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Giants vs. Pirates lineups: Buster Posey catching Jeff Samardzija

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Giants vs. Pirates lineups: Buster Posey catching Jeff Samardzija

Buster Posey is back behind the dish Thursday in the Giants' series finale against the Pirates at Oracle Park. 

Posey will be catching starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. The duo has fared well this season, too. 

Samardzija has a 3.31 ERA in 20 games this season with Posey catching, compared to a 4.93 ERA in seven games as battery mates with Stephen Vogt. 

At the plate, Posey looks to continue a strong start to September. After batting just .225 in August, the former MVP has a .368 batting average in six games this month. 

Coverage begins with Giants Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the My Teams app.

Here are the full Giants-Pirates lineups: 

San Francisco Giants (70-76)
LF Mike Yastrzemski
C Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
3B Evan Longoria
CF Kevin Pillar
SS Brandon Crawford
RF Jaylin Davis
2B Mauricio Dubon
RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-11, 3.64)

Pittsburgh Pirates (64-82)
2B Adam Frazier
CF Bryan Reynolds
3B Colin Moran
1B Josh Bell
RF Jose Osuna
SS Cole Tucker
LF Kevin Kramer
Jacob Stallings
RHP Joe Musgrove (9-12, 4.67)

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

Go ahead and add another name to the candidacy list to take over the Giants' managerial role after Bruce Bochy announced his retirement.

San Francisco reportedly has asked the Houston Astros for permission to speak to Joe Espada according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Espada is also a candidate for the Cubs' managing job.

Espada, 44, is currently the bench coach for the Astros with a background including a stint with the New York Yankees as the special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014 and was later named the team's third-base coach. Before that, he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins.  

He also coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. 

Espada was drafted by the Oakland A's in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent a decade playing internationally and made it through to Triple-A.

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He joins a list including Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay ... to name a few.

As Heyman points out, this is a younger group of candidates which appears to be the theme across the board for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. 

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

A new name has been added to the running list of candidates to be the next Giants manager. 

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Thursday that the Giants are interested in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill their managerial opening left by Bruce Bochy's retirement. 

Quatraro, 45, was named Tampa Bay's bench coach prior to last season. He spent the 2018 season as the Rays' third base coach after four seasons as the Indians' assistant hitting coach. 

The Indians ranked fifth in MLB in runs per game (4.6) during his time in Cleveland and fifth in on-base percentage (.327). By comparison, the Giants ranked 28th in the majors last season in total runs scored (678) and in on-base percentage (.302). 

While Quatraro doesn't have managing experience in the big leagues, he has managed in the minors. Quatraro managed two seasons in Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2006-07), one season for Class A Columbus (2008) and one season for Class A Bowling Green (2009). '

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Quatraro joins known Giants candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, Mark Kotsay, Pedro Grifol, Gabe Kapler and Wil Venable to possibly be the next manager in San Francisco. 

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will search far and wide, and Quatraro seems to check every box he's looking for.