco | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $531,500 | Owned/Started%: 56/22 | Average Draft Position: 196.15
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Giants 1B Brandon Belt to see more time in left field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will see more time in left field as manager Bruce Bochy looks for a way to get Belt and catchers Buster Posey and Andrew Susac in the lineup at the same time, CSN Bay Area reports.

Belt drew a start in left field last Sunday for the first time since 2012, and it appears he'll see more work in the outfield moving forward. However, the impending return of right fielder Hunter Pence could also create a playing-time crunch between Belt, Susac and outfielder Nori Aoki.


Giants left fielder Nori Aoki back in the starting lineup Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki returns to the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants and will bat lead off, reports CSN Bay Area.

Aoki, who received his first off day of the season Friday, is hitting .311 with three RBI in 74 at-bats this season. Also in the lineup Saturday is catcher Andrew Susac, with Buster Posey shifting to first base and moving Brandon Belt to the bench. Susac, making just his third start of the year, is hitting 3 for 8 with two strikeouts to start the year.


Giants' Brandon Belt starting in left field Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is starting in left field in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Belt has spent all but one inning at first base since the start of the 2013 season, with his only non-1B appearance coming last year, when he played one inning in right field in a game. The position isn't completely foreign to the infielder, as he made 30 starts in 2011 and four starts in 2012 in left field.

The alignment allows manager Bruce Bochy to start Buster Posey and first base and insert Andrew Susac at catcher. With Belt in the outfield, Gregor Blanco is not in the starting lineup.

The Giants are favorites (-135) against the Diamondbacks Sunday.


Slumping Giants 1B Belt lowered Friday to sixth in order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The combination of a personally difficult matchup and a season-long slump has motivated Giants manager Bruce Bochy to drop first baseman Brandon Belt to sixth in the lineup Friday night for the first time this season.

Belt is 2 for 16 lifetime against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter. He is also 2 for 23 on the year with a slash line of .067/.160/.087.


1B Brandon Belt returns to Giants starting lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) After missing four straight games with a hamstring injury, first baseman Brandon Belt will start in Sunday's series finale against the Padres, per the San Francisco Chronicle

Belt had been taking part at baseball-related activities at less-than-full speed, in the hopes of returning to the lineup, and his hamstring passed the test. 

Belt returns to a favorable matchup against Padres starter Tyson Ross, against whom he has hit .364 with three RBIs in 11 career at-bats. 


Giants' Brandon Belt feeling pretty good, ready to return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said Saturday that he felt pretty good after taking part in baseball activities at 70 percent effort and that he doesn't feel his hamstring injury while swinging, CSN Bay Area reports.

If Belt wakes up Sunday without having suffered a setback, he could be back in the lineup for his team's game against the Padres. Manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that while a Sunday return was possible, Monday was more likely for the first baseman.


Brandon Belt not in Giants' Friday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will miss his third straight game on Friday. 

Belt has been sidelined with a sore groin and was initially listed as questionable for Friday against the Padres. 

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Belt may return to the lineup on Sunday, but Monday is more likely, per MLB.com.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt could pinch-hit on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who is hoping to avoid a stint on the disabled list, took 25 swings in the cage on Wednesday, and could be used as a pinch-hitter on Thursday against San Diego, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Belt has been sidelined since Tuesday with a groin strain.

"I think we got it at the right time," Bochy said. "We did the best thing that could be done (Tuesday) night and pulled him out. Hopefully we'll be able to throw him out there in the next few days."


Giants' Brandon Belt hoping to avoid DL stint with mild groin strain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is dealing with a very mild groin strain and is optimistic he will avoid landing on the DL with the injury, Belt said per CSN Bay Area.

Belt pulled up lame when trying to make a catch in Tuesday's game and was forced to leave with the injury. He is hoping to take some batting practice Wednesday, but doesn't know when he will be able to return yet.


Giants' Brandon Belt (groin) out of starting lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Diamondbacks.

Belt left Tuesday's game with a groin injury and was scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday. With the first baseman sidelined, catcher Buster Posey will shift to first base and Hector Sanchez will enter the game at catcher.

The Giants will also start Matt Duffy at second base and Justin Maxwell in right field Wednesday, sending Joe Panik and Gregor Blanco to the bench.


Giants' Brandon Belt exits game with groin injury, headed for MRI


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was forced out of Tuesday's contest against Arizona with a groin strain, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Belt came up lame after trying to catch a popup near the first base line in the bottom of the fourth inning. He lined out in the first and singled in the fourth before limping out of the game. He was replaced by Joaquin Arias.

After the game, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that Belt will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury. Belt is hitting .167 this season. Bochy acknowledged that he will have his Triple-A options on alert because he is lacking depth on the bench, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

"I just don't think it's too bad right now in my opinion," Belt said, per the Bay Area News Group.


Giants left fielder Norichika Aoki batting lead off Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Giants Opening Day lineup will go left fielder Norichika Aoki, second baseman Joe Panik, center fielder Angel Pagan, catcher Buster Posey, first baseman Brandon Belt, third baseman Casey McGehee, shortstop Brandon Crawford, right fielder Gregor Blanco and pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

It was uncertain where Aoki would be slotted in the lineup with manager Bruce Bochy experimenting with him leading off during spring training.


Giants mull using Belt, Duffy, Duvall in outfield


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said having first baseman Brandon Belt play in the outfield is "currently being discussed" as Hunter Pence is nursing a broken arm and Angel Pagan is dealing with a sore back, per SFGate.com.

“I’m down, for sure. I’m here to do whatever they need me to do,” Belt said. “If they want me to go the outfield, I’m ready to do it. If they want me to go on the mound and pitch, I’m ready to do that.”

Bochy also said Matt Duffy and Adam Duvall could be options to play in the outfield as well.

“We have coverage. It’s going to be up to us to decide which way we’re going to go,” Bochy said. “A lot depends on where we’re at with Angel before I jump to any conclusions.”


Giants' GM: 'We need a bust-out season from' Brandon Belt


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Giants general manager Brian Sabean said the club needs "a bust-out season from" first baseman Brandon Belt, according to the San Jose Mercury News

The 26-year-old came into 2014 poised to have a big season, but injuries got in the way. Belt was limited to just 61 games last season due to a thumb injury and complications with a concussion. He hit .243/.306/.449 over 214 at-bats.

Belt is expected to hit in the middle of the order this season, and that should lead to higher expectations. For what it's worth, Sabean thinks Belt can handle it. "He's capable of it, and he might be poised to do it," he said.


Belt, Posey, Pence to hit 3-4-5 in Giants' expected lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy outlined the plans he has for the batting order in 2015, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

He expects Angel Pagan to hit leadoff. He will be followed by Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Casey McGehee, Norichika Aoki and Brandon Crawford. The pitcher will hit ninth.


Giants avoid arbitration with Brandon Belt


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) The Giants were able to avoid arbitration with first baseman Brandon Belt after they agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million contract, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Belt originally filed for $4.5 million in arbitration, while the Giants countered with $3 million. In 2014, Belt hit .243 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI.


Report: Giants swap arbitration figures with Belt, Blanco


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has filed for $4.5 million in arbitration while outfielder Gregor Blanco has filed for $4 million, 16 WAPT Sports reports.

The team has offered Belt $3 million and Blanco $3.3 million. Belt is in his first year of arbitration eligibility while Blanco is eligible for arbitration for a second year.


Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Giants have tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players, per the team's official website on Tuesday. Those players include: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco, Hector Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa and Yusmeiro Petit.

Brandon Belt's 18th-inning HR lifts Giants past Nationals in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt provided the swing that gave his club a 2-0 series lead over the Nationals on Saturday.

Belt, who had just 12 home runs in the regular season, uncorked a solo home run off Tanner Roark to lead off the 18th inning. The long ball proved to be the distance, as he finished 1 for 7 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-1 Game 2 victory, the longest game in postseason history (6:23). He's gone 5 for 14 with five RBI in three postseason games.


Brandon Belt drives in three runs in wild-card win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 2 for 3 with two walks and three RBI in his team's 8-0 wild-card victory over the Pirates Wednesday.

Belt was on base when Brandon Crawford opened up the scoring with a fourth-inning grand slam, and the first baseman tacked on a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on a pair of singles. Belt and the Giants face the Nationals in Washington Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.


Brandon Belt activated from 7-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was activated from the 7-day disabled list on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He batted .237 with 11 homers and 24 RBI over 186 at-bats.

Brandon Belt cleared for baseball activities


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) After visiting a concussion doctor, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been cleared for full baseball activities on Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Belt  has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He batted .237 with 11 homers and 24 RBI over 186 at-bats.

Giants hope Brandon Belt receives clearance Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will see a concussion doctor in Pittsburgh Wednesday, and the team hopes he'll be fully cleared to resume baseball activities, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He has hit .237/.296/.446 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 186 at-bats.


Brandon Belt still 10 days away from baseball-related activities


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still approximately 10 days away from resuming baseball-related activities, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 because of a concussion. He remains without a timetable moving forward.

Brandon Belt able to work out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been able to resume working out, according to MLB.com.

Belt remains a few weeks away due to a concussion, but has started working out again. He has not started baseball activities yet. Belt has been out since August 6 due to the injury.