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Joe Maddon in awe of Carlos Moncrief's arm: 'That’s Bo Jackson'

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Joe Maddon in awe of Carlos Moncrief's arm: 'That’s Bo Jackson'

SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Maddon has been around Major League Baseball since before Carlos Moncrief was born. After seeing the rookie outfielder for the first time Monday, Maddon gushed about a right arm that’s opening eyes. 

Moncrief made two incredible throws, although neither led to an out. His throw to the plate in the second inning traveled 307 feet in the air, according to Statcast, but it wasn’t quite in time to prevent an inside-the-park homer for Javier Baez. Later in the game, Moncrief threw a laser to third that prevented a runner on second from tagging up. That one had players and coaches on both sides shaking their heads. 

“That guy may have the best arm I’ve ever seen,” Joe Maddon said, according to CSN Chicago. “That’s Bo Jackson arm stuff right there. That was that good. That was Bo good. I’ve always thought Shawon Dunston and Bo Jackson. Shawon Dunston on the infield, Bo Jackson on the outfield. And I think Moncrief is among that group. It’s incredible.”

Moncrief, 28, was called up last month after more than 800 games in the minor leagues. He was originally drafted as a pitcher, and when the River Cats put him on the mound in a game earlier this season, Moncrief sat in the mid 90s. He told teammates he could hit 95 and they didn't believe him. After clocking that number, he fired one in at 97 mph.

“I wasn’t surprised at all (by tonight’s throws), especially the throw to third,” Ryder Jones said Monday night. “That guy has a cannon.”

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

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Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

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Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P