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Field to Table: How to create the perfect ballpark nachos from home

Field to Table: How to create the perfect ballpark nachos from home

Nachos are a staple at any sporting event. On the latest episode of “Field to Table,” the group recreates the dish that is not only good, but also tastes a little bit more special when being eaten at the ballpark.

Perhaps it’s the way you have to grip your beer very strategically as you sip in between mouthfuls of cheesy goodness. Or how you stack each tortilla chip to perfection making sure it’s covered in all of the ingredients.

Yep, I’ve done this before.

Kelli Johnson, Alex Pavlovic and Anthony Garcia are joined once again by guest judge Rich Aurilia to see who put out the best nachos. And before you say anything -- ballpark nachos are just better than regular nachos, so let’s just finish that debate now.

Here are the recipes they used:

Anthony’s simple nachos

-Ground beef
-Salsa
-Pinto beans
-Homemade guacamole
-Nacho cheese

Alex’s Petco Park-inspired nachos

-Carne asada
-Cheddar cheese
-Mexican style cheese blend
-Cotija cheese
-Homemade guacamole
-Pico de gallo
-Fresh jalapenos
-Sour cream

Kelli’s pollo asado nachos

-Pollo asado
-Black beans
-Homemade guacamole
-Salsa
-Sour cream
-Shredded Mexican style cheese blend
-Fresh sliced jalapenos
-Fresh tomatoes
-Fresh green onion
-Fresh cilantro (We understand some of you hate this idea)

Anthony did not season his meat, he microwaved his cheese and then put it in an A’s hat. This just goes to show there’s no way of messing it up.

Don’t worry, if you weren’t a fan of his, Kelli and Alex more than made up for it.

Who was the winner? Well, check above in the video to find out. And see which wines go perfectly well with nachos. Trust us, wine goes with everything.

Also, check out that other ballpark goodies the gang has made including Tony's Pizza, Cha-Cha Bowls, ballpark pretzels and a Crazy Crab Sandwich

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Giants prospects could benefit from reported MLB player pool expansion

Giants prospects could benefit from reported MLB player pool expansion

While roughly 30 Giants minor leaguers train in Sacramento, some notable names were left off the 60-man player pool by the team.

Those prospects might be summoned to Sutter Health Park soon, though.

Baseball America reported Friday, citing sources, that MLB is considering allowing teams to add 15 players to their player pool. According to the report, some teams are struggling to play intrasquad games due to lack of position players.

This could be good news for Giants prospects like Sean Hjelle, Seth Corry, Tristan Beck, Luis Matos and others.

Twitter user @giantsprospects speculated which 15 players the Giants might want to add to the group in Sacramento.

Based on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 prospect ranking for the Giants, here's where those prospects fall on the list.

Seth Corry -- No. 5
Luis Matos -- No. 9
Sean Hjelle -- No. 10
Tristan Beck -- No. 19
Gregory Santos -- No. 17
Melvin Adon -- No. 24
Jairo Pomares -- No. 14
Blake Rivera -- No. 16
Kai-Wei Teng -- No. 22
Trevor McDonald -- N/A
Ricardo Genoves -- N/A
Rayner Santana -- N/A
Aeverson Arteaga -- No. 21
Kyle Harrison -- No. 12
Casey Schmitt -- No. 23

This list isn't official -- it's just a guess -- but if the Giants added those 15 players, it would mean a good portion of their top 30 prospects would be in Sacramento getting much-needed development time.

No. 1 prospect Joey Bart, No. 2 Marco Luciano, No. 3 Heliot Ramos, No. 4 Hunter Bishop, No. 6 Patrick Bailey, No. 7 Alexander Canario, No. 8 Luis Toribio, No. 11 Will Wilson, No. 13 Jaylin Davis and No. 25 Camilo Doval already are at the alternate site in Sacramento.

Schmitt was the Giants' second-round draft pick (No. 49 overall) this year, while Harrison was taken in the third round (No. 85 overall).

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Farhan Zaidi, the Giants' president of baseball operations, is trying to rebuild the team's farm system, so getting several of his top prospects at least a month of development this year would go a long way to helping the big league club return to glory over the next few seasons.

Giants' Austin Slater has flexor strain, could be in lineup by weekend

Giants' Austin Slater has flexor strain, could be in lineup by weekend

The Giants got relatively good news from the tests taken on a young player who might be having a breakout season. 

Austin Slater has a right flexor strain that kept him out of the lineup for a second straight game, but manager Gabe Kapler said it's possible Slater will be able to DH sometime this weekend against the A's. 

Slater felt pain during Tuesday's game in Houston and had to sit Wednesday. He was able to take swings Friday and Kapler said that went well. 

"A flexor strain for a position player is less daunting, perhaps, than for a pitcher, because outfielders can monitor how often and how hard they throw," Kapler said. "They may have one or two throws an entire game. I think there are ways to allow flexors to come around for outfielders that you just couldn't do for pitchers."

Slater had an elbow sprain in 2018 but it happened the last week of the season, so there was no need for a timetable. The injury this time is poorly timed, as he has been one of the hotter hitters in the league, slugging three homers on the road trip and compiling numbers that are up there with Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano, the two early-season stars for the Giants. Slater has a .444 on-base percentage and is slugging .632, and he's tied for the MLB lead with five stolen bases. 

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The Giants released a few other injury updates Friday. Sam Coonrod (lat strain) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, which should put him pretty close to a return. Drew Smyly (finger sprain) is throwing on flat ground and will be re-examined this weekend. Jeff Samardzija (shoulder inflammation) is rehabbing San Francisco but has not been cleared to throw. Reyes Moronta (shoulder surgery) is throwing bullpen sessions at the alternate site in Sacramento. 

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