Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres


Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

Amidst trade rumors, Eduardo Nunez is back in the lineup for the Giants Thursday night against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (40-54)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Matt Szczur (R) CF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Jabari Blash (R) LF
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Luis Torrens (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (37-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Giants DFA Travis Bergen, keep Logan Webb in rotation for now

Giants DFA Travis Bergen, keep Logan Webb in rotation for now

PHOENIX -- The most notable part of a roster move made Sunday may have been a player not actually listed in the move.

To clear a spot for Abiatal Avelino -- a needed fourth bench player for Bruce Bochy -- the Giants designated left-hander Travis Bergen for assignment. They kept Logan Webb around, lining the 22-year-old up to face the A's next weekend in Oakland. 

Manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't have his rotation set yet, but Webb is in it for now. Tyler Beede, Dereck Rodriguez and Jeff Samardzija will start in Chicago this week, followed by Bumgarner and Webb in some order, it seems. 

Webb gave up just two runs through five innings in his debut Saturday night. The Giants need the help, as Shaun Anderson will make at least one rehab start before returning from a blister. 

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Bergen was one of five lefty relievers in the bullpen and the move marks the end of a long look for the Rule 5 pick. The Giants parted with their other Rule 5 pick, Drew Ferguson, in spring training, but Bergen made the Opening Day roster and threw 21 times while spending plenty of time on the Injured List. He had a 5.49 ERA. Bergen must now be offered back to the Blue Jays.

"You look at the bullpen and the one we felt we could afford to lose at this point -- we didn't want to -- was Travis," Bochy said. "The young kid did a nice job at times. I know he spent time on the IL. We just couldn't find a way to keep him."

Giants vs. Diamondbacks lineups: Donovan Solano playing third base

Giants vs. Diamondbacks lineups: Donovan Solano playing third base

Madison Bumgarner is on the bump as the Giants go for a four-game road sweep over the D-backs, but who's playing the hot corner is the real story here. 

Donovan Solano will make his first start at third base this season. He's played four innings at third this season, but never started there as a Giant. 

Solano has started 14 games at third in his six-year career. The 31-year-old has been one of the best hitters on the Giants this season, batting .335 with an .845 OPS. 

Here are the full lineups for Sunday's game. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at noon PT with first pitch at 1:10.

San Francisco Giants (63-61)
Mike Yastrzemski, LF
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, 1B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Austin Slater, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Donovan Solano, 3B
Madison Bumgarner, LHP (8-7, 3.63)

Arizona Diamondbacks (61-63)
Wilmer Flores, 2B
David Peralta, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Christian Walker, 1B
Adam Jones, CF
Josh Rojas, RF
Nick Ahmed, SS
Carson Kelly, C
Merrill Kelly, RHP (8-12, 4.75 ERA)