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Looking back at the Giants' 60 most memorable moments in San Francisco

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Looking back at the Giants' 60 most memorable moments in San Francisco

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the 60 most memorable Giants moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into Giants Pregame Live at 3pm Wednesday to see the first two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Mariners and Giants conclude, tune into Giants Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round! Make your vote count!

SAN FRANCISCO — In past years, the Giants media guide cover has featured individual players or images of championship celebrations. This year’s cover has the number 60 on it, signaling a yearlong theme for the organization. 

The Giants celebrate their past as well as any organization, and they’ll spend the next six months honoring the players and moments that have made their 60 years in San Francisco special. It kicked Tuesday, when the home opener included appearances by Giants alumni spanning the six decades in San Francisco. The Giants intend to include all the highlights, from their first game at Seals Stadium on April 15, 1958, to the recent run of championships.

NBC Sports Bay Area will join in by counting down 60 top moments from the past 60 years. Some are obvious, like Willie Mays reaching milestones, Barry Bonds chasing the all-time home run record, or a team of misfits finally bringing a title to San Francisco. Others are part of a larger theme. In good times and bad, the Giants have been a story, and there’s always drama on the field, even in the lean years.

The 1976 Giants lost 88 games, but John Montefusco threw a no-hitter in the 160th game of the season. Chris Heston did the same for the 2015 Giants, a team that was part of a trend of Odd Year Giants clubs. The 2006 Giants finished far out of first, but that season had a memorable 16-strikeout night for Jason Schmidt. The 2009 Giants weren’t quite ready for primetime, but that season included Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter. 

Even the 2016 Giants, a team with one of the worst second-half slides in MLB history, provided the right kind of drama. Brandon Crawford had a seven-hit game in the middle of the collapse, and when the Giants held on to reach the postseason, Madison Bumgarner and Conor Gillaspie gave an entire fan base a reason to stand up and once again believe. 

Crawford and Bumgarner were on hand for the home opener, which gave a hint of what's to come. The pre-game ceremony included Mays and Willie McCovey, and during the game the team sent a message to Orlando Cepeda. All of those players helped a region embrace the sport, with Giants fandom spanning generations. Bonds was on hand, too, and he helped the organization build a ballpark that has transformed a large area of the city. Others, like Cody Ross, Travis Ishikawa and Brian Wilson had a hand in championships that brought the Bay Area together every even-year October. 

If you have a personal favorite, it’s your time to join in on the 60th anniversary celebration. Throughout the season, Giants fans will be able to vote on their favorite moments.

Rays trade former Giants outfielder to Mariners

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Rays trade former Giants outfielder to Mariners

SEATTLE -- Rather than waiting to see where the Seattle Mariners are sitting by the time the trade market heats up, general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to be proactive.

Rewarding a strong start in spite of numerous injuries and the suspension of Robinson Cano, the Mariners pulled off the first big trade of the season Friday, landing outfielder Denard Span and right-handed reliever Alex Colome from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers.

It's not a blockbuster deal, but it does immediately improve the Mariners after spending the first two months dealing with a number of significant injuries and still finding themselves near the top of the AL West.

"They're going to fit in our clubhouse and really fit too to what we think are critical needs," Dipoto said. "The fact we were able to do it and maintain another four, five months of their contribution for this year, it's so much different than an ordinary in-season or July-type of pick up."

Seattle was seeking outfield depth and a boost for a heavily used bullpen to keep up momentum from a strong start to the season, despite injures to five starting position players, including Cano prior to his suspension. The Mariners entered Friday nine games over .500 and off to their best start since 2003.

"I think it's an awesome message that everything we've dealt with in the last eight-to-10 days here - it starts at the ownership level and front office - that we're all in on this season," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "That even though we had a setback with Robbie and the injury and suspension it's not going to derail us. Our eyes are set on the goal and that's getting to the playoffs and I think this helps us."

Tampa Bay will send Seattle $4.75 million to cover a portion of the $13,840,860 the Mariners took on with the acquisition of Span and Colome, although the Mariners had an unexpected $11 million freed up due to Cano's suspension.

Span is assured $10,193,548 - $6,193,548 remaining of this year's $9 million salary and a $4 million buyout of a $12 million mutual option. Colome has $3,647,312 left in his $5.3 million salary this year and can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Seattle sent minor league right-handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero to Tampa Bay, but the Rays continued to shed salary from a roster that was already 28th out of 30 clubs on opening day according to MLB figures.

"This usually is the time where you're still learning about your club and where you're at competitively," Rays GM Erik Neander said. "I think some circumstances changed in Seattle with respect to where their team is at, where their finances were at and that led to some motivation from them to seek and try to find ways to improve their team."

Colome may be the most important piece of the acquisition for Seattle because of what he'll add to the bullpen, and he will be under club control for a few more years. He was an All-Star in 2016 with the Rays and led the major leagues with 47 saves last year, but will likely need to accept a setup role in Seattle with closer Edwin Diaz leading the AL with 17 saves this season.

Colome has 11 saves this year, but has allowed 10 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings.

"I just think it adds an unbelievable depth to a really good group already," Servais said. "When you're running guys in there three, four days in a row, you don't have to over-extend anybody."

Span has played both center field and left field in his career. He was hitting .238 in 48 games with the Rays, but his ability to play multiple spots in the outfield is the big benefit to Seattle after Dee Gordon's move to second base following to Robinson Cano's suspension. Dipoto said Span will likely be the regular left fielder with Ben Gamel transitioning to a reserve role and Guillermo Heredia holding down center.

Tampa Bay acquired Span from San Francisco in December after he signed a three-year free agent contract with the Giants prior to the 2016 season. Span was still processing the deal before leaving Tampa Bay. He said when he got through spring training without being traded, he believed it would be closer to the trade deadline before possibly getting moved.

"I'm really looking forward to this new challenge, but this is home for me," Span said. "It is disappointing. I can say that for sure. I was just trying to get settled in here and we were winning, we were having a good time. Maybe if this had happened after the first week of spring training or whatever, I would have been more prepared."

The Rays also sent minor league right-hander Peter Bayer to Oakland for right-hander Wilmer Font. Oakland acquired Font from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25 and designated him for assignment Wednesday.

Giants unravel in seventh inning, drop series opener to Cubs

Giants unravel in seventh inning, drop series opener to Cubs

BOX SCORE

CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks limited San Francisco to one run and two hits over seven innings, Ben Zobrist lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Giants 6-2 on Friday.

Hendricks (4-3) struck out seven and walked two to help the Cubs open the series on a winning note after a two-game sweep by Cleveland at Wrigley Field.

Gorkys Hernandez had two of San Francisco's four hits - a leadoff homer in the fourth and single in the sixth. Evan Longoria added an RBI single against Pedro Strop in the ninth, but the Giants fell to 0-3 on an eight-game trip. They have been outscored 21-5.

The Cubs scored four in the seventh while chasing Derek Holland to grab a 5-1 lead. Zobrist's double to left against Will Smith made it 3-1, and Kris Bryant added a two-run single off Cory Gearrin. Addison Russell made it 6-1 with an RBI single in the eighth, and the Cubs hung on for the victory.

Pedro Strop retired the first two batters in the ninth before Brandon Belt singled, went to second on indifference and scored on Longoria's single.

Brian Duensing walked Brandon Crawford to put runners on first and second, but Brandon Morrow struck out Mac Williamson for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Holland (2-6) gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits. He left with none out in the seventh after hitting Javier Baez and walking Ian Happ.

Addison Russell moved the runners up with a sacrifice against Smith before Tommy La Stella - batting for Hendricks - walked. That loaded the bases for Zobrist, who lined a double to left.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (fractured pinky on his throwing hand) is scheduled to throw approximately 45 pitches in a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento Saturday. ... 2B Joe Panik (sprained left thumb) continues to make progress and could begin a rehab assignment before the team concludes its current road trip that runs through Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (5-3, 4.92 ERA) tries to win his third straight start, though he's only gone five innings in each of his past two.

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 4.47) looks to build on a dominant start after throwing one-hit ball over seven innings in a 10-0 win at Cincinnati on Saturday.