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Watch Giants prospect Marco Luciano hit monster home run in live BP

Watch Giants prospect Marco Luciano hit monster home run in live BP

The Giants held an intrasquad game featuring many of their regulars on Wednesday afternoon, but it seems the real action was seen in the morning. 

Marco Luciano, the organization's top prospect, has shown in workouts over the past week why he's one of the top 20 prospects in baseball, and on Wednesday the Giants gave fans a taste of Luciano's power:

Reminder: That's the swing and physique of a shortstop who won't turn 19 until September. Luciano signed out of the Dominican Republic two years ago and made an impact in his pro debut last year, batting .302/.417/.564 in 47 games with 10 homers and 13 doubles. 

"Kind of taller -- little lanky, still -- not fully mature in the lower half, but incredibly twitchy," manager Gabe Kapler said on KNBR earlier this week. "Incredibly athletic and rangy to both his left and his right. In the batter's box, (he has) a high level of comfort and confidence."

Luciano likely would have spent much of this season with High-A San Jose, but now he'll get two months of extra work with more experienced players in Sacramento, along with this early time in big league camp. The Giants will reevaluate their prospects in the offseason, but Luciano has the look of someone who will move extremely quickly. There are plenty of scouts who believe he'll be a top-five prospect in all of baseball by next spring. 

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Kapler has talked a couple of times this week of how impressive the younger Giants have been. Luciano is part of a group that includes Joey Bart, Patrick Bailey, Heliot Ramos, Alexander Canario and Wilson. Kapler said that group is often making Oracle Park "look small."

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Giants vs. Astros live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

Giants vs. Astros live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The Giants continue their road trip Monday as they head to Houston to face the Astros for a three-game series. 

The Giants (7-10) are coming off a series where they dropped two of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it's the Astros (6-9) that are reeling. Houston has lost five games in a row, and were just swept by the A's in Oakland.

This is the first time the Giants have faced the Astros this season. Logan Webb (1-0, 2.13 ERA) will start the first game of the series for San Francisco.

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the Astros online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Monday, Aug. 10

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 11

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 12

When: Giants Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 4:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

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Madison Bumgarner placed on IL after rough start to D-backs career

Madison Bumgarner placed on IL after rough start to D-backs career

This isn't how anyone expected Madison Bumgarner's career with the Arizona Diamondbacks to begin.

As if his stats weren't already bad enough, the longtime Giants ace was placed on the 10-day injured list for a mid-back strain just four starts into his career in the desert.

Bumgarner allowed six earned runs over only two innings pitched Sunday in Arizona's loss to the San Diego Padres. He also allowed four home runs in a game for the first time in his career. It's now clear his struggles have been more than a rough change of scenery. 

Since the start of the season, Bumgarner has continued a troubling trend. The 31-year-old keeps declining with his four-seam fastball velocity. He topped out at 87.7 mph while getting shelled in San Diego, and his average fastball velocity through four starts this season is 87.8 mph. That's a big difference from his last season in San Francisco.

After a three-year run of his four-seam fastball dropping in velocity, Bumgarner was back up to 91.4 mph last season for the Giants. His decline in velocity this season very well could be due to back issues, but it's concerning nevertheless.

The D-backs signed Bumgarner to a five-year, $85 million contract in December. Meanwhile, the Giants signed starting pitchers Kevin Gausman, Drew Smyly and Tyler Anderson to one-year deals. Gausman looked great Sunday against the Log Angeles Dodgers and struck outsix batters over 6 1/3 innings, Smyly has a 3.24 ERA and Anderson's is even lower at 2.14.

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Bumgarner, on the other hand, leads the league in losses (3), hits (20), earned runs (18), home runs (7) and hit by pitches (4). To top it off, he has a 9.35 ERA.

Both D-backs and Giants fans alike surely hope this only is a minor setback for Bumgarner in the long run.

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