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Madison Bumgarner trade isn’t what Pablo Sandoval wants to see Giants do

Madison Bumgarner trade isn’t what Pablo Sandoval wants to see Giants do

If that was Madison Bumgarner's final home start in a Giants uniform, Pablo Sandoval made sure it’d be a memorable one.

In the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night at Oracle Park, Sandoval sent the home fans happy when he drilled a walk-off home run to the opposite field off Cubs reliever Brad Brach.

Earlier in the game, Bumgarner continued his recent hot stretch, limiting Chicago to three runs and six hits over seven innings before giving way to San Francisco's bullpen, which proceeded to pitch six innings of one-run ball.

Immediately after Sandoval rounded the bases and was hounded by his teammates at home plate, he spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez about the left-hander who started it all off.

"He's special. He's special. He's one of the guys you don't want to give up," Sandoval said of Bumgarner. "He's such a talented guy up there. Every time he gets on the mound, you want to win for him and do everything you can to support him. 

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"He's one of the greatest pitchers ever. ... He's one of the greatest guys."

Tuesday's start was Bumgarner's final one at Oracle Park before the July 31 MLB trade deadline, and teams surely will inquire about the Giants’ ace. If Sandoval gets his way, it won't be MadBum’s last.

MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand 11 days into 2020 season

MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand 11 days into 2020 season

Major League Baseball made it through the first full week of the season. Barely.

There were more than 30 games postponed last week because of positive COVID-19 tests, and four games were postponed Sunday alone.

For now, MLB marches on, with players being told to more strictly stick to the health and safety protocols and the commissioner threatening to shut this all down if he doesn't see improvement.

So, check back in a week. But for now, on they go, so we go on with their power rankings.

Here's where they stand after a strange week and a half ...

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Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Global pandemic or not, some Giants fans refuse to give up one of the organization's most unique traditions.

A group of fans has continued taking kayaks out into McCovey Cove, just over the right-field wall at Oracle Park, hoping to snag one of the elusive splash hits off the bat of a Giants slugger.

However, even if the home run comes off the bat of an opponent like Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, fans will go to great lengths to secure the ball.

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You can see one of the Giants' more prominent fans, McCovey Cove Dave, jump (or more accurately slide) out of his kayak in an effort to secure Choo's two-run home run. Not only does he not get the home run ball from Choo, but another ball that slips out of Dave's kayak ended up in the hands of a female fan.

As you can see from Dave's Twitter account Sunday, social distancing did not seem to be a priority for those who flocked to McCovey Cove for the final time before a 10-game road trip.

Nevertheless, it's good to see Giants fans trying to make the most of the 2020 season, one in which no fans will be admitted to any MLB games as the league tries to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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