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Buster Posey takes shot off mask, pulled from game two innings later

Buster Posey takes shot off mask, pulled from game two innings later

PHOENIX -- A bad night turned potentially disastrous in the third inning Friday at Chase Field. 

Buster Posey was removed from the game while standing on first, possibly as a reaction to a foul tip that smoked his mask in the first inning. Posey had singled for the second time, but as Patrick Corbin pitched to Evan Longoria, trainer Dave Groeschner ran out to first and immediately pulled Posey from the game.

Posey went back to the clubhouse with Groeschner. 

Posey took a direct shot off the mask late in a five-run first inning. It already had to be an uncomfortable night for the catcher, who was in the squat as Chris Stratton imploded. Stratton threw 40 pitches in the bottom of the first. 

MLB rumors: Giants 'have two scouts' at Cubs-Padres game in Chicago

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MLB rumors: Giants 'have two scouts' at Cubs-Padres game in Chicago

Could Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith or another Giants pitcher be headed to Chicago's North Side?

Chicago baseball analyst Bruce Levine reported on Saturday that the Giants had a pair of scouts in attendance for the Cubs-Padres game.

Levine also noted that the Giants' scouting presence at Wrigley Field goes back to May.

The Cubs lead the National League Central with a 53-44 record, and could be looking to add a significant piece before the July 31 trade deadline.

Adding Bumgarner could be tricky for the Cubs, who have five reliable starters at the moment: Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Cole Hamels.

But after trading lefty reliever Mike Montgomery to the Kansas City Royals for catcher Martin Maldonado, the Cubs could be looking to bolster their bullpen with Smith, Sam Dyson or Tony Watson.

[RELATED: Nationals 'have interest' in Dyson]

Why would the Giants be socuting the Cubs' big league team rather than their minor league squads? It's possible the Giants could ask for a young, controllable player off the major league roster.

Mets vs. Giants lineups: Donovan Solano in for Joe Panik for matinee

Mets vs. Giants lineups: Donovan Solano in for Joe Panik for matinee

The 10-inning game Friday night had just ended before prepping had begun for the third of a four-game series. Saturday's matchup has the Giants hoping they can continue to figure out the Mets.

The ending to the game was heartbreaking for the Mets, to say the least. Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith let a routine fly ball to left field drop, allowing Alex Dickerson to run around the bases and cross the plate in walk-off fashion

Jeff Samardzija takes the hill for the Orange and Black and hopes to keep the momentum going. He's improved his ERA to 3.93 this season -- across his last three starts, he's boasting a 1.66 ERA with 17 strikeouts and three walks.

Mets' Zack Wheeler would have been the starter on Saturday if it weren't for some shoulder fatigue. Walker Lockett will get those honors. His numbers aren't as impressive as Samardzija's, however.

The righty is making his third start of the season and currently has an 11.74 ERA. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Hank Schulman reported pitcher Conner Menez was in the Giants' clubhouse, and manager Bruce Bochy announced that the 24-year-old left-hander will start on Sunday against the Mets in the series finale. Drew Pomeranz, who was scheduled to start, will move to the bullpen. 25- and 40-man roster moves will be announced Sunday.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up for the third game of the series:

New York Mets (44-53)

Jeff McNeil, RF
Michael Conforto, CF
Wilson Ramos, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Todd Frazier, 3B
Dominic Smith, 1B
J.D. Davis, LF
Amed Rosario, SS
Walker Lockett, P (0-1, 11.74 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (49-49)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Kevin Pillar, CF
Donovan Solano, 2B
Jeff Samardzija, P (7-7, 3.93 ERA)