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Giants win, but blister issues for Cueto, who says baseballs different this year

SAN DIEGO — Johnny Cueto stood at his locker with tape covering the tips of the index finger, middle finger and thumb on his right hand. For the first time, after lasting just four innings and 82 pitches in Friday night’s 5-4 victory over the Padres, Cueto acknowledged what others in the game have been suggesting: Throughout the majors, with home runs being hit at a record pace, pitchers have said they’ve noticed changes in the ball, that it’s smaller and more tightly wound, with lower seams. [...] it appears Cueto will miss his next start, a blow to the Giants for multiple reasons, including the possibility he might be trade bait leading to the July 31 trade deadline. The Giants rallied for two runs in the sixth inning and topped off their scoring with Buster Posey’s 429-foot homer in the seventh, breaking a four-game losing streak that earned them a 34-56 record before the All-Star break. Gorkys Hernandez collected a career-high four hits, and third baseman Eduardo Nuñez made two superb defensive plays in his first game since June 19. Cain was removed to clear room for Madison Bumgarner, who’ll come off the disabled list and start Saturday. Dyson gave up singles to Manuel Margot and Wil Myers, and Jose Pirela’s high chopper turned into an RBI single as shortstop Brandon Crawford was unable to make a play. Dyson plunked Cory Spangenberg to load the bases before retiring Jabari Blash on a fly to right to end the game.

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