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Drew Pomeranz in comfort zone on Giants with old pitching coach

Drew Pomeranz in comfort zone on Giants with old pitching coach

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When he got back to the clubhouse Friday night after four shutout innings, Giants starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz pulled out his phone and opened the MLB app. 

"Derek was already through two innings in like five minutes," he said. 

That would be Derek Holland, who followed Pomeranz on the mound against the Indians and was just as sharp. The Giants are hoping Pomeranz can follow Holland during the season, though. 

Holland had a 6.20 ERA with the White Sox in 2017, but came to San Francisco, found a comfort zone and put up a 3.57 while leading the staff in innings. Pomeranz had a 6.08 ERA last season with the Red Sox but is looking for a similar renaissance, which would be a huge boost for the Giants and would get the 30-year-old lefty back into a free agent market that was massively disappointing this past offseason. 

Holland credits a lot of people for helping him turn it around, but he always makes sure to mention pitching coach Curt Young. Asked if he could follow Holland's 2018 path, Pomeranz immediately brought up Young, his pitching coach in Oakland earlier in his career.

Pomeranz went through a rough time with the Rockies, but had a 3.08 ERA in two seasons in Oakland. 

"I had all these people all over me and you show up (in Oakland) and Curt just lets you do your thing," Pomeranz said. "When you're a young kid, you've got 10 different people telling you 10 different things all the time. Curt is a very calming person and he's so chill. He just lets you get back to doing the things that make you good."

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On Friday, Pomeranz was really good. He gave up just one hit in four quick innings, striking out four. Pomeranz had a good fastball early and said his cutter is as sharp as it's ever been. 

Oh, and it worked out pretty well to have Holland follow Pomeranz, too. He threw four shutout innings of his own, striking out three. 

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally charged event for him.

Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto organization -- and they more than made him feel back at home.

The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the fans who stuck by him all of those years. 

Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:

"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."

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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior, and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Kevin Pillar never won any awards or championships during his seven years with the Blue Jays, but he definitely won over the hearts of Toronto fans with his highlight-reel catches.

So when the Giants center fielder went out to play defense in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night, Blue Jays fans showed their appreciation for the 30-year-old.

It was a pretty emotional moment. We're sure Pillar was choking back tears as he watched the tribute video and tipped his cap to the fans.

The love for Pillar didn't stop there. When he came up for his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, the Blue Jays fans once again gave him a standing ovation.

But the cheering ended quickly as Pillar singled to left field and drove in Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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Pillar and Crawford would later score on a Joe Panik double to right.

Not a bad homecoming for the Toronto fan favorite.