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Giants lineup -- Huff, Sanchez batting four, five

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Giants lineup -- Huff, Sanchez batting four, five

Managers Bruce Bochy and Clint Hurdle have released their lineups for tonight's game between the Giants and Pirates.

With Barry Zito throwing, his personal backstop Hector Sanchez will be behind the dish, and Buster Posey -- still recovering from shingles -- will have the day off.

Aubrey Huff moves up to the four-spot in the lineup, getting his second consecutive start at first base. He'll be protected by Sanchez, who has three hits in 10 at-bats this season.

Huff hit his first 2012 home run at AT&T Park Friday in just his fourth at-bat. It took him until May 11 to get his first home run at home last season.

"You can't read too much into it," Huff said from the clubhouse. "We just left Colorado and Arizona, two great hitters parks, and I didn't come close to hitting one."

San Francisco Giants
1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Aubrey Huff (L) 1B
5. Hector Sanchez (S) C
6. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
8. Emmanuel Burriss (S) 2B
9. Barry Zito (L) P

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Jose Tabata (R) RF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
5. Rod Barajas (R) C
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Josh Harrison (R) 3B
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. Charlie Morton (R) P

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

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Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline. 

The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A. 

Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips. 

Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster. 

Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year. 

The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a  waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster. 

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

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Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

[RELATED: Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect]

The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.