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Giants vs. Cardinals lineup: Mike Yastrzemski in right, batting second

Giants vs. Cardinals lineup: Mike Yastrzemski in right, batting second

After scoring 30 runs in their three-game road sweep of the Padres, the Giants returned home to Oracle Park on Friday night and fell flat

Clearly, they were missing Mike Yastrzemski. Manager Bruce Bochy isn't changing much with his lineup Saturday, but he is inserting Yaz back in.

The rookie will bat second and play right field. Through 36 games, Yastrzemski is batting .243 with five home runs and five doubles. In his first year with the Giants, he's been able to do something many others haven't, too. 

Yastrzemski, 28, is hitting better at home than on the road in the pitcher-friendly Oracle Park. He's batting .273 with a .752 OPS at home compared to .217 and a .712 OPS on the road.

However, four of his five homers have been hit away from San Francisco.

Here are the lineups for Cardinals-Giants on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

St. Louis Cardinals (44-42)

Tommy Edman, 3B
Jose Martinez, RF
Paul Dejong, SS
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Tyler O'Neill, LF
Dexter Fowler, CF
Matt Wieters, C
Kolten Wong, 2B
Miles Mikolas, P (5-8, 4.34 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (39-48)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Buster Posey, C
Alex Dickerson, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Kevin Pillar, CF
Joe Panik, 2B
Madison Bumgarner, P (5-7, 4.02 ERA)

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, MLB free agency is heating up.

One of the top available pitchers -- Madison Bumgarner -- is expected to be in high demand, particularly now that Cole Hamels has signed with the Braves and Zack Wheeler reportedly has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies. For teams who scoff at Gerrit Cole's price tag, Bumgarner might be the logical compromise.

The Giants have been "in communication" with Bumgarner, but rumor has it another interested team has entered the mix.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Bumgarner, citing a source.

St. Louis already has brought back veteran Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal, and after he, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, there appears to be an opening for Bumgarner in the starting rotation. Signing with the Cardinals would not only allow Bumgarner to continue pitching in the National League, but would also allow him to continue taking his own at-bats, which we know he loves so much. He also has been linked to teams such as the Twins and White Sox, but would forfeit his at-bats to a DH in each of those situations.

[RELATED: How Wheeler's reported $118M contract could affect MadBum]

While Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, Feinsand suggests Wheeler's reported $118 million payday might serve to increase the total.

MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

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MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

Gerrit Cole is far and away the gem of the 2019 MLB free-agent class.

The former Pirates and Astros ace led the American League in both ERA and strikeouts last season and finished just behind teammate Justin Verlander in the AL Cy Young Award race.

The team that historically always has had the deepest pockets in baseball -- the New York Yankees -- have made Cole a priority in free agency, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing a source.

Cole is a Southern California native with familial ties to the Giants, a team that also features one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the MLB. San Francisco also has been mentioned as a destination for the ace, who reportedly desires a return to the West Coast.

But if the Yankees, who always have jumped to outbid every other team for talent in free agency, decide to back up the proverbial Brinks truck for the 29-year-old, the Giants might be swiftly eliminated from contention for Cole.

Reports indicate that Cole’s price tag will “shatter” the record set by David Price when he signed a $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2015.

[RELATED: Report: Giants targeted UGA's pitching coach for same role]

While San Francisco has plenty of money to spend this offseason, it likely won’t engage in a bidding war that could approach $300 million.

Even if longtime Giant and current free agent Madison Bumgarner elects to go elsewhere in free agency, it remains to be seen how much money San Francisco would be willing to shell out for an elite talent like Cole in the heart of his prime.