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Bryant has tough act to follow after Rizzo, Baez homers

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Rizzo and Baez

Kris Bryant has two tough acts to follow when he makes his Giants debut Sunday against the Houston Astros at Oracle Park.

Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez -- Bryant's former teammates with the Chicago Cubs -- both homered in their respective debuts with the new teams. Now the pressure is on Bryant, whom the Giants traded for Friday, to make it 3-for-3 for the former Cubs stars.

Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees on Thursday, and incredibly, has homered in his first two games with the Bronx Bombers.

Baez was dealt to the New York Mets ahead of the MLB trade deadline Friday, and announced his presence to fans at Citi Field with one big swing of the bat Saturday.

The Yankees have won both their games against the Miami Marlins with Rizzo in the lineup, while the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds in Baez's team debut.

Five years after the Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908, the front office broke up the band by trading the three cornerstone stars in an effort to jump-start a rebuild in Wrigleyville.

Bryant was the last of the three to go, with the Giants and Cubs coming to an agreement just minutes before the 1 p.m. PT deadline Friday. San Francisco sent outfield prospect Alexander Canario and pitching prospect Caleb Kilian to Chicago in the trade.

 

Bryant wasn't able to make it to San Francisco in time for the Giants' 8-6 win over the Astros on Saturday, but he's expected to be in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.

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The ball was carrying during Saturday's game in China Basin, with the Giants and Astros combining for eight homers, tying an Oracle Park record. If those conditions continue Sunday, Bryant very well could match his former teammates with a homer of his own in his first game with his new team.

And with the Yankees and Mets both playing their respective games at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, it's very possible Rizzo and Baez could be in front of a TV to watch Bryant bat in orange and black for the first time.

No pressure, Kris.

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