Giants lineup: Posey returns to catch Vogelsong

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Giants lineup: Posey returns to catch Vogelsong

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time the Giants faced Clayton Kershaw, they finally were able to topple him. It was Brett Pill who cast the smooth stone with a two-run home run in a 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium on May 8.

Pill is in the minor leagues, but Brandon Belt is finally giving the Giants consistent production at first base. He's in the lineup as Ryan Vogelsong will attempt to outpitch Kershaw for the second time this season.

Kershaw doesn't mind pitching in the shadow of the big soda bottle. He has won four consecutive starts at AT&T Park, and in six career outings, he is 4-1 with a 0.45 ERA (two earned runs, 39.2 innings) here.

Giants lineup:

RF Blanco
2B Theriot
LF Cabrera
C Posey
CF Pagan
3B Sandoval
1B Belt
SS Arias
P Vogelsong

Dodgers lineup:

SS Gordon
3B Herrera
RF Ethier
1B Rivera
LF Abreu
2B Hairston
CF Gwynn
C Ellis
P Kershaw

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 
 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

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Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.