Burrell will DH for Giants in Game 5 of Series

Burrell will DH for Giants in Game 5 of Series


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy tweaked his lineup again for Game 5 of the World Series.So far this postseason, most of Bochy's moves have been right on.Struggling Pat Burrell returned tothe lineup for Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers, but asthe designated hitter instead of in left field. Aaron Rowand got hisfirst start of the Series in center, with Andres Torres moving fromcenter to right. Cody Ross was in left for the second straight day, andAubrey Huff was back at first base following a one-day stint as DHduring which he hit a two-run drive for his first career postseasonhomer.The Giants are trying to win their first World Series in 56 years and first since moving West in 1958.Torres, who replaced Rowand as the regular center fielder at midseason, has moved to right previously."Torry's comfortable wherever we puthim," Bochy said. "Having Row out there with Torry and Ross is our bestdefensive outfield tonight."Burrell was benched for Sundaynight's 4-0 victory in Game 4. He has eight strikeouts in nine at-batsin the Series, is 0 for 9 overall and has 19 strikeouts in 38 at-batsthis postseason.Bochy said he had told Burrell hewould be back in the lineup Monday and Burrell spent Sunday takingextra swings to try to get on track."He worked on some things yesterday," Bochy said.Burrell entered with a .209 careeraverage in 160 games as a designated hitter, leading to his release bythe Tampa Bay Rays earlier this season. Burrell signed a minor leaguedeal with the Giants in late May and was called up June 4 following ashort stint with Triple-A Fresno.Rowand, who won a World Series ringwith the 2005 White Sox, is 7 for 25 with a homer and four RBIs againstRangers ace and Game 5 starter Cliff Lee. That factored into himgetting the call Monday."More so, we need him," Bochy saidof the decision. "He's faced Lee and we need another right-handed batout there, experience. It's nice to put a good center fielder out therewho has been through this and faced Lee."

Report: Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox


Report: Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have reportedly traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire two minor league pitchers, according to USA Today.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.

With Yankees on the prowl, error costs Sonny Gray in loss to Blue Jays


With Yankees on the prowl, error costs Sonny Gray in loss to Blue Jays


Sonny Gray walked off the mound after a scoreless bottom of the sixth Tuesday in Toronto.

Was it the last inning he’ll pitch in green and gold?

That’s the dominant storyline around the A’s right now, especially in light of Tuesday afternoon’s revelation that the Yankees are making a run at acquiring both Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonso from Oakland in a package deal.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported multiple sources as saying the teams were “making progress” on a deal that would send both players to the Big Apple.

The A’s have been scouting the Yankees’ farm system recently, along with the systems of other contending teams who are considering Gray. The speculation surrounding Alonso, a free agent this winter, has been light in recent weeks except for the Yankees’ known interest. But after New York acquired corner infielder Todd Frazier from the White Sox last week, it seemed the Yankees’ need for Alonso might have lessened. Apparently, that’s not the case.

Gray struck out nine over six innings in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, which leaves the A’s 1-4 so far on this seven-game road trip. All four runs off him came in the second, when his own throwing error toward second base helped open the gates to the only rally Toronto needed. Ryan Goins had a two-out two-run double and Jose Bautista also doubled home a run in the inning, with all four runs off Gray unearned.

MLB.com also reported earlier Tuesday that the A’s had a particular interest in Yankees Single-A center fielder Estevan Florial, and that infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo, ranked New York’s fourth-best prospect by Baseball America before the season, could also enter the equation. That same report mentioned that such elite Yankee prospects as shortstop Gleyber Torres, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield would be all but untouchable. All are among New York’s top-10 prospects.

But for a deal that includes both Gray and Alonso, it stands to reason the A’s could ask for the inclusion of one or more of those four in a deal.

The Yankees aren’t the only team that has an enticing pool of prospects that could make for a match with Oakland. Houston, known to be going after a starter, has multiple outfielders who could be attractive to the A’s. The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are among other teams in search of pitching who could put together competitive offers.

Gray’s next scheduled start would come Sunday at home against the Minnesota Twins, one day before the non-waiver trade deadline.