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Kevin Pillar has emotional reaction to being traded to Giants

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Kevin Pillar has emotional reaction to being traded to Giants

LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Pillar will see a lot of happy faces when he walks into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. The veterans on the roster have been looking for help all offseason, and Pillar has a track record of success at the big league level. 

But leaving Toronto was difficult for the 30-year-old outfielder. He spoke to Blue Jays reporters with tears in his eyes and said the trade brought "a lot of mixed emotions."

"It's all I've ever known," Pillar said, according to Sportsnet. "You spend a lot of time here, you spend more time here than you do in your home in the offseason. I spend more time with people here than I do with my own family, so that part of it is hard."

Pillar said the trade, finalized Tuesday morning, brought him some relief because he had heard his name in trade rumors. It also moves him much closer to home. He was born about 30 miles from Dodger Stadium and starred at Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. The Blue Jays drafted Pillar out of CSU Dominguez Hills in 2011. 

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"Aside from maybe going back to L.A. or Arizona where I live, being on the West Coast is going to be a pretty good opportunity for me to be a lot closer to my family," he said. 

It won't be long before Pillar sees the Blue Jays again, though. The Giants visit Toronto on their next road trip. 

Logan Webb trying to send message about 2020 to Giants front office

Logan Webb trying to send message about 2020 to Giants front office

ATLANTA -- Logan Webb smiled Sunday afternoon and said he has adjusted to facing players he grew up watching. No longer does the Giants rookie stand on the mound and think, "Holy cow, I'm facing Manny Machado." But Webb can still get wide-eyed at times. 

The 22-year-old knows that plenty of former Giants are coming into town next week to celebrate Bruce Bochy, and he said he hopes to meet Jonathan Sanchez or Pat Burrell or ...

"Maybe Timmy?" Webb asked reporters. 

Lincecum hasn't shown up at the park in years, but the Giants are quietly optimistic that he will next weekend. If No. 55 does enter the clubhouse, Webb won't just be a fan. He'll be part of the process, a 22-year-old rookie set to face the Dodgers during Bochy's final series as manager. 

"I'm excited to see all the other stuff and take it all in," Webb said. "There are not many guys like (Bochy) who come around."

Webb has gotten to make seven starts for Bochy and Sunday's was the best. He limited the NL East champion Braves to two hits and one run over a career-high six innings. The Giants won 4-1 in Bochy's final road game. 

"I felt like today I was finally able to put it all together," Webb said. "I've got a lot more work to do but I felt a lot more confident and had command of all my pitches."

Webb mixed it up well, throwing 51 fastballs, 21 slurves and 18 changeups. He got 13 swinging strikes and had the Braves off balance all afternoon. Bochy said Webb is more polished than he anticipated.

"He's known for kind of a power sinker, but I think he's just getting better and better with his secondary pitches," Bochy said. "They're better than I thought. He's got a good breaking ball and changeup. He's got the weapons and arsenal to pitch up here because he's got command, too."

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Webb walked two on Sunday and has issued two-or-fewer free passes in six of his seven starts. That command, plus the raw stuff, has kept him in the rotation after a promotion in mid-August. A season that was extremely trying early on is ending on a high note, and Webb hopes to keep it going. He's well aware that every pitch he throws is another chance to impress a front office that will look to build a strong rotation this winter. 

"I think all the young guys, that's what we're hoping to do," Webb said. "Obviously you want to do well for now, but we also set ourselves up for the future as well."

Ex-Giants slugger Adam Duvall still hitting for power in new Braves home

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Ex-Giants slugger Adam Duvall still hitting for power in new Braves home

ATLANTA -- It has slowed over time, but for a couple of years, Adam Duvall was The One Who Got Away for much of the Giants' fan base.

An organization that's had decades of trouble developing homegrown outfielders traded Duvall to the Reds and watched him hit 64 total homers in 2016 and 2017, and make an All-Star team. Duvall was far from Oracle Park, but as he broke through in Cincinnati, he was aware that fans grumbled about the deal.

"I have extended family [in the Bay Area] and they would talk about it," he said Friday. "I got an opportunity with the Reds to get a lot of playing time. For being a young guy, that was good for me to get some playing time and show what I could do."

The mistake the Giants made wasn't necessarily underestimating the power -- Duvall always had hit homers in the minors, including 30 in a season with High-A San Jose. The Giants simply didn't believe he could handle left field, and with Matt Duffy at third, they included Duvall in a 2015 deadline trade for Mike Leake. They wanted more consistent starting pitching. It didn't work out that way. 

Duvall's run in Cincinnati ended last year, when the home-run power wasn't enough to make up for a .205 average and .286 OBP. But he has found a role with the Braves, starting 23 games in the outfield and posting a .863 OPS. His homer against his old team Saturday night was his ninth in 103 at-bats for the NL East champs.

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The Braves clinched Friday night against some players Duvall considered mentors. Before Friday's game, Duvall said he's grateful for the work the Giants did in preparing him for the big leagues. He pointed to Buster Posey and Ryan Vogelsong -- who is coaching with the Giants this weekend -- as two former teammates who were particularly helpful. 

"That was a big, big part of my career when I first got introduced to playing in the big leagues," Duvall said. "They were a very professional group."