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Dodgers vs. Giants lineups: Mike Yastrzemski leading off for first time

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Dodgers vs. Giants lineups: Mike Yastrzemski leading off for first time

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even with the Dodgers starting lefty Rich Hill, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will throw two left-handed bats at him right away.

Rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will make his first big league appearance in the leadoff spot for the Giants on Saturday. He will be followed by Brandon Belt.

“He’s got some pretty good discipline at the plate," Bochy said when asked about his decision to put Yastrzemski in the leadoff spot. "He’s a guy that can handle left-handers. I thought he was a pretty good choice.”

Bochy also is giving Joe Panik and Steven Duggar the day off against Hill. Donovan Solano will start at second base, while Kevin Pillar will patrol center field.

In 11 big league starts, Yastrzemski has batted second seven times, seventh once and eighth three times.

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Jeff Samardzija will get the start for the Giants. The right-hander is coming off a solid start in Baltimore, where he allowed just one earned run over six innings in a Giants' 8-1 win.

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-21)
Joc Pederson, LF
Max Muncy, 1B
Justin Turner, 3B
Cody Bellinger, RF
Corey Seager, SS
Alex Verdugo, CF
Enrique Hernandez, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Rich Hill, LHP (2-1, 2.25 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (26-36)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Tyler Austin, LF
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Aramis Garcia, C
Donovan Solano, 2B
Jeff Samardzija, RHP (3-4, 3.61 ERA)

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

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

The Giants are set to begin a daunting 10-game road trip Monday that could dramatically alter their 2020 season, as they will square off against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros away from home over the next week and a half.

The Giants (5-5) start their trip at Coors Field against the surprising Rockies (6-2). The Giants are coming off a series win against the Texas Rangers, while the Rockies most recently took two out of three from the San Diego Padres.

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

Monday, Aug. 3

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 4

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 5

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Thursday, Aug. 6

When: Giants Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. PT -- First pitch at 12:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Giants' Farhan Zaidi explains why Joey Bart still isn't with MLB team

Giants' Farhan Zaidi explains why Joey Bart still isn't with MLB team

Through 13 games this season, the Giants have surprised many. Their offense looks great at times, their defense not so much. They're a game under .500, and have been competitive in most of their losses. 

Fans are excited, maybe even more excited than they expected. Patience still isn't their strong suit, though. As every day goes by, the want for catching prospect Joey Bart's arrival only grows. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi understands your feelings, he also wants to pump the brakes. He knows, more than anything, the Giants can't screw this up.

"We felt very strongly he's a guy who needed more minor league reps," Zaidi said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "The ability to handle major league pitching on a day-in, day-out basis is a huge challenge, and a lot of guys get rushed and struggle and they never get over that hump.

"So, for someone like him who's so important to the future of this organization, we want to make sure we push the button at the right time."

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Bart looks the part of a major league player. He's listed at 6-foot-2, 238 pounds, and might be even bigger. The former No. 2 overall draft pick has big league power and a rocket for an arm. He also doesn't have that much experience at high levels in the minor leagues. 

Throughout Zaidi's interview, he hammered Bart's lack of experience. The catcher lost time during the regular season when he fractured his left hand, and then fractured his right thumb early on in the Arizona Fall League. Between Single-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond, Bart hit .278 with 16 homers last year, and hit .333 with four home runs in 10 Fall League games.

But the reality is, Bart only has 79 at-bats in Double-A, and none higher than that. He always was destined to start the season in Sacramento, which is exactly where he is with the minor league season canceled. Bart is part of the Giants' group at their alternate site, and is working on very specific parts of his game.

"We feel really good about the setup we have in Sacramento," Zaidi said. "If you look at the pitchers that we have there, they're all basically major league depth. We have some quality depth in the organization. He's getting to face those pitchers on a day-in, day-out basis and frankly, however people want to describe the alternate site that we have, Joey Bart until now has never even faced that kind of Triple-A, major league-quality pitching on a day-in, day-out basis."

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Zaidi has a strong point there. The Giants aren't able to have full intrasquad games in Sacramento. It's extremely hard to make it a game-like environment there. At the same time, they're doing their best to simulate as many situations as possible. 

The pitching group in Sacramento isn't full of young prospects. Instead, it's more established players like Dereck Rodriguez and Trevor Cahill. Bart is facing pitchers who have been there and done that. Now, when will he face pitchers who currently are in the big leagues? 

That remains the big question.

"We haven't set timelines," Zaidi said. "We're just continuing to evaluate it, and there reports out of there have been really good so far on what he's done."