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Giants lineup: Posey returns to catch Samardzija, bat clean up

Giants lineup: Posey returns to catch Samardzija, bat clean up

The Giants look win their home series vs. the Reds and Buster Posey is back batting fourth and in the squat to catch Jeff Samardzija on Sunday at AT&T Park.

Cincinnati Reds (19-17)

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Adam Duvall (R) LF
5. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
6. Scott Schebler (L) RF
7. Jose Peraza (R) SS
8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
9. Tim Adleman (R) P

San Francisco Giants (14-24)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
8. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Why Duane Kuiper believes Derek Holland is 'perfect guy' for Giants

Why Duane Kuiper believes Derek Holland is 'perfect guy' for Giants

Farhan Zaidi made his second notable move (see Pat Venditte) as president of baseball operations on Monday when he re-signed lefty Derek Holland to a one-year, $7 million contract.

Both Holland and the Giants wanted the reunion.

For Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper, the move makes complete sense.

"Holland's the perfect guy to sign," Kuiper said on Wednesday on KNBR 680. "Think about all the boxes he checks: He wants to be here, he had a good year, he's a left-hander, he got lefties out in a division where there's a lot of left-handed hitters, he's a good guy, he's great in the clubhouse. He checks all the boxes."

While Holland can pitch out of the bullpen, he's expected to slot somewhere into the Giants' rotation with Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Dereck Rodriguez, and Andrew Suarez.

Holland got a sizable raise from his 2018 salary of $1.75 million, but Kuiper believes it's actually a good deal compared to what other starting pitchers have been getting on the free agent market this offseason.

"He's a lot more expensive this year than he was last year," Kuiper said. "But he's not off the charts, like 'Ah man, what are we going to do?' He's the perfect guy and I don't think Farhan is close to being finished with this roster."

During a conference call on Monday, Zaidi noted that there's still a lot of time to add players to the roster, and is specifically looking to address the outfield situation.

"We have quite a few guys that we're looking at in the outfield mix," Zaidi said. "I'm still optimistic that we're going to add on that front. We've obviously got a group of guys that we like, but they're inexperienced. Adding some experience and known production in the outfield is something we'd like to do."

Giants mascot Lou Seal becomes ordained and officiates friend's wedding

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Giants mascot Lou Seal becomes ordained and officiates friend's wedding

This is probably the most important thing you will read today: Ron Manlapid and Angela Kim are newlyweds, and they had the assistance of Giants' mascot, Lou Seal.

That's right. The new couple had Lou officiate their wedding recently, and it looked perfect:

Lou got ordained especially for his friend, and "Sealcurity" member, Manlapid.

There are some things to think about here ...

First of all, there is a lot of respect to give to a mascot who requires a full-on security team. Secondly, are we happy or a bit scared to know just about anyone can be officiated these days?

Either way, the Giants themselves offered "CongratLOUlations" to the happy couple:

Get it? Because of his name ... Lou? 

Many blessings to Ron and Angela.