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Giants notes: Why was Buster Posey yelling at Brandon Belt?

San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (28) watches the game from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

ST. LOUIS – What exactly was going on between Buster Posey and Brandon Belt in the handshake line after the Giants’ 3-1, 13-inning victory Saturday night?

Posey and Belt appeared to stare down one another. Then Posey scowled and appeared to snap at Belt. He also spent a moment looking upset while conferring with closer Mark Melancon.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that the disagreement stemmed from something that happened a minute earlier in the 13th, when Posey kept gesturing for Belt to play nearer to the bag in an effort to keep Stephen Piscotty close.

Posey appeared exasperated when he couldn’t get Belt’s attention, and glared in the first baseman’s direction after Piscotty stole second base.

Neither Posey nor Belt was available to answer any questions prior to Sunday’s game. So no word yet on whether they hashed it out, or there remains any lingering tension. Posey, after catching all 13 innings Saturday, is resting for the series finale Sunday afternoon.

This isn’t the first time this season that Posey has been caught on camera apparently upset at Belt. In a game at Dodger Stadium three weeks ago, Posey was spotted in the dugout yelling after Belt didn’t score from second base on a single.

It’s a long season and these kinds of things happen all the time with every club. It’s just rare to see it out in the open from Posey, who is usually guarded in his emotions and handles things like this out of sight.

Oddly enough earlier in Saturday’s game, Belt saved a run when he backpedaled off first base and was in position to field Yadier Molina’s hard grounder.

If either Belt or Posey wishes to cast any more light on the incident, I’ll be sure to pass it along.

Hunter Pence is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy does not expect to have his right fielder at any point during the upcoming four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Pence hasn’t begun jogging to test his strained left hamstring. Given that he required surgery when he ruptured tendons in his right hamstring last season, the team is taking no chances with him.

Melancon will not be available for Sunday’s series finale at Busch Stadium. Bochy said he didn’t want to use his closer in three consecutive games so soon after the right-hander came off the disabled list because of elbow tendonitis.

Derek Law also could be available for short work only. The rest of the bullpen should be available one day after their 3-1, 13-inning victory.

Lineups for a sunny Sunday in St. Louis, as the Giants go for their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals since 2001 (and first here in the Gateway City since 1998 at the old Busch):