Giants present spunky new lineup vs. Rockies, but it's not enough in loss


Giants present spunky new lineup vs. Rockies, but it's not enough in loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a different look on Wednesday afternoon, and for three innings it was a pretty spunky one.

Bruce Bochy went with lefties -- mostly not the familiar ones -- atop the lineup and the Giants had some success against tough right-handed pitcher German Marquez, who nearly no-hit them earlier this year. It wasn't enough to overcome a grand slam given up by Jeff Samardzija, but as Bochy desperately searches for solutions at Oracle Park, perhaps he has stumbled onto something. 

Brandon Belt hit leadoff and the plan is for that to continue for a few more games, at least. Mike Yastrzemski hit second and scored in the first before doubling while leading off the fifth. Pablo Sandoval had an RBI double and solo homer while hitting third. Alex Dickerson had an RBI double in the two-run first and later drew a walk. Stephen Vogt, batting fifth, had hits in his first two at-bats. 

This is not at all what the Giants planned. Belt hit leadoff one time in his career before Tuesday. Yastrzemski and Vogt started the season in Triple-A and Dickerson was with the Padres. Sandoval, who has turned into Bochy's most dangerous hitter, ended a nervous spring thinking he would get mostly pinch-hit at-bats. 

But for about an hour there Wednesday, the lineup looked somewhat dangerous and worked Marquez hard. Bochy said he could take a look at that lefty-hitting group again depending on the matchups. 

"We had some great at-bats," he said. "We hit a lot of balls hard. I thought it was one of our better days offensively even though we only scored three runs."

The Giants will wait and see what they have in Yastrzemski and Dickerson, and while Vogt has seen more time of late, he won't be supplanting Buster Posey. Belt is the one with easily the tightest hold on a starting job, but Sandoval may not be far behind now given his play. He has started 13 games in June and isn't slowing down. The homer tied him with Kevin Pillar for the team lead at 10, and the double left the bat at 114.7 mph, a season-high for the Giants. The OPS is back above .900. 

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"He's got his rhythm and timing right now," Bochy said. "He's seeing the ball well and it's jumping off the bat."

Sandoval will continue to see time near the top of the order. Given where the team is, the rest of the guys who made up the upper half Wednesday probably should, too. 

Farhan Zaidi discusses Giants' mindset at trade deadline approaches


Farhan Zaidi discusses Giants' mindset at trade deadline approaches

The MLB trade deadline is less than two weeks away, and the Giants all of a sudden find themselves in a bit of a pickle.

Entering Sunday's game against the New York Mets, the Giants had won 14 of their last 17 games and sit just 2 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot.

With October baseball looking like a possibility, reports have trickled out that the Giants were re-evaluating their plans as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Where it once was assumed the Giants would look to trade starter Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith, among others, that reportedly no longer was the case.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi attempted to set the record straight on the Giants' mindset as the deadline approaches.

"I keep reading how the mindset is changing, but for us, it's been the same mission all along, which is trying to put ourselves in position to contend this year," Zaidi told reporters on Sunday.

"We've been fielding calls all year, even going back to the offseason. I haven't changed my phone number or taken my phone off the ringer. You still take those calls. It's helpful to know what other teams are thinking and who other teams are interested in, whether it winds up being something you act on or not. We have to be prepared for every scenario, which has been our intention all year long."

Zaidi also dispelled the idea that the Giants have pulled back in their attempt to deal Bumgarner and that they tried to trade him a month ago.

"Among many things I've read that have got a little bit of an eye roll from me was the notion that we were pulling back Bumgarner talks," Zaidi said. "I mean, first of all, what's been reported that we made a push to trade him months ago was completely false. We've gotten calls about Madison going back to the offseason and into this year. It's my job to listen to those conversations and process them, but I don't know what we'd be pulling back from because we have not been the aggressors in any of those conversations. We're just having conversations on background like everybody. every team."  

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The Giants have three games against the Chicago Cubs and three against the San Diego Padres before heading to Philadelphia to face the Phillies during the trade deadline. The time for Zaidi and the Giants to choose a course of action is here.

Giants vs. Mets lineups: Conner Menez, Zach Green make big league debuts


Giants vs. Mets lineups: Conner Menez, Zach Green make big league debuts

All good things come to an end. Such was the case with the Giants' winning streak Saturday, as Bruce Bochy's club was thumped 11-4 by the New York Mets at Oracle Park. 

The Giants will look to get back on the winning horse Sunday in the series finale when they hand the ball to rookie Conner Menez, who will be making his MLB debut.

In order to make room for Menez, the Giants DFA'd left-hander Derek Holland and sent Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen. The Giants also called up power-hitting third baseman Zach Green to give Bochy another right-handed option with Evan Longoria on the DL. Green also will make his MLB debut Sunday, batting sixth and manning the hot corner. 

Here are the full lineups for Sunday's game, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. with pregame coverage starting at noon. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams App

San Francisco Giants (49-50)
Donovan Solano, 2B
Austin Slater, RF
Tyler Austin,1B
Buster Posey, C
Kevin Pillar, CF
Zach Green, 3B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mike Yastrzemski, LF
Conner Menez, LHP (MLB debut)

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New York Mets (45-53)
Jeff McNeil, RF
JD Davis, LF
Pete Alonso, 1B
Wilson Ramos, C
Michael Conforto, CF
Todd Frazier, 3B
Amed Rosario, SS
Adeiny Hechavarria, 2B
Steven Matz, LHP (5-6, 4.87 ERA)