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Hector Sanchez leaves game with left knee sprain

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Hector Sanchez leaves game with left knee sprain

ATLANTA -- The Giants have the most RBIs at the catcher position in the majors, but the Robin in their Dynamic Duo left Tuesday night's game in the fourth inning.

Hector Sanchez sustained a sprained left knee when he made a sudden move on the basepaths. He tried to jog but not to the satisfaction of Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, who escorted him off the field.

There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, but by definition, every sprain is a ligament tear to some degree. The Giants could recall Eli Whiteside if Sanchez is forced to the disabled list. Whiteside is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

Sanchez was in Tuesday's lineup as Barry Zito's catcher for the left-hander's 18th consecutive start. Although Giants manager Bruce Bochy hinted last week that he'd have Buster Posey catch Zito, the skipper said prior to the game that he wanted to keep Sanchez's switch-hitting bat in the lineup. Sanchez had a single in two at-bats before he got hurt.

Posey started at first base and was having a productive night in his own right. The lad from Leesburg, Ga., was 3 for 3 with five RBIs by the fourth inning; his career high was six, set July 7, 2010 at Milwaukee.

Each of Posey's hits came with two strikes; the first two also came with two outs.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

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Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.