Giants have lined up Madison Bumgarner to start Bruce Bochy's last game


Giants have lined up Madison Bumgarner to start Bruce Bochy's last game

SAN FRANCISCO -- As important as this trip to Boston will be for several of his Giants teammates, there's no real significance in Madison Bumgarner being bumped up a day to start at Fenway Park on Thursday. He has no ties to the organization and the Red Sox don't figure to be an offseason suitor.

But the decision could lead to a really cool moment in a couple of weeks. 

Bumgarner and Tyler Beede will swap rotation spots this week so the staff ace can stay on turn and face the Red Sox. That lines Bumgarner up to start next Tuesday at home and then end his season by starting the final game against the Dodgers on Sunday, Sept. 29. That would be Bruce Bochy's final game as manager, and potentially Bumgarner's final game with the Giants. 

The Giants right now are saying they're just committed to Bumgarner making the next two starts and will decide on their final weekend rotation as it gets closer. But it's hard to imagine a scenario where anyone but Bumgarner starts Bochy's final game. 

"I haven't put any thought in that -- we're still a ways away," Bochy said Sunday. "But I think you know what he means to me and what this guy has done for the organization. It's just special. For him to pitch the last game, if that's the case, that would be quite the honor."

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The swap did come with one downside. Beede grew up in the Boston area and was hoping to pitch at Fenway Park, but he'll now make his next appearance in Atlanta on Friday.

This is more about two men who have been in San Francisco a long time, and the Giants seem set for an extremely emotional moment. Dozens of Bochy's former players are expected in town that final week, and those who stay through Sunday will likely see him meet Bumgarner on the mound one last time. 

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.