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Tigers expect Oakland-style craziness from AT&T Park crowd

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Tigers expect Oakland-style craziness from AT&T Park crowd

SAN FRANCISCO The Detroit Tigers deserve to win a Bay Area baseball Mr. Congeniality award.When talking about what they expect from the AT&T Parkcrowd, many Tigers managed to compliment both Giants and As fans in theprocess.Hopefully that Oaklandseries prepared us for this, Austin Jackson said. Just watching the NLCS onTV it was loud, so I cant imagine how its going to be live.ALCS MVP Delmon Young compared the scene in Oakland during the Division Series to aninternational soccer match.If theyre anything like Oakland,its going to be a crazy series because that was the most intense scene Iveever seen. That was like playing in FIFA World Cup soccer. The only thing thatseparates them is a bridge so I think itll be crazy.The noise at AT&T Park during Games 6 and 7forced Fox announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver to raise their voices duringthe game broadcast and the auxiliary press box in the third deck would shakeduring big moments. Tigers catcher Gerald Laird is expecting more of the same, or worse, in theWorld Series.We expect the worst. We see how the Bay Area is. Its loud. Oakland was great; it was a great atmosphere.We expect the same here in San Francisco.Laird said he was really impressed while watching the end of Game 7 by the fansthat embraced a strong rain like it was a hot shower.You can tell last night no one left and it was a downpourfor the last out. So we know how much they love their baseball here. But aftergoing through Oakland,we feel like we can play in any stadium because it was probably the loudestwed been in all year.The Giants helped their crowd get loud in Games 6 and 7 of the NLCS becausethey scored early in each game. Marco Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, was a big reasonwhy the fans had something to cheer about early, whether it was the age-oldLets go Giants! chants or the MVP! MVP! encouragement for Buster Poseywhen he came up with ducks on the pond. So how do the Tigers plan on keeping Scutaro, who hit .500 over 28 at-bats inthe NLCS, off base in front of Posey?Its tough; youve got to pitch to your pitchersstrengths, Laird said. We felt like the Cardinals made a lot of mistakes tohim and he didnt miss it. Thats what good hitters do. We have to executepitches to him, weve got to make him feel uncomfortable in the box and I feellike we have the right-handed pitching to do that.Game 1 starter Justin Verlander has been known to quiet opposing crowds withhis electric stuff, but even when he was cruising through the As lineup inGame 5 of the ALDS, the crowd in Oaklandwas relentless.The Giants and their fans will likely still be riding the high from a Game 7win, and the Tigers are well aware of that.Theyre definitely going to have some momentum going into this next game, Jackson said. I thinkits going to be a good matchup. I really think its going to be a tough battlefor both teams.

Familiar faces trying to find success, health with Giants' Triple-A affiliate

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Familiar faces trying to find success, health with Giants' Triple-A affiliate

SACRAMENTO -- A young man named Clayton Blackburn walked into the home clubhouse at Raley Field on Tuesday decked out in Round Rock gear. 

"You're here for my start?" he said, smiling.

Sorry, Clayton, I was on Panda Watch for two days. But it was fun watching Blackburn, DFA’d in a weird move earlier this year, face former teammates. Blackburn hasn't had a great season with Texas, but he is still just 24 and he has gotten into terrific shape. Given what happened during his call-up last year, you should root for him to get a second chance. 

Blackburn gave up three runs over six innings against his former team. The River Cats won on Jarrett Parker’s walk-off homer to dead center with two outs in the ninth. Parker was one of many familiar faces in the lineup Tuesday. Here are some thoughts on guys you know, and guys you will: 

--- Trevor Brown is the backup catcher in Sacramento, which is certainly a fall from his run as Buster Posey's backup. Brown is batting .168 in what has been a very frustrating season for him. The groin injury that slowed him early lingered, he had a concussion, and he hasn't been able to find any BABIP luck. This year seems a lost one for a guy who was a big part of 2016. I’m still intrigued by his versatility.

--- Chris Shaw is the latest podcast guest. You can stream it here. We talked about his power, his move to left, thinking he was a Ray, and more. I didn't see many at-bats, but I saw enough in left field to be confident he'll be fine out there. 

--- Parker started in center field and made a nice running catch at the wall. He wouldn't hold up as a big league center fielder, but perhaps the Giants should throw him out there a few times down the stretch to see if he can be a backup option next season. Parker said he finally found his swing over the past few games. His rehab assignment ends in about a week, and he’s expected back in San Francisco. 

--- Reyes Moronta, who spent a day in the majors in May, was promoted to Triple-A. In his first inning, Drew Stubbs took him deep. I found that quirky. It's been a long season with far too many transactions. 

--- If Steven Duggar would stay healthy, he would probably make it up to SF in September. Unfortunately, his hamstring was tight again this week, keeping him out of San Jose’s lineup for a few days. Speaking of health: Tyler Beede’s groin injury will keep him out longer than just the standard DL time … Melvin Upton Jr. is still in Sacramento rehabbing a shoulder injury, but he’s not throwing yet so it’s hard to picture him making any noise before September call-up time …Christian Arroyo is in Arizona rehabbing from hand surgery. 

--- Derek Law was smiling because Derek Law is always smiling. He has a 4.32 ERA but said he feels much better than those results. “My slider is back,” Law said. He should be, too, when the Giants expand their roster. There are some other interesting relievers in Sacramento. A first baseman told me opposing hitters grumble about facing D.J. Snelten (1.84 ERA) and Tyler Rogers has a 1.94 ERA as a dirt-scraping right-hander. 

--- A teammate predicted Carlos Moncrief would hit .270 in the big leagues if called up, and he ended up getting that call Wednesday morning. Moncrief is a fun clubhouse addition. He gave Sandoval some good-natured heckling for talking to reporters after going 1 for 4. 

--- The Giants have had a lot of veterans visit San Jose this season. They all bought the postgame spread, but word around the block is that Madison Bumgarner provided the best meal. He had steak and lobster delivered to San Jose Muni. 

Eduardo Nunez 'forever grateful' for his time spent with the Giants

Eduardo Nunez 'forever grateful' for his time spent with the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Eduardo Nuñez left San Francisco in a strange way. The third baseman was traded in the middle of Tuesday night’s game and mostly said his goodbyes in a stairwell behind the home dugout at AT&T Park. Before joining the Red Sox, Nuñez took to his social media pages to send a message to the Giants and their fans. 

On Twitter, Nuñez thanked the organization for “the great opportunity and experiences learned” and wished the team the best of luck. His Instagram message was a bit longer. 

“I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing team,” Nuñez wrote. “I value the experiences learned during my time here and I will miss my teammates, the fans, and the beautiful city of San Francisco very much. Best wishes to the Giants organization during the rest of this season. God Bless.”

Nuñez is expected to join the Red Sox on Friday. Boston’s manager, John Farrell, told reporters that his new infielder will get “a high number of at-bats” despite the presence of top prospect Rafael Devers. 

"This is someone who's swinging the bat very well right now,” Farrell said, according to MassLive.com. "A high energy player that can run the bases well. He’s got really good line drive power so his .300-plus batting average to mix into this lineup is a good addition."