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Giants vs. Marlins lineups: Mike Yastrzemski to bat second vs. Fish

Giants vs. Marlins lineups: Mike Yastrzemski to bat second vs. Fish

Mike Yastrzemski has had a power-packed week.

Upon his arrival to Oracle Park on Saturday after getting his first major league call-up, he started in left field and was greeted with two straight losses. He did pick up his first three MLB hits in Sunday's loss and will look to add to his total on Tuesday against the Marlins.

Yaz will stay starting in left field but will be batting second in the lineup as the Giants take on Miami, led by Trevor Richards on the mound. 

Richards is currently 1-5 with a 4.14 ERA -- but he struggles at home. Currently, he's 1-3 at Marlins Park with a 4.01 ERA in six starts this year.

He, along with the Marlins, will be facing Jeff Samardzija and the Giants who are coming off their "worst series" of the season against the D-backs. 

Here are how the lineups shape up for the Giants and the Marlins. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app:

San Francisco Giants (21-31)

Joe Panik, 2B
Mike Yastrzemski, LF
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Steven Duggar, CF

Jeff Samardzija, P (2-3, 3.27 ERA)

Miami Marlins (17-34)

Curtis Granderson, LF
Garrett Cooper, RF
Brian Anderson, 3B
Neil Walker, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B
Harold Ramirez, CF
Jorge Alfaro, C
Miguel Rojas, SS

Trevor Richards, P (1-5, 4.14 ERA)

Why A's young catchers excited Bob Melvin heading into 2020 season

Why A's young catchers excited Bob Melvin heading into 2020 season

OAKLAND -- The catcher position is an important one, especially for A's manager Bob Melvin.

A 10-year catcher in the bigs, Melvin knows how underappreciated the position can be. But not to him.

For the A's, however, the position appears quite young. If today were Opening Day, 25-year-old Sean Murphy would be the starter behind the plate.

Not that this would be particularly a bad thing. In 60 big-league plate appearances last season, Murphy slashed .245/.333/.566 with four home runs and eight RBI.  

"And certainly the development of Murphy," Melvin told NBC Sports California at A's Media Day last Friday. "[He] did enough last year, and certainly in his minor-league career, to have us excited."

Across three minor-league teams last season, Murphy finished with a .964 OPS, 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 41 games. 

The A's also acquired catcher Austin Allen in the Jurickson Profar trade from the Padres.

"We're excited to see Allen -- supposedly he swings the bat really well," Melvin told NBC Sports California. 

Fans appear to be excited, too.

"Jonah Heim had a great year for us, too -- he's another roster guy for us, a switch-hitting catcher who really kind of had a breakout year for himself last year, so he's another guy we'll be watching."

Heim took advantage of the Pacific Coast League with a .358/.412/.557 line in 35 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. 

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"Who knows if there's something else we do before spring, or during spring -- or whatever, but we're comfortable with the guys we have right now," Melvin added.

The A's reportedly were targeting veteran catcher Matt Wieters before he ultimately signed with the Cardinals earlier this month.

With just a couple of notable catchers left on the free-agent market, the A's could make a bid on one of them, but there's always a possibility of a trade for one of those veteran names to be a part of that squad.

A's manager Bob Melvin has unique tie to 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl 54

A's manager Bob Melvin has unique tie to 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl 54

OAKLAND -- Bob Melvin can’t lose on Super Bowl Sunday.

Or maybe, he can’t exactly win.

With the San Francisco 49ers facing the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2, the A's manager has important family connections on both sides.  

You may already know that Bob grew up locally in Palo Alto, and considers himself a “longtime 49ers fan."

“My grandfather had season tickets,” Melvin told NBC Sports California on Friday. “Our family always had season tickets to the games. Went to many during the [Joe] Montana days. It was part of my youth, obviously.”

But what you may not have known is that there’s also a Melvin on Kansas City’s coaching staff.

“A little qualifier here …” Bob explained. “My cousin is the tight ends coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Melvin. He’s been with Andy Reid since San Francisco State.”

Tom Melvin’s coaching career actually began with the Gators in 1984. He broke into the NFL in 1999, working there every season since.

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So, if Chiefs star Travis Kelce catches a touchdown pass -- or if 49ers running back Raheem Mostert sprints to paydirt -- how will the longest-tenured MLB manager pick sides?

“I’m going to have to sit on my hands a little bit,” Melvin explained.  

“If the 49ers win, I’ll be ecstatic. But there’s a little more at stake here when part of your blood is with the other team.”