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Bryce Harper's social posts about San Francisco show Giants might have a shot

Bryce Harper's social posts about San Francisco show Giants might have a shot

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants play in Major League Baseball's worst ballpark for left-handed power hitters. They have lost 187 games the past two seasons. With their future payroll commitments and poor farm system, there is a very real chance that they are two or three years away from being back in position to play postseason baseball.

There are a lot of reasons why the Giants are a poor fit for one of the best outfielders to ever hit free agency, but team officials believe there also are real reasons why Bryce Harper will consider settling down at AT&T Park.

Put the money aside for a moment. This organization has the wherewithal to make an appropriate offer to Harper, but that's not what the Giants will hang their hopes one. This is about something else.

Bryce Harper likes San Francisco. 

That's the belief of team employees who have whispered his name over the past two years and hope he's the star of an offseason reload. A lot will go into Harper's decision, but at a basic level, the Giants know the Las Vegas native likes San Francisco and has enjoyed his time at AT&T Park, and that'll get them in the conversation for his services, at the very least. 

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You don't need to listen to them, though. Just look at Harper's social media history ...

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Nothing like SF! #BayArea

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Giants notes: Reyes Moronta takes next step in rehab, joins player pool

Giants notes: Reyes Moronta takes next step in rehab, joins player pool

As the Giants continue to try out guys who might be part of their next good bullpen, they had a positive update on a right-hander who once seemed set to be the future closer. 

Reyes Moronta, out since last summer because of shoulder surgery, joined the alternate site in Sacramento on Friday. Moronta has not pitched since last Aug. 31 and was put on the 45-day injured list during the first camp, but manager Gabe Kapler said the staff believes Moronta has a chance to return in September. He will start a throwing program in Sacramento. 

"We're actively seeking out that possibility, we're actively pushing towards (him becoming) an option for us," Kapler said. "We think he has enough time, but of course we always put the health of our players first. We won't push him too hard or too fast."

Moronta joined the Sacramento camp along with Hunter Bishop, who tested positive for COVID-19 more than a month ago and recently passed the necessary tests to be part of the player pool as planned. Kapler exchanged texts with Bishop and said the 2019 first-round pick is extremely excited to finally be part of the player pool. Bishop isn't close to the big league level, but he should benefit from everyday work with the staff in Sacramento. 

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--- The Giants added two more to that camp in a very "2020 baseball season" way. Steven Duggar and Andrew Triggs were taken off the taxi squad and sent back to Sacramento so they can get some reps in while the Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers. They flew from Denver to Los Angeles with the club and then took separate cars up to Sacramento. 

"I think we can be a little bit more flexible there and think about the reps versus being right next door," Kapler said. "We still feel like it's a pretty easy ask to have somebody come from the Sacramento site once we're in Los Angeles."

The Giants hope, obviously, that they don't need reinforcements this week. But if they do need an outfielder like Duggar, that's a lot of time on I-5. Dereck Rodriguez, Andrew Suarez and Chris Herrmann remain on the traveling taxi squad. 

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--- Drew Smyly (finger) saw a hand specialist and it went well, Kapler said. The Giants will reevaluate him at the end of this road trip, which goes through Wednesday. Sam Coonrod (lat) has started throwing with no issues 

--- Kapler said Jaylin Davis is making progress with his swing and "things are trending in the right direction there." Also in Sacramento, Joey Bart played an inning of first base in Thursday's simulated game. 

Giants vs. Dodgers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

Giants vs. Dodgers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The Giants head to Los Angeles for the second time in the 2020 season and open up a three-game set against the rival Dodgers.

The Giants (6-8) are coming off a series loss to the Rockies, while the Dodgers (9-4) took two out of three from the San Diego Padres. The Giants and Dodgers split their four-game series when the two division rivals faced two weeks ago. 

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the Dodgers online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Friday, Aug. 7

When: Giants Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Saturday, Aug. 8

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Sunday, Aug. 9

When: Giants Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 1:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

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