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Jeff Kent, survivor?

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Jeff Kent, survivor?

If youre a Giants fan, you know Jeff Kent is a competitor but is he a Survivor?

Thank goodness well all get to find out when CBS premieres Survivor: Philippines at 8 p.m, on Sept.19.The 2000 MLB MVP, Hall of Fame candidate and occasional thorn-in-the-side of Barry Bondsis among 14 contestants vying to be the last person standing for the 1 million payout.Not surprisingly, Kent told Entertainment Weekly that his will to win on Survivor is just as it was as a ballplayer.RELATED: See the entire Survivor cast and watch video here
Ivegot a chip on my shoulder" he said, adding, "I hate to lose. Kent wasassigned to the Kalabaw Tribe for the shows 25th season, which is heldover 39 days on a remote island in the Philippines.Among others, Kent, 44, will be competing against49-year old actress Lisa Whelchel, better known for her role as 'Blair' on the 80ssitcom Facts of Life. If theresany way Kentdoesnt outlast her, one would have to think his will to win has waned atad.
Kent played 17 major league seasons and hit 377 home runs in that time, 67th on the all time list. He holds a career batting average of .290. He played six seasons in San Francisco (1997-2002) and won the 2000 MVP Award after hitting .334 with 33 homers.'Survivor' cast image courtesy of CBSGeoff James is a staff writer and producer for CSNBayArea.com

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P