PROGRAMMING NOTE: Giants Pregame Live begins at 10:30 on CSN Bay Area, followed by Giants-Cubs at 11:20, with Giants Postgame Live immediately after the final out.
The Giants look to take the rubber-match of their three-game series with the Cubs, and finish their road trip at 5-1.
1) Angel Pagan (CF)
2) Marco Scutaro (2B)
3) Pablo Sandoval (3B)
4) Buster Posey (C)
5) Hunter Pence (RF)
6) Joaquin Arias (SS)
7) Xavier Nady (LF)
8) Brett Pill (1B)
9) Matt Cain
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office.
On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama's final ceremony for a championship sports team. Even sweeter for Obama is that the Cubs hail from his hometown.
The president has a home in Chicago and is a White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.
Obama invited the Cubs hours after they won the series in November, asking on Twitter if the team wanted to visit before his term ends on Friday.
The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians.
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.