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Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Jeff Samardzija looks to deliver win in desert

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Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Jeff Samardzija looks to deliver win in desert

The NL wild-card race is heating up, so it's only fitting the Giants find themselves in the desert.

After taking the first game of a four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, the Giants will hand the ball to Jeff Samardzija on Friday.

Bruce Bochy's club currently sits just 3 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot, but they have three teams in front of them, so there is work to do.

The Giants will trot out a much different lineup than Thursday's 7-0 win. Mike Yastrzemski will lead off and play right, with Buster Posey batting second and doing the catching for Samardzija. 

Here are the lineups for Friday night's duel in the desert. You can follow the action on NBC Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

San Francisco Giants (61-61)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Buster Posey, C
Alex Dickerson, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Jeff Samardzija, RHP (9-9, 3.55 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks (61-61)
Ketel Marte, CF
David Peralta, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 2B
Christian Walker, 1B
Jake Lamb, 3B
Josh Rojas, RF
Nick Ahmed, SS
Carson Kelly, C
Mike Leake, RHP (0-1, 8.71 ERA)

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

The Giants' three-game series at Fenway Park was filled with so much history. 

Between a Yastrzemski reunion and San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career managerial win, there was much to be celebrated. That was until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner took the mound.

Across five frames in the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Giants, MadBum gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks. He struck out seven, but struggled in the second frame as he approached 200 innings on the season. 

The balls that were hit off of Bumgarner's in his ninth loss of the season weren't hit all that hard. Boston beat him by putting the bat on the ball with singles from Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few.

"This has probably been his worst year as far as luck," Bochy told reporters after the game. "I thought he threw better than what the numbers are going to show."

A pattern developed this year for Bumgarner on the road, and it wasn't a pretty one.

Away from Oracle Park this season, the four-time All-Star has a career-high 5.06 ERA with an opposing batting average of .280.

Call it tough luck, but as much as this sounds like a broken record, Bumgarner will be one of the top names in free agency this offseason, and it's no secret home/road splits are taken into account. 

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Bum talked about his outing after the loss, and couldn't explain some of the hits Boston got off him.

"Things don't always go your way," he said. "It's frustrating, you know. I feel really good about the way I threw."