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Yankees should acquire Madison Bumgarner from Giants, analyst writes

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Yankees should acquire Madison Bumgarner from Giants, analyst writes

Every single playoff contender could use Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in their rotation.

But only one will get their hands on him. Which team needs him the most?

The New York Yankees, according to ESPN's Dave Schoenfield.

The Yankees have four reliable starters right now: Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Domingo German and CC Sabathia. But as Schoenfield writes, Paxton and German have no playoff experience and Sabathia isn't the workhorse he used to be.

Here's why Schoenfield believes the Yankees need the 2014 World Series MVP.

"No, it's not 2014 and trading for Bumgarner and expecting a similar level of October dominance isn't realistic. But do you want this guy on the mound in a big game? Of course you do. The Yankees haven't even been to a World Series since winning in 2009. This is the guy most likely to help push them over the top."

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and are trying to reach their first World Series since 2009. After watching their arch rival Boston Red Sox win another championship last season, it's time for the Yankees to respond, even if it means trading a few top prospects for a rental player.

Schoenfield also writes that the Giants should trade closer Will Smith to the Atlanta Braves and first baseman Brandon Belt to the Texas Rangers, reuniting him with All-Star designated hitter Hunter Pence.

The Giants will have plenty of options ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. It's a matter of finding the most desperate teams willing to give up good prospects for the players they have.

Giants prospect Jaylin Davis has six homers in last three MILB games

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Giants prospect Jaylin Davis has six homers in last three MILB games

Giants rookie Mike Yastrzemski wasn't the only player in the organization to hit three home runs on Friday night.

In Reno, recently acquired outfielder Jaylin Davis crushed three homers for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

The three-homer game was just part of Davis' recent hot streak. One night earlier, he homered in the series opener against the Aces.

Fast forward to Saturday night, when Davis kept the party going by hitting his seventh homer as a River Cat in the top of the second inning.

If you thought Davis was done, you'd be wrong. In the top of the sixth, he went yard again.

If you're keeping track, that's six homers in three games for Davis, who now has eight taters in 14 games since coming to the Giants organization at the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Between Double-A Pensacola, Triple-A Rochester and Sacramento, Davis now has 33 homers this season.

You read that correctly. 33.

The leader on the big league club is Kevin Pillar with 17 homers this season.

The Giants acquired Davis in a trade-deadline deal with the Twins. Reliever Sam Dyson went to Minnesota, while Davis and pitchers Prelander Berroa and Kai-Wei Teng came back to San Francisco.

On July 31, a source familiar with the Twins organization provided a scouting report on Davis, and the conclusion was pretty accurate:

"Big power, especially to the opposite-field gap. Hits the ball really hard, has been on fire since going up to Triple-A. Swing-and-miss risk. Average right fielder and can handle center in a pinch. Solid throwing arm."

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The 25-year-old is making it hard for the Giants to keep him down in Sacramento. It might be time for president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi to find room for him on the big league roster.

'Tough mentality' early helps Giants' Logan Webb earn win in MLB debut

'Tough mentality' early helps Giants' Logan Webb earn win in MLB debut

PHOENIX -- Logan Webb left 30 tickets at Chase Field for family members and friends who wanted to watch his big league debut. Some came on flights paid for by the Giants, but others made the long drive from Rocklin. 

Webb wasn't sure exactly how many of the 30 tickets got used up, although he knew it was nearly all of them, if not all. He didn't look into the seats to confirm, preferring to keep his focus on the field during the biggest moment of his baseball career.

"I could hear them," Webb added, smiling.

The ones who drove 11 hours certainly got their money's worth. Webb was sharp and showed toughness in his first big league start, pitching five solid innings in a game the Giants would go on to win 11-6

The 22-year-old was charged with one earned run (another came across on an error), struck out seven and walked one. Webb scattered five hits while becoming the first Giants starter since Ryan Sadowski in 2009 to win his debut.

"He stayed poised out there and gave us five solid innings," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He looked good, didn't he? He had good stuff, good command, a nice slider and changeup. He did a good job in this ballpark in his debut."

Webb had plenty of nerves for his lone Triple-A start on Monday, then had to fly to Phoenix and watch the Giants and Diamondbacks combine for 12 homers a night before he took the ball. He said there were even more nerves as he took the mound Saturday, but some dissipated with his first strike, others with his first out. The Diamondbacks scored two in the first but Webb didn't allow another run. 

"He's got a real tough mentality," Bochy said. "That's what you like about him. You can tell, he's out there and all business."

Webb is known for being a bulldog on the mound, but it wasn't those early runs that brought out the most emotion. He yelled into his glove after ending the sixth with a nasty slider that Adam Jones waved at. The culprit was a walk issued one batter earlier.

"There's nothing I hate more than walks," he said later, smiling again and shaking his head. 

A commitment to that will keep him in the big leagues, although for now it's unclear when Webb will make his next start. The Giants had previously said that Tyler Beede and Dereck Rodriguez would start next week, and they have two off days in five days. Webb likely couldn't start again until Sunday in Oakland, and the 2019 Giants have not kept a player around for a week when he's not able to be used. 

But Saturday's performance certainly opened eyes. Bochy said the staff would discuss the roster situation. At the very least, they need another position player here for the series finale as they go for the sweep. The lineup -- paced by Brandon Belt's six RBI and Kevin Pillar's five hits -- had 18 hits, but there were only three players on the bench.

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Webb may have to wait a bit longer to stick in the rotation. But the first night was one he can be proud of. 

"For a kid, coming up here against a tough lineup like that, he won't forget tonight," Bochy said.