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Nick Vincent, the opener, doesn't solve Giants' first-inning struggles

Nick Vincent, the opener, doesn't solve Giants' first-inning struggles

SAN FRANCISCO -- Well ... that wasn't any better.

The Giants' first experiment with the opener blew up in their faces Tuesday night when reliever Nick Vincent continued the season-long theme of falling behind early. Making the second start of his career, Vincent became the first reliever to kick off a game for the Giants since openers became popular last season, but he allowed three runs and didn't make it back out for the second. 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got it going with a rocket to dead center, his first career homer. Freddy Galvis and Billy McKinney added RBI doubles in the 31-pitch inning. 

Vincent gave up four hits, with no walks or strikeouts mixed in during an inning that was so long that fellow reliever Trevor Gott started warming up. Vincent had not allowed more than two runs in an appearance all season. The outing was the continuation of a theme for the Giants, who have been outscored 45-5 in the first inning this year. 

"I think it's pretty obvious we've had our struggles here early in games," manager Bruce Bochy said before the game. "So you break it up a little bit."

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Tyler Beede, originally scheduled to start Tuesday, took over in the top of the second, although that wasn't much smoother. He loaded the bases before getting out of the jam with a pop-up. 

New MLB jerseys for 2020 feature distracting Nike swoosh logo on chest

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New MLB jerseys for 2020 feature distracting Nike swoosh logo on chest

Billy from "School of Rock" said it best: "You're tacky and I hate you." 

We're all thinking the same thing looking at Nike's new MLB jerseys for the 2020 season. An agreement in January was announced between MLB, Fanatics and Nike, making Nike league's on-field partner and official uniform provider. 

Nike's first installment of jerseys have begun trickling out, and my god talk about being pretentious. The jerseys feature a distracting swoosh logo right across the right chest.

A's and Giants jerseys will remain the same outside of the Nike logo on the chest.

It's a stark difference from Majestic, MLB's previous jersey provider. In years past, a small logo was placed on the left sleeve. 

But Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch says MLB sold the chest space to Nike for a higher price. 

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Fans rightfully are upset about the changes, but it shouldn't be a surprise. The NBA began placing sponsorships on their jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season. The NFL does the same for their practice jerseys. 

While baseball is one of the most "traditional" sports and often behind the times, don't be shocked if sponsors soon find their ways onto MLB jerseys.

MLB rumors: Giants view ASU pitching coach as 'serious candidate'

MLB rumors: Giants view ASU pitching coach as 'serious candidate'

These aren't the Giants of the past. These aren't even the Giants of just a few years ago. It's a new age of baseball in San Francisco, and it starts with the coaching staff. 

Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic on Sunday that the Giants are working to bring in former Dodgers minor league hitting coach Justin Viele, 29, as one of their major league hitting coaches. This comes days after 33-year-old Donnie Ecker was named San Francisco's hitting coach

When it comes to pitching, the Giants have gone non-traditional and turned their eyes to the college game. D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers reported Sunday that Arizona State's Jason Kelly is a "serious candidate" to become the Giants' next pitching coach. 

Kelly was named ASU's pitching coach this past June. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons at the University of Washington and was revered as a top coach and recruiter for the Huskies. D1Baseball.com named Kelly the 2018 National Coach of the Year for Washington's run to the College World Series. 

Under Kelly's tutelage, 15 pitchers at Washington were drafted since 2013, including seven in the top 15 rounds. He isn't the only college pitching coach the Giants have targeted, too.

The front office also went after the University of Georgia's Sean Kenny, and Eastern Carolina's Jason Dietrich. Both declined and decided to stay put in college. Rogers says the Giants have gone after four or five candidates thus far. 

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The Giants haven't formally announced that Curt Young will not return for a third season as their pitching coach, but it was expected that manager Gabe Kapler would bring in several new coaches. The only known coach to come back next season is Ron Wotus, who will be in his 33rd year with the Giants organization.