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Giants vs. Cardinals lineups: Tyler Beede gets ball in series opener

Giants vs. Cardinals lineups: Tyler Beede gets ball in series opener

It's Labor Day, and that means day baseball. (Unless you're the A's, then you get the day off.)

The Giants, fresh off losing two of three to the San Diego Padres, head to St. Louis to face the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Bruce Bochy's club has lost seven of 10 and is fading from the NL wild-card race, and are hoping to put together one last surge toward the postseason.

Young right-hander Tyler Beede will get the ball for the Giants, while the Cards will turn to veteran righty Adam Wainwright.

Here are the starting lineups for Monday's Labor Day matinee at Busch Stadium. Coverage begins with Pregame Live at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the My Teams app.

San Francisco Giants (66-70)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Buster Posey, C
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mauricio Dubon, 2B
Tyler Beede, RHP (3-8, 5.56 ERA)

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St. Louis Cardinals (76-60)
Dexter Fowler, RF
Kolton Wong, 2B
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, LF
Paul DeJong, SS
Yadier Molina, C
Tommy Edman, 3B
Harrison Bader, CF
Adam Wainwright, RHP (9-9, 4.52 ERA)

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.

Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.

So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.

"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have a mutual interest in a deal.

Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

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Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course, he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

The teams in the NL West appear to really like free agent Madison Bumgarner.

The Padres are the latest team to show interest in the former Giants ace.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday night that the Padres are "taking close looks" at Bumgarner and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

Bumgarner has been linked to the Dodgers and D-backs this week. The Rockies are the only NL West foe not to be linked to the 2014 World Series MVP. The Angels, in the AL West, reportedly are also pursuing Bumgarner after missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

With Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the free-agent market, Bumgarner, Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best available arms remaining.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday night, citing sources, that there is mutual interest between Bumgarner and the Dodgers. The Giants are still talking to Bumgarner's representatives, according to Farhan Zaidi.

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Most Giants fans would like to see Bumgarner return to San Francisco. But if he doesn't, they would probably prefer if he leaves the NL West. It would be tough to watch the longtime face of the Giants come back to pitch against his former team multiple times a year.