Home Page

Duggar keeps spring push going with fourth homer


Duggar keeps spring push going with fourth homer

SCOTTSDALE — After talking him up all offseason, the Giants told Steven Duggar to go out this spring and win a big league job. It’s still unclear if Duggar will be at Dodger Stadium on opening day, but he certainly is doing all he can to make the conversation a long one. 

Duggar entered the day with a .286 average and 1.037 OPS and hit a homer in his second plate appearance against the A’s. The blast was the fourth of the spring for Duggar, who has played standout defense in center field and leads the team in innings played. Manager Bruce Bochy said he’s not surprised by Duggar’s developing power. Duggar came into camp with a reputation as a speedster with a good approach at the plate. 

“I saw him take BP in Sacramento once and he put on a show there,” Bochy said. “It opened my eyes. I’m not surprised. It’s a quick bat.”

The Giants have seen their share of homers aided by the desert air and heat, but Duggar’s latest was a low screamer that easily cleared the wall in right. It came off a lefty, Ryan Buchter, too. 

Duggar hit one homer in 229 at-bats in 2015, his first professional season. The next year, he had 10 homers, eight triples and 28 doubles while going through High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. He had six homers and 12 doubles in just 164 at-bats in the minors last year. 

Bochy hasn't offered any hints regarding the outfield competition. Gregor Blanco appears to be a heavy favorite for one reserve job, and the Giants don't want Duggar to break in as a platoon player. He has a couple more weeks to show that he's ready for a full-time look. 

--- A 6-5 win over the A’s ended up being quite dramatic. Sam Dyson buzzed Khris Davis after giving up a homer, and the two chirped at each other as Davis later walked to first. When Dyson came out of the game a couple minutes later, catcher Nick Hundley had words with players on the top step of the A’s dugout. Roberto Gomez later drilled an A’s prospect, and in retaliation, Orlando Calixte was plunked. Both benches were warned. 

--- Chris Stratton had another good one, giving up a solo homer but otherwise keeping the A’s off the board in four innings. Stratton has a 2.25 ERA this spring. He can start looking for a rental in the Bay Area at this point. “He’s doing what he needs to do,” Bochy said. 

--- Evan Longoria (ankle) could play as soon as Tuesday. Mark Melancon will be back on the mound Wednesday against the Mariners, Bochy said. Melancon has made just two appearances this spring as he works his way back from surgery. 

--- The Giants made their first round of cuts. Here's the list.

Steph Curry's 30th birthday party was so epic that the Warriors cancelled Tuesday's practice

Kevin Durant/Instagram

Steph Curry's 30th birthday party was so epic that the Warriors cancelled Tuesday's practice

Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.

Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.

Special guests included E-40, Paramore  and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.

Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.

Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:

Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 2

Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 2

Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.

Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016

The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.

He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.

[RELATED: Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 3]