Giants vs. Braves lineups: Stephen Vogt latest to play left field


Giants vs. Braves lineups: Stephen Vogt latest to play left field

The San Francisco Giants are using yet another left fielder. In what seems to be a non-stop game of Pin the Tail on the Outfielder ever since the days of Barry Bonds, Bruce Bochy has now turned to a catcher who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. 

That's right folks, Stephen Vogt to left is your newest Oracle Park experiment. Surprisingly, this isn't the first time Vogt has played the outfield. 

Vogt has played 21 games in the outfield in his seven-year MLB career. He first did so in 2012 as a member of the Rays, and last wore an outfielder's glove with the A's, playing two innnings in left field two years ago. 

The 34-year-old has played 11 games this season with the Giants. He's batting .241 with one home run and three RBI. 

Giants top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson is making his second start in the bigs. Anderson, 24, allowed two earned runs and struck out five in his debut.

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First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here are the lineups for both teams in the series opener:

San Francisco Giants (20-26)

Joe Panik, 2B
Stephen Vogt, LF
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Steven Duggar, CF
Kevin Pillar, RF
Shaun Anderson (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

Atlanta Braves (26-22)

Ronald Acuna Jr., CF
Dansby Swanson, SS
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Nick Markakis, RF
Austin Riley, LF
Brian McCann, C
Johan Camargo, C
Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.88 ERA)

Giants board up Oracle Park ahead of George Floyd protests in San Francisco


Giants board up Oracle Park ahead of George Floyd protests in San Francisco

With protests taking place throughout the Bay Area, the Giants have taken a step to protect their ballpark.

Photos surfaced on social media of Oracle Park windows boarded up.

Protests around the country began in recent days following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota last Monday.

San Francisco has implemented a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday that lasts until 5 a.m. PT on Tuesday.

The Giants have yet to use Oracle Park this year, as the 2020 MLB season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

[RELATED: Kapler encouraged by players speaking out]

Last week, San Francisco mayor London Breed announced that the city is targeting June 15 for Phase 2 of the reopening plan to go into effect. At that point, professional sports teams could be allowed to start training at their facility.

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Imagining best opponents for Barry Bonds in hypothetical Home Run Derby

Imagining best opponents for Barry Bonds in hypothetical Home Run Derby

There might not be a more perfect candidate for an all-time MLB Home Run Derby than former Giants legend Barry Bonds. His 756 home runs are the most in baseball history, and no single player’s power has been as intimidating as Bonds was in his heyday. recently came up with a hypothetical matchup for Bonds in their “#WhatIf Derby” series, choosing Los Angeles Dodgers star and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger.

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It’s safe to say fans clearly favor one side in this showdown of sluggers.

Bellinger’s power is no joke, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Bonds’ prowess at the plate. 

This got us thinking, who would make the most formidable foe for Bonds in an imaginary home run derby?

Sticking with current players, there are plenty of viable candidates to challenge Bonds in a home run-hitting duel.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on an absolute show in last year’s derby, smashing a ridiculous 40 home runs to overtake Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson in the second round. Guerrero Jr.’s dad famously won the 2007 derby at Oracle Park while playing with the Los Angeles Angels.

Another player who, if fully healthy, could give Bonds a run for his money is New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. While he’s battled injuries in recent years, Stanton’s raw power and force he puts into each swing doesn’t have many parallels in any era of MLB.

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Completing the ideal foursome of participants would be Stanton’s New York teammate in outfielder Aaron Judge. The Fresno State product won the 2017 derby in an effort that included four home runs traveling further than 500 feet.

These four sluggers together all in their prime competing in one home run derby would be an unreal scene. There aren’t many in today’s game who even come close to Bonds’ strength in the box, but Guerrero Jr., Stanton and Judge are about as close as it gets.