Should Giants pursue Youklis?


Should Giants pursue Youklis?

The rumors and the denials are flying like baseballs off the bat of Red Sox slugger Kevin Youklis.

A day after reported Thursday that the Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis Boston GM Ben Cherington knocked down the story Friday.

"Thats inaccurate," Cherington told Boston's "Some teams have checked in on him. We havent told any teams we plan to trade him. Its our job to listen if teams have interest. Hes swinging the bat well since coming off the D.L. and (is) a big part of our team and lineup."

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According to CBS Sports, the Dodgers are interested in Youkilis and The Boston Globe reported that the Giants and Diamondbacks could be part of the discussions. The Reds, Phillies and Indians have also been mentioned as possible destinations.

Should the Giants inquire about the 33-year-old as a solution to their offensive woes at first base? Are you concerned that he could end up with the Dodgers?

Youklis, who has struggled to stay healthy, is earning 12 million this season. In 2013, the first and third baseman's contract has a team option for 13 million, with a 1 million buyout.Youkilis, a three-time All-Star, is hitting .250 this season in 96 at-bats after missing three weeks with a back injury.

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

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With the Giants shuffling players around, Eduardo Nunez finds himself manning right field Saturday evening against the Padres.

San Diego Padres:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Erick Aybar (S) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) RF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P


Giants move Crawford from bereavement list to 10-day DL

Giants move Crawford from bereavement list to 10-day DL

Brandon Crawford, who was already on the bereavement list, has been placed on the 10-day DL by the Giants on Saturday.

Crawford has already served three of the 10 days due to his stint on the bereavement list. The Giants' shortstop is dealing with a right groin strain.

In 21 games this season, Crawford is hitting .263/.284/.434 with two home runs. He won his second Gold Glove last season. 

Rookie Christian Arroyo is taking his place at shortstop on Saturday.