Giants place Steven Duggar on injured list, recall Alex Dickerson


Giants place Steven Duggar on injured list, recall Alex Dickerson

Before the Giants take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Friday, they made a roster move.

Center fielder Steven Duggar was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain, retroactive to June 19.

To replace Duggar on the active roster, the Giants recalled 29-year-old outfielder Alex Dickerson from Triple-A Sacramento.

The Giants acquired Dickerson from the Padres on June 10 for pitcher Franklin Van Gurp. In six games with the River Cats, Dickerson slashed .176/.300/.176 and drove in one run.

In 107 career games with the Padres, Dickerson is a career .250 hitter with 10 homers and 39 RBI.

In 67 games this season, Duggar is slashing .234/.277/.343 with four home runs and 28 RBI.

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With Duggar out, expect Kevin Pillar to see a majority of the time in center field. Rookie Mike Yastrzemski has been playing well in the corner outfield spots.

Eleven crazy stats from Giants' doubleheader sweep against Rockies

Eleven crazy stats from Giants' doubleheader sweep against Rockies

DENVER -- Well here's something you haven't heard from the Giants' clubhouse since, what, the first half of 2016?

"Everybody is kind of fighting at the bat rack to get up there."

That was Stephen Vogt late Monday, after the Giants had scored 21 runs on 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Rockies. The run total actually is less than would have been expected, given the Giants dropped 19 in the first game. 

The more impressive feat yesterday may have been holding the Rockies to three runs over two games, and for that the Giants can mostly thank Jeff Samardzija and Dereck Rodriguez. They limited how Coors Field-ish the doubleheader got, but it still was a wild one, so here's a look at the numbers to know: 

1999 -- The last time a Giant had a homer in both games of a doubleheader. Barry Bonds had three that day and J.T. Snow had two. Brandon Crawford did it Monday with two in the afternoon and one at night. 

100 -- The number of homers the Giants now have this season. They had 133 last year and should smash that mark. 

21 -- The number of players used by Bruce Bochy in two games. He actually expected to use more; Drew Pomeranz was available out of the bullpen both games because Bochy was concerned he would run out of guys to fill innings. 

16 -- The final total for the Dodgers in their demolition of the Phillies. Monday was the first time that the Dodgers and Giants both scored 16 runs in a game since May 20, 1896, according to Stats LLC.

That's not 1996. That's 1896. 

The New York Giants beat the Chicago Colts 19-4 and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (really!) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 25-6. 

11 -- Number of different Giants with a hit, including Rodriguez, who was 1-for-2 in his spot start. 

10 -- The Giants started the day with a .231 batting average, .298 on-base percentage and .388 slugging percentage. Eighteen innings later they were at .234/.300/.395. 

The .696 OPS still ranks 28th in the Majors, but raising it by 10 points is impressive work, especially when you consider they already had 3,500 plate appearances on their record coming into the game. 

9 -- Crawford's batting average jumped from .226 to .240 and he gained 53 points on his OPS. His final tally: six hits, three homers and nine RBI.

Crawford tied Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda's San Francisco Giants record with eight RBI in one game. When he homered in the second game, he became the first Giant to have nine RBI in one day since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. 

6 -- Home runs by the Giants. Crawford had three, and Mike Yastrzemski, Buster Posey and Stephen Vogt each hit one. 

4 -- Number of wins the Giants are away from the .500 mark. They haven't been that close since May 7. 

3 -- The combined number of at-bats for Rockies relievers and innings pitched for Rockies position players. That's one way you know you had a bad day. 

0 -- The combined number of RBI and runs from Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, David Dahl and Nolan Arenado. From Samardzija in the first game to Will Smith in the final inning of the doubleheader, the Giants did a remarkable job of keeping Colorado's stars in check. 

[RELATED: Rodriguez brings energy, Giants show off versatility]

Because of all that, we have the most important number of the day: three. That's how many games back the Giants are in the Wild Card standings. The next two weeks are going to be fascinating. 

Essence of former Giants manager Dusty Baker embodied in illustration

Essence of former Giants manager Dusty Baker embodied in illustration

"I knew I was dealing with a legend."

Artist Michael Begen's task at hand wasn't an easy one. He was to depict the essence that was three-time Manager of the Year Dusty Baker and illustrate it on an NBC Sports Bay Area Authentic Fan cheer card.

During Begen's research process, he discovered many things about Baker. And as well-known as Dusty was for his abilities on the field as a player, Begen knew this artwork had to spotlight Baker as a skipper.

"I knew he was a player, but it seemed that he excelled as a coach, so I wanted to a find a piece that incorporated him as a coach," Begen told NBC Sports Bay Area. "And also since my style is very much caricature, I wanted to do the character justice by making good illustrations but also being in respectful taste to Dusty Baker and making sure the drawing wasn't too exaggerated. So I had to take that into count because I definitely wanted to be respectful.

"I looked at a bunch of images and I did a bunch of sketches to find the best expression and that led to the final design for the cheer card." 

Begen is no stranger to following the Orange and Black. 

"I've always liked the Giants, they're my favorite National League team," he said. "As I got older, I started to develop an interest in them."

With the Kevin Pillar cheer card we previously featured, artist Amanda Mantchev concentrated on the background for the centerfielder to represent the city of San Francisco. This piece was different. Begen wanted to focus on bringing out Baker for who he is.

"I wanted to focus on simplicity -- I didn't want to focus too much on colors. When I do my caricatures and illustrations, I tend to leave just a color background, because I want the character to be the focus. And everything else is nice, but I need to find that focus.

"I tend to view the subject matter," he added. "I submitted numerous designs of what it could be like color gradients in the background and designs." 

NBC Sports Bay Area agreed; a simple, a color background was the way to go. 

Baker, who played for the Giants in 1984 then the A's his last two seasons in the majors, made his presence known on the field. Along with his ties to Bay Area sports, Baker is also recognized as one of four African American managers to manage in a World Series game. He spent a decade in the managerial seat with the Giants, winning the National League Pennant in 2002.

"I thought having his name in bold right behind him and then have his signature was a good way, because it's a background nonetheless, but it's still about the man."

But there was one very important element Begen had to include in the piece.

"I like that he has a toothpick," he said. "In almost every photo that I found, that's what makes him stand out above all the others, that's his character, that's his personality. And he wears sunglasses, so I had fun with that."

[RELATED: Baker on being Giants manager, 2002 World Series loss]

Like the cheer card? We do too. You can make a possible cameo on television with the one-of-a-kind Baker cheer cards if you want to drop by the NBC Sports Bay Area set for Giants Pregame and Postgame Live at Willie Mays Plaza on "Say Hey Tuesdays."

This and the rest of the cheer cards will be revealed throughout the season. And you'll be able to see them in their entirety during the "Battle of the Bay Art Show," an A's and Giants-themed art exhibit during the Bay Bridge Series from Aug. 13-14.