Giants vs. D-Backs lineups: Jeff Samardzija looks to continue hot streak


Giants vs. D-Backs lineups: Jeff Samardzija looks to continue hot streak

Just a week after winning a four-game series in Phoenix, the Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park to wrap up a midweek two-game series.

One of the Giants top prospects could potentially make his MLB debut, as the organization called up Mauricio Dubon on Tuesday afternoon. Dubon has been slashing .323/.391/.485 in 112 plate appearances across the minor leagues since coming over in a trade with the Brewers for Ray Black and Drew Pomeranz.

Jeff Samardzija takes the hill for the Giants, and the Shark has been on a tear of late. Since July 1, Samardzija is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and an outstanding 0.86 WHIP.

The 34-year-old has faced the D-Backs 20 times in his career, compiling a 4-5 record with a 4.33 ERA.

Opposite Samardzija will be Mike Leake, who was dealt to Arizona on at the MLB trade deadline from the Seattle Mariners. The former top-10 pick briefly was a Giant himself, acquired in 2015 in exchange for Adam Duvall and Keury Mella. 

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Leake has a favorable record inside China Basin, as he is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 games at Oracle Park.

Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. PT with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the My Teams app.

Arizona Diamondbacks (66-66)
LF Jarrod Dyson
CF Ketel Marte
2B Eduardo Escobar
1B Christian Walker
3B Jake Lamb
RF Adam Jones
SS Nick Ahmed
C Alex Avila
RHP Mike Leake (9-10, 4.77 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (65-66)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
3B Evan Longoria
LF Alex Dickerson
C Stephen Vogt
CF Kevin Pillar
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Donovan Solano
RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-10, 3.44 ERA)

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Gabe Kapler had his introductory press conference as the Giants' new manager, and he's chosen his uniform number as well.

The skipper has chosen No. 19 to sport this season, which means young infielder Mauricio Dubon will have to choose a new number -- and he needs your help.

He recently took to Twitter and asked what number he should wear now that he has to make the switch: 

No. 21 appeared to stand out from a Milwaukee Brewer's fan account, since Honduras became a country in 1821. Dubon was born in Honduras in 1994 (sorry to make you guys feel old).

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Five-time All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent also sported the number with San Francisco.

We shall see ... 

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris both went through the same drill earlier this week, standing near the home dugout at Oracle Park as a team photographer grabbed shots from their first days on the job. Behind the two new members of the brain trust, construction workers continued the work that started last month.

The Giants plan to make an official announcement about the changing dimensions of their ballpark, and the new locations of the bullpen, soon, but those who attended the press conferences this week -- and a TopGolf event the park hosted last week -- got a sneak preview. 

A chunk of the bleacher seats in right center have already been ripped out to make room for the new bullpens, and some seats have also been taken out in left center to accommodate other changes to the ballpark. But team president and CEO Larry Baer said the changes won't be drastic for hitters. 

"Triples Alley will still be Triples Alley, just with some refinements," Baer said. 

The Giants are still figuring out some of the exact details, but they know the bullpens will be side-by-side in center and right center. The kale garden will remain, although it sounds like there will be some changes to the dimensions out there because the center-field wall is coming in about six feet, which should please hitters. 

The deepest part of the park -- the nemesis for Brandon Belt and other left-handed hitters -- is 421 feet and will ultimately be closer to 410 feet when the construction is done, the Giants think. The Giants put a bar underneath the new scoreboard last season and plan to have additional changes, including a terrace, out there this year, continuing a trend around the game -- seen across the bridge in Oakland -- of having more gathering spots for fans. 

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Even as they held two press conferences last week, the Giants remained coy about their exact plans for the dimensions, but they expect to take out about 400 seats.

Some of those may be made up for in other spots. There is a short wall separating the old bullpens from the first row of seats and about 80 feet of that wall has been taken down on both sides of the park, which would seem to indicate that the Giants are going to add some premium seating in some of that territory.