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Conner Menez, Zach Green reflect on making MLB debuts with Giants

Conner Menez, Zach Green reflect on making MLB debuts with Giants

Hollister is 94 miles from Oracle Park. Carmichael is 97 miles from the Giants' ballpark in San Francisco.

On Sunday, two players made their major league debuts for the team they grew up rooting for.

24-year-old pitcher Conner Menez, from Hollister, had about 60 friends and family in attendance. His dad used to bring him to Giants games when he was younger. He remembers watching Tim Lincecum pitch when "The Freak" was all the rage. His dad even bought him a Lincecum jersey.

Now, he's pitching on the same mound Lincecum used to dominate from.

After the Giants beat the Mets, 3-2, on Mike Yastrzemski's 12th-inning walk-off homer, Menez reflected on what the last 48 hours have been like for him.

"Honestly, they've been unreal," Menez told the media. "It's been such a huge blessing to be here. I still feel like I'm on cloud nine."

After allowing two solo home runs in the second inning, Menez settled down and made it through five innings. He allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out six.

Menez got to stand on the mound Lincecum used to climb, and he got to throw to another Giants icon, Buster Posey.

"It was awesome, especially growing up as a Giants fan and always watching Posey," Menez said. "It was a really, really cool moment. He's a great guy."

As for Zach Green, his family in the Sacramento area has been able to watch him all season while he's been playing at Triple-A. Green didn't have as many family members as Menez at Sunday's game (just eight), but it was still a special day for the third baseman.

"I had a little time to take it all in," Green told the media. "I found out yesterday right before [batting practice], got on a flight and got here last night."

In his first major league at-bat, Green roped a single to center field. In his second at-bat, he drove in Posey with a double to left. Some players need a couple games before they get their first hit in the big leagues. Green wasted no time getting his first two big-league hits.

"Talk about weight off the shoulders," Green said. "It was special, happened like that. Next thing I knew, I was on first base and [first base coach Jose Alguacil] was congratulating me."

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The Giants are in an interesting position. For the first few months of the season, they were expected to be sellers ahead of the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. But they've won 14 of 17 games to get back to the .500 mark and are 2.5 games out of an NL Wild Card spot. While they try to figure out if they are going to be buyers or sellers, they were able to make the dreams come true for two lifelong Giants fans.

Now, that's pretty special.

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Gabe Kapler had his introductory press conference as the Giants' new manager, and he's chosen his uniform number as well.

The skipper has chosen No. 19 to sport this season, which means young infielder Mauricio Dubon will have to choose a new number -- and he needs your help.

He recently took to Twitter and asked what number he should wear now that he has to make the switch: 

No. 21 appeared to stand out from a Milwaukee Brewer's fan account, since Honduras became a country in 1821. Dubon was born in Honduras in 1994 (sorry to make you guys feel old).

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Five-time All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent also sported the number with San Francisco.

We shall see ... 

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris both went through the same drill earlier this week, standing near the home dugout at Oracle Park as a team photographer grabbed shots from their first days on the job. Behind the two new members of the brain trust, construction workers continued the work that started last month.

The Giants plan to make an official announcement about the changing dimensions of their ballpark, and the new locations of the bullpen, soon, but those who attended the press conferences this week -- and a TopGolf event the park hosted last week -- got a sneak preview. 

A chunk of the bleacher seats in right center have already been ripped out to make room for the new bullpens, and some seats have also been taken out in left center to accommodate other changes to the ballpark. But team president and CEO Larry Baer said the changes won't be drastic for hitters. 

"Triples Alley will still be Triples Alley, just with some refinements," Baer said. 

The Giants are still figuring out some of the exact details, but they know the bullpens will be side-by-side in center and right center. The kale garden will remain, although it sounds like there will be some changes to the dimensions out there because the center-field wall is coming in about six feet, which should please hitters. 

The deepest part of the park -- the nemesis for Brandon Belt and other left-handed hitters -- is 421 feet and will ultimately be closer to 410 feet when the construction is done, the Giants think. The Giants put a bar underneath the new scoreboard last season and plan to have additional changes, including a terrace, out there this year, continuing a trend around the game -- seen across the bridge in Oakland -- of having more gathering spots for fans. 

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Even as they held two press conferences last week, the Giants remained coy about their exact plans for the dimensions, but they expect to take out about 400 seats.

Some of those may be made up for in other spots. There is a short wall separating the old bullpens from the first row of seats and about 80 feet of that wall has been taken down on both sides of the park, which would seem to indicate that the Giants are going to add some premium seating in some of that territory.