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Sandoval returns, immediately gets put in heart of Giants lineup

Sandoval returns, immediately gets put in heart of Giants lineup

SAN FRANCISCO — The visiting team’s cleanup hitter on Saturday night, Paul Goldschmidt, is a frontrunner for the National League MVP award. The home team’s cleanup hitter was designated for assignment last month and recently hit .207 during a Triple-A assignment. 

What’s up with that? 

“Where we’re at with the lineup, he’s a left-handed batter who has experience hitting there,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Pablo Sandoval. “I didn’t want to move (Jarrett) Parker and I have (Brandon) Crawford hitting third. I wanted to keep (Hunter) Pence in the five-hole against a righty.”

That’s one indictment of the current roster. Here’s another: The Giants brought Sandoval up early in part because they’re hoping to get a spark for a struggling and often lifeless team. They didn't have many options, and they felt Sandoval was the best one. 

“The initial thinking was a few more at-bats, but sometimes your hand is forced by injuries,” Bochy said. “We need a little presence here, a guy to help spark us and bring some energy. Pablo has always done that. This club could use a little shot in the arm.”

So, here’s Sandoval, back in San Francisco after getting a 1 a.m. call Friday night. The Giants needed to make a roster move after Brandon Belt was put on the concussion disabled list. For now, Ryder Jones will play first and Sandoval will be at third, although Buster Posey could also move over to first, with Jones in the outfield. 

Sandoval said he doesn’t worry about the details. He’s excited to be back, and he said he cried when he called his fiancé on Friday night to give the news. 

“I got emotional,” Sandoval said. “I’m excited … I’m blessed to be back.”

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