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Duggar keeps spring push going with fourth homer

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Duggar keeps spring push going with fourth homer

SCOTTSDALE — After talking him up all offseason, the Giants told Steven Duggar to go out this spring and win a big league job. It’s still unclear if Duggar will be at Dodger Stadium on opening day, but he certainly is doing all he can to make the conversation a long one. 

Duggar entered the day with a .286 average and 1.037 OPS and hit a homer in his second plate appearance against the A’s. The blast was the fourth of the spring for Duggar, who has played standout defense in center field and leads the team in innings played. Manager Bruce Bochy said he’s not surprised by Duggar’s developing power. Duggar came into camp with a reputation as a speedster with a good approach at the plate. 

“I saw him take BP in Sacramento once and he put on a show there,” Bochy said. “It opened my eyes. I’m not surprised. It’s a quick bat.”

The Giants have seen their share of homers aided by the desert air and heat, but Duggar’s latest was a low screamer that easily cleared the wall in right. It came off a lefty, Ryan Buchter, too. 

Duggar hit one homer in 229 at-bats in 2015, his first professional season. The next year, he had 10 homers, eight triples and 28 doubles while going through High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. He had six homers and 12 doubles in just 164 at-bats in the minors last year. 

Bochy hasn't offered any hints regarding the outfield competition. Gregor Blanco appears to be a heavy favorite for one reserve job, and the Giants don't want Duggar to break in as a platoon player. He has a couple more weeks to show that he's ready for a full-time look. 

--- A 6-5 win over the A’s ended up being quite dramatic. Sam Dyson buzzed Khris Davis after giving up a homer, and the two chirped at each other as Davis later walked to first. When Dyson came out of the game a couple minutes later, catcher Nick Hundley had words with players on the top step of the A’s dugout. Roberto Gomez later drilled an A’s prospect, and in retaliation, Orlando Calixte was plunked. Both benches were warned. 

--- Chris Stratton had another good one, giving up a solo homer but otherwise keeping the A’s off the board in four innings. Stratton has a 2.25 ERA this spring. He can start looking for a rental in the Bay Area at this point. “He’s doing what he needs to do,” Bochy said. 

--- Evan Longoria (ankle) could play as soon as Tuesday. Mark Melancon will be back on the mound Wednesday against the Mariners, Bochy said. Melancon has made just two appearances this spring as he works his way back from surgery. 

--- The Giants made their first round of cuts. Here's the list.

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California are about to get a whole new look. 

The home of Authentic Bay Area Sports will unveil its new state-of-the-art studio Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with "Sharks Pregame Live."

The sleek 2,270 square-foot studio boasts an interactive demo area and multiple anchor and reporter positions designed for movement and flexibility. 

“Our new studios will provide our anchors, analysts and insiders the ability to provide the region’s most comprehensive, informative and entertaining sports coverage across multiple platforms,” NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Murphy said in a statement. "We’ve created a world-class facility that is designed for innovation and the creation of compelling content for local sports fans.”

Every part of the studio can be used as a broadcast location, thanks to the litany of large displays integrated into its architecture, and a sleek LED display running the length of the studio forms the backdrop for the main anchor area. Located at the network's headquarters at 360 3rd Street in San Francisco, the studio includes 120 LED tiles in all: 75 are in the walls, and 45 are on the demo area's floor.

The studio, which was designed as part of a partnership between NBC Sports and the design group at Jack Morton Worldwide, primarily will serve as the main set for Warriors, Giants and 49ers pregame and postgame shows, as well as news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows.

A secondary studio will debut with "Sharks Pregame Live" on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., and it primarily will host NBC Sports California's pre- and postgame shows, news updates, press conferences and breaking news. 

How to watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Live stream, start time, TV info

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How to watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Live stream, start time, TV info

A pair of hometown heroes headline UFC Fight Night Sacramento on Saturday at Golden 1 Center. 

Urijah Faber (34-10-0) will fight for the first time since Dec. 17, 2016, coming out of retirement to fight Ricky Simon (15-1-0) about 15 miles from Faber's collegiate alma mater of University of California, Davis. Faber isn't lacking motivation coming out of retirement, and can give the crowd in Sacramento something to cheer about.

So, too, can Folsom native Aspen Ladd (8-0-0). She is undefeated in her pro career, but will face a more difficult opponent in Germaine de Randaime than at any point so far in her career. 

Here's the full card, which gets underway at 5 p.m. PT:

Undercard: Marvin Vettori (12-4-1) vs. Cezar Ferreira (13-7-0) [men's middleweight]
Undercard: Karl Roberson (7-2-0) vs. Wellington Turman (15-2-0) [men's middleweight]
Undercard: Josh Emmett (14-2-0) vs. Mirsad Bektić (13-1-0) [men's featherweight]
Co-main: Urijah Faber (34-10-0) vs. Ricky Simon (15-1-0) [men's bantamweight]
Main event: Germaine de Randamie (8-3-0) vs. Aspen Ladd (8-0-0) [women's bantamweight]

Here are the preliminary bouts, which begin at 2 p.m. PT:

Mike Rodriguez (9-3-0) vs. John Allan (13-5-0) [men's light heavyweight]
Andre Fili (19-6-0) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-3-0) [men's featherweight]
Julianna Peña (8-3-0) vs. Nicco Montaño (4-2-0) [women's bantamweight]
Darren Elkins (24-7-0) vs. Ryan Hall (7-1-0) [men's featherweight]
Pingyuan Liu (13-5-0) vs. Jonathan Martinez (10-2-0) [men's bantamweight]
Lívia Renata Souza (13-1-0) vs. Brianna van Buren (8-2-0) [women's strawweight]
Benito Lopez (9-1-0) vs. Vince Morales (9-3-0) [men's bantamweight]

[RELATED: Predictions for UFC Fight Night Sacramento]

Here's how you can watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento on TV and online. 

Date: Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. PT (prelims) and 5 p.m. PT (main event)
TV: ESPN (prelims)
Live Stream: ESPN+ (main event)