Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally charged event for him.

Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto organization -- and they more than made him feel back at home.

The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the fans who stuck by him all of those years. 

Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:

"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."

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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior, and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.

MLB rumors: Twins investigating if Giants knew about Sam Dyson injury

MLB rumors: Twins investigating if Giants knew about Sam Dyson injury

When the Twins acquired reliever Sam Dyson from the Giants ahead of the July 31 MLB trade deadline, they thought they were receiving one of the most reliable bullpens arms in baseball. So far, that hasn't been the case. 

Far from it. 

Dyson has a 7.15 ERA in 12 appearances for the Twins. He went 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 49 games out of the bullpen for the Giants before being shipped to Minnesota. But now, Dyson will meet with Dr. Neal El-Attrache on Monday about his aching shoulder and likely will need surgery. 

As the veteran reliever deals with health issues, the Twins are searching for answers. The Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reported Monday that the Twins have investigated whether the Giants were aware that Dyson had a sore shoulder when he was traded for three minor leaguers -- pitchers Kai-Wei Teng and Prelander Berroa, and outfielder Jaylin Davis. 

There were no red flags on Dyson's medicals from the Giants when obtained before the deadline. But the 31-year-old told the Twins he has been pitching with some discomfort since mid-July, according to the Tribune. 

The Twins, however, have not been able to find any evidence the Giants had knowledge of a previous injury. 

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Meanwhile, Davis hit .333 with 10 home runs in 27 games for the Giants' Triple-A club before being promoted to the majors. Teng, 20, went 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA for San Francisco's Single-A team, the Augusta GreenJackets. Berroa, 19, had a 9.56 ERA for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Giants' Class A Short Season team. 

But in Minnesota, the Twins have the World Series on their mind as Dyson's season appears to be over heading into the playoffs.

How Bruce Bochy, Pablo Sandoval built father-son relationship with Giants

How Bruce Bochy, Pablo Sandoval built father-son relationship with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat in his office at the end of the last homestand and groaned as he wondered what to do with a struggling lineup. 

"You know," he said, "We really miss Pablo."

Bochy said the exact same thing last September as the Giants went into a tailspin without several of their bigger bats. He has always appreciated Sandoval's aggression at the plate, but more than that, he appreciates his passion and energy. He lights up when discussing how Sandoval simply loves the game and wants to be in the lineup no matter the situation. 

The two have formed a special bond, one so deep that Sandoval calls Bochy a father figure and honored him this January at the Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards. 

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Sandoval, then, was the perfect choice to kick off this series, in which five Giants who were around for the World Series years talk about the evolution of their relationship with a manager who will call it a career this Sunday

NBC Sports Bay Area: Do you remember the first time you met Bochy and your first impression of him? 
Pablo Sandoval: "It was in 2008, August 13, in Houston, that I got the call-up to the big leagues. I was surprised that I was in the big leagues and playing for one of the greatest managers. I knew for me it was going to be special to be part of it. He told me that he knew I was a funny guy. I know I was a rookie at the time but I was the loudest guy in the clubhouse and tried to keep everybody loose and he told me just one thing: 'Be you. I just want you to play your game and play the game the right way.'"

How has your relationship with Bochy evolved over the years? 
"I always say that the relationship is special, it's like a father and son. You play nine years for him and there are ups and downs like a roller coaster. He had to pull my ear sometimes and get on me, when I was doing bad or did something wrong. He was on me but I learned a lot of things from him. I learned how to play the game the right way."

What has made him such a successful manager?
"What makes him so good is that he puts the right piece in at the right time. He makes a different lineup every day, he puts the right pitcher in the right situation, he's not afraid to pull a guy up from the bench. Where else do you see a reserve take 350 at-bats? He gives a chance to every player to be happy and he keeps his team happy. That's why we've had great runs in the postseason."

Do you have a favorite memory with Bochy? 
"Yeah, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Those are the great memories that I have, just winning the World Series. And we've had plenty of times just sitting and talking. I love talking to the guy. He's a smart guy and he loves his family and we've talked about a lot of those things. I love the things he tells me."

Have there been times when you didn't see eye to eye? 
"I always respected him. Like I said, I don't want to yell at my father! I wouldn't yell at my dad. I always respected him. It's part of the game that you're going to fight it out but you have to suck it in. He's one of those guys you have to respect. I always respected him and when something happened, I always respected it. I earned it (when I got in trouble). There were a couple times I wasn't running the bases the right way in 2011 and he pulled me out. I knew I wasn't doing great running the bases. He pulled me out and I always respected that."

What's something fans don't know about him?
"The love he has for this game. He's the type of guy who doesn't show too much, but he's got a big heart, he's a big-hearted guy. He doesn't want to show it to people but I want people to know he's got a big heart and he loves every player in this room."

Do you think he will manage again?
"I don't know. I hope yes, I hope yes. Because I don't know how he's going to handle sitting at home!"