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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%: 79/67 | Average Draft Position: 196.20
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Giants 1B Brandon Belt remains on roll with upper-deck HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt homered and had three hits for the fourth time in six games Friday at Colorado. He went 3 for 5 with one double, two runs, two RBI and one strikeout.

Belt connected for a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Kyle Kendrick. It was his fourth home run, which have all come in the last six games. Friday's home run landed in the upper deck at Coors Field.

"It's almost like you were hitting a T-ball," Belt said, per MLB.com. "You hear the crack of the bat and you know which way it's going."

Belt has been on an offensive tear since early May. He is batting .403 in his last 17 games, raising his average from .214 to .317 in that span. Belt also has a .459 on-base percentage, .746 slugging percentage, 1.206 OPS, one triple, nine doubles, 11 RBI and 17 runs in his last 17 games.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt says he's fine after being hit by pitch


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was hit by a pitch during Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers, but Belt said he was fine after the game, reports CSN Bay Area.

Belt was hit around his wrist by Clayton Kershaw, but there was no damage to the wrist. Belt went 0 for 3 with one strike out during the contest.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt moves to seventh in the order Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Dodgers. But with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles, Belt will hit in the seventh spot in the lineup. It's the first time he's batted lower than sixth all season.

Belt has just three hits in 32 career at-bats against Kershaw, which is likely the reason for the move down the batting order. 

Belt has been hot at the plate, batting .381 with three home runs and eight RBI over his last 10 games. 


Giants 1B Brandon Belt sitting against lefty Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) A matchup against Dodgers southpaw Brett Anderson on Wednesday has Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set to sit.

Belt has been on a roll, but is just 3-for-20 against lefties this season. He had three hits in three consecutive games until going 0-for-3 on Tuesday.


Giants' Brandon Belt swats third home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 3 for 4 with a walk, a solo home run and three runs scored in his team's 9-8 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Belt scored runs in the second and third inning to help his team build a 6-1 lead by the middle of the third. After the Reds were able to rally, he then pushed his team's lead to 9-7 with a solo home run in the ninth, a run that proved critical to landing the Giants a win.

Belt has racked up three hits and a home run in each of his last three games to boost his line to .321/.392/.509 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 112 at-bats.


Giants first baseman Brandon Belt crushes second home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 3 for 5 at the plate in San Francisco's 11-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Belt did his damage in the second inning when he crushed a Mike Leake pitch over the center field wall for a solo home run, his second of the season. 

Belt is now hitting .306 with 13 RBI in 108 at-bats this season.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt hits first home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt connected on his first home run of the season during Friday's 10-2 win over the Reds.

"I had forgotten what that feels like," he said, per MLB.com. "It's been a while."

Belt hit the three-run home run in the first inning off Jason Marquis. Belt finished the game 3 for 5 with four RBI. He also hit a double during the game.

He is now hitting .291 on the season. Before Friday's three-hit game, Belt had been 1 for 13 in his last three games.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt collects four hits in Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 4 for 5 at the plate during Friday's 6-0 win.

The four hits consisted of three singles and one double. Belt also scored a run and struck out once. Over his last six games, Belt is 12 for 21, but he only has two extra-base hits and one RBI during that span.


Doubles all around as Giants 1B Brandon Belt heats up


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has become a doubles machine lately. Belt, who went 2 for 4 and scored a run in Thursday's loss to the Marlins, has recorded a double in five straight games and six of his last eight. Belt is also riding a five-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .471 (8 for 17) with a triple and an RBI to go along with the five two-baggers.

Belt is heating up after a rough start to the season. He has seen his season batting average rise from .235 at the end of April to .274 entering play on Friday. 


Giants' Brandon Belt, Joe Panik return to lineup Saturday vs. LAA


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) The Giants returned second baseman Joe Panik and first baseman Brandon Belt to the starting lineup on Saturday against the Angels. Both players received a day off on Friday.

Panik, who was the walk-off hero in the Giants' win Friday night, was back playing second base and batting second. Panik has been alternating starts with Matt Duffy over the past week.

Belt returned to first base and was batting sixth for manager Bruce Bochy on Saturday. Belt has been hitting well lately, batting .385 over his last 10 games. Although, the team is hoping he finds his power swing, as he has yet to hit a home run this year and has just five RBI.


Giants' Matt Duffy, Andrew Susac in Friday's lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Giants are going with Matt Duffy and Andrew Susac in Friday night's lineup for their game against the Angels. 

Duffy has been alternating starts at second base with Joe Panik and has been tabbed for this one. Susac is getting the start at catcher, meaning Buster Posey will play first base.

Brandon Belt is not starting as Nori Aoki is in the lineup and playing in left field. 


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.