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Posey describes WBC: ‘Some of the most fun baseball I’ve ever played’

Posey describes WBC: ‘Some of the most fun baseball I’ve ever played’

Buster Posey already has three World Series rings to his name. And after Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night, Posey can add 2017 World Baseball Classic champion to his ever-evolving list of accomplishments. 

On Thursday, Posey went to Instagram to show how much he truly enjoyed his time with Team USA. 

Posey wrote: "Great experience playing in the WBC! Some of the most fun baseball I've ever played!"

To preserve the catcher's health, manager Jim Leyland rotated Posey and Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy every other game, playing four each.

Posey finished the 2017 WBC hitting .267/.313/.667 and tied for the team lead with two home runs while driving in four runs.

Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off

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Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Cardinals made four errors Saturday and had trouble with several other balls. The Giants couldn’t take advantage.

Cardinals right fielder Tyler O’Neill hit a walk-off homer off reliever Mark Melancon in the bottom of the 10th at Busch Stadium, handing the Giants a 5-4 loss. They’ve lost three straight after a good start to their final trip. 

The Giants had runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 10th, but second baseman Alen Hanson struck out. After an intentional walk of catcher Nick Hundley, Right fielder Austin Slater struck out to end the threat. 

—- The Cardinals butchered a couple of bloops in the seventh and the Giants took full advantage. With a runner on first, Hanson and starting catcher Aramís Garcia hit bloops that Cardinals outfielders didn’t handle cleanly. Starter Dereck Rodriguez followed with a single and outfielder Gregor Blanco made it 4-2 when he beat out a double-play ball. 

—- Rodriguez was cruising but he walked the lead off batter in the bottom of the seventh and then gave up a two-run shot to catcher Yadier Molina. It was the first non-solo homer allowed by Rodriguez this season. The rookie was charged with four runs in what could have been the final start of his season. 

—- Joe Panik isn’t a thumper, but his first career start at first base had plenty of positives. Panik  had three hits and looked fine defensively. 

—- Garcia bounced back nicely from a four-strikeout night. He had four hits, including a big one in the seventh inning rally.

Joe Panik playing first base for first time in Giants career

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Joe Panik playing first base for first time in Giants career

For the first 519 games of his major league career, Joe Panik has taken the field at second base.

On Saturday in St. Louis, that will all change. Giants manager Bruce Bochy put out his lineup and the Gold Glove second baseman is playing first base.

Even in the minor leagues, Panik only played second base and shortstop.

So who's playing second base for the Giants against the Cardinals? Alen Hanson.

With Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval done for the season, Bochy has been giving several guys a shot at first base. Austin Slater, Aramis Garcia, Chase d'Arnaud and Ryder Jones have all started at least one game at first base.