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2019 MLB All-Star Game: Giants' Will Smith gives up Joey Gallo homer

2019 MLB All-Star Game: Giants' Will Smith gives up Joey Gallo homer

Will Smith entered the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, and was greeted rudely by Joey Gallo.

The Giants closer was called on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to try to retire the Rangers' left-handed slugging outfielder. It didn't go well.

Gallo deposited Smith's first pitch into the right-field seats in Cleveland for a solo home run to give the American League a 4-1 lead.

Smith was able to recover and got Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor to ground out to end the inning.

But it's not the way Smith had hoped his All-Star debut would go.

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Smith earned the Giants' only All-Star nod with a 1.98 ERA and 23 saves this season.

With the Giants looking to deal Smith before the July 31 trade deadline, giving up a homer to a left-handed hitter on a national stage is not what they wanted to see. It won't necessarily hurt his trade value, but it's not a good visual for interested teams to have.

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski hit solo home run in Fenway park debut

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski hit solo home run in Fenway park debut

You couldn't have scripted it any better.

Mike Yastrzemski, playing his first game in his grandfather Carl's old stomping grounds in the series-opener between the Giants and Red Sox on Tuesday, did what his grandpa did so many times, launching a home run over the wall at Fenway Park.

The special moment came in the top of the fourth inning, when Yastrzemski blasted a 3-1 fastball off of Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi 401 feet to dead center.

Best of all, grandpa Carl was there to see it.

The younger Yastrzemski led off the game and received a standing ovation from the Red Sox crowd ahead of his first at-bat. He ended up striking out, but got the better of Eovaldi the next time around.

The home run increased Yastrzemski's season total to 20, giving the Giants two players -- Kevin Pillar being the other -- with 20-or-more home runs for the first time since 2006 when Barry Bonds and Moises Alou accomplished the feat.

Perhaps most impressive of all, Yastrzemski's 20 homers have come in just 97 games with the Giants.

Not too shabby for a 29-year-old rookie.

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski receive standing ovation at Fenway Park

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski receive standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski knew his return to Boston would be a big deal for his family, but he also knew how much it would mean to Red Sox fans who grew up cheering for his grandfather, Carl. Those fans showed their appreciation Tuesday when Yastrzemski stepped to the plate to lead off for the Giants. 

Yastrzemski got a nice ovation from the locals -- and a sizable Giants contingent -- before his first professional at-bat at Fenway Park. He grew up coming to games at the park and considered himself a diehard Red Sox fan. 

Yastrzemski said before the game that he planned to take the moment in. 

"It'll be cool. I don't get wrapped up in moments very easily," he said. "I've kind of trained my whole life to block out situations and crowd noises and stuff, but I think tonight I need to take a step back and get lost in one of the moments and appreciate that and experience it and then we can get back to playing baseball."

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Yastrzemski went down swinging in his first at-bat, but it was still a successful inning for the Giants. As Yastrzemski was settling back into the dugout, Brandon Belt hit a solo shot over the Green Monster.