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Panda back in the bigs: Giants call up Sandoval

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Panda back in the bigs: Giants call up Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval is back in the bigs and back where he had his greatest success.

The San Francisco Giants, mired in last place in the National League West, called up Sandoval from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday after placing first baseman Brandon Belt on the seven-day concussion list. The Panda, a World Series hero for the Giants in their championship years, was released by the Red Sox last month after a less-than-stellar 161 games over three seasons (.212 in 2017, .237 overall) in Boston.

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He'll likely start at third base tonight against Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Tijuan Walker.

Sandoval, 30, will still be paid nearly $48 million for the three years remaining on his contract by the Red Sox. The Giants are on the hook only for a prorated portion of the major league minimum for the rest of this season. 

Sandoval was hitting .207 with two extra-base hits in 29 at-bats for Sacramento after hitting .222 with two singles in nine at-bats for Class A San Jose.
 

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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