SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants hoped Cameron Maybin could fill some holes on their bench. It wasn’t happening, and on Friday, Maybin was released.
The veteran signed a minor league deal after camp had already started but hit just .163 in Cactus League play with no homers. Maybin also got a DUI midway through camp, and while team officials said that wouldn’t knock him out of the competition, it surely didn’t help his cause.
A couple of weeks ago, Maybin was set to be the fourth outfielder. But the front office has been disappointed by the competition and continues to look for alternatives. Connor Joe, a Rule 5 pick acquired Thursday, would be on the roster if the season started today, per a source, and he can play a corner outfield spots. Yangervis Solarte also has been playing some left field.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi continues to talk to other teams about outfielders who might become available before Opening Day. The Giants recently added Matt Joyce, too, but they are short on right-handed options and outfielders who can back up Steven Duggar in center.
In that respect, it is notable that Henry Ramos is still in camp. At the moment, Gerardo Parra would be the next best choice in center if Duggar needed a day off.
A night after hitting a home run at the ballpark his grandfather once called home, Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski made another special memory at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
The 29-year-old caught the ceremonial first pitch ahead of San Francisco's game with the Boston Red Sox from a very special pitcher: His grandfather, Baseball Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Mike Yastrzemski.
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The elder Yastrzemski played 3,308 games in 23 seasons with the Red Sox, winning a Most Valuable Player award when he won the Triple Crown in 1967. The younger Yastrzemski made his MLB debut this season, and he hit his 20th home run of his first big league campaign Tuesday night at Fenway.
Mike called that feeling "special," but Wednesday's first pitch just might have topped it.
The Giants play Game 2 of a three-game series at historic Fenway Park after an evening of events that even a movie script couldn't duplicate.
Mike Yastrzemski homered in the Giants' 7-6, 15-inning win on Tuesday night over the Red Sox, rounding the bases on the same field as his Hall of Fame grandfather. The teams also used a combined 24 pitchers to tie an MLB record.
Jeff Samardzija will take the mound as Giants manager Bruce Bochy seeks his 2,000th career win. The Shark will face Boston for the first time since 2015 and is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the squad.
On the other side of the ball, Jhoulys Chacin will face a Giants lineup that he has he has fared well against. He has gone 9-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts against San Francisco.
And yes, Grandpa Yaz should be in the stands on Wednesday night.
Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.
San Francisco Giants (73-78)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Alex Dickerson
DH Stephen Vogt
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Cristhian Adames
2B Mauricio Dubon
C Aramis Garcia
RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-12, 3.72 ERA)
Boston Red Sox (79-71)
LF Andrew Benintendi
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH Christian Vazquez
RF Brock Holt
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2B Marco Hernandez
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.44 ERA)