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Vegas odds say Hamilton to Giants

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Vegas odds say Hamilton to Giants

The sports-betting website Bovada.lv lists ten teams itthinks could sign free-agent-to-be Josh Hamilton, and the Giants odds are thebest at 31.For paranoid Giants fans, the Dodgers are on the list, too,but their odds are just 151, the worst among the teams listed. That in itselfis a bit surprising, since the new, cash-rich Guggenheim ownership group in LA seemed to haveno problem with taking on almost a quarter billion dollars in contracts whenthey acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in a jaw-droppingdeadline deal with the Red Sox this season.A Hamilton, Kemp, Ethier outfield might keep Giants fans up at night.
Either way, its your San Francisco Giants who are currentlythe odds-on favorites in Vegas to land the mainly spectacular, but occasionallydisturbed power-hitting left fielder for the Rangers.Josh Hamilton was off to an amazing start in 2012, and his finalnumbers are still impressive from any angle -- .285, 43 homers, 128 RBI and a.354 OBP -- but he fell off his game after the All Star break. He hit a blistering.395 in April, .344 in May, but dropped to .223 in June and a head-scratching .177in July amid whispers that something was wrong with the self-proclaimed addictwho admitted to a relapse with alcohol abuse during spring training this year.RELATED: Josh Hamilton career stats 2012 game logs
So, will Josh Hamilton be a free-agent target for Brian Sabean and theGiants? Perhaps the tight-knit clubhouse in San Francisco would be a nice, softplace for Hamilton to land, but given the up-and-down quality of his 2012 seasonand the Melky drama thats just concluded in San Francisco, it doesnt seem like Giants wouldwant that kind of potentially-uneven presence in their clubhouse and thats before wetalk about the considerable coin (and years) needed to get Hamilton to sign.Here are the current odds, according to Bovada, for those teamsit thinks will be in the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes:Giants 31
Braves 51
Texas51
Phillies 71
Red Sox 91
Cubs 91
Yankees 91
Pirates 101
Dodgers 151

Giants lineup: Three lefties out against Kershaw

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Giants lineup: Three lefties out against Kershaw

With Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers Sunday, Bruce Bochy is resting three left-handed bats...

San Francisco Giants:
1. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) 1B
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Nick Hundley (R) C
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
8. Mac Williamson (R) LF
9. Chris Stratton (R) RHP

Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B
6. Chase Utley (L) 2B
7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
8. Joc Pederson (L) LF
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) LHP

Madison Bumgarner, Gorkys Hernandez make statements in win over Dodgers

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Madison Bumgarner, Gorkys Hernandez make statements in win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — A 2-1 victory Saturday night at Dodger Stadium all but assured that the Giants will not lose 100 games. They still could, sure, because any sort of downslide is possible in this 2017 season, but they would really have to finish with some sort of ugly stretch. 

Still, it’s been a long season, so it was no surprise when Madison Bumgarner admitted to some sleepless nights since Opening Day. As for Saturday night …

“It’s going to be much easier to go to sleep tonight, because we won,” Bumgarner said.

The big lefty did the heavy lifting, throwing 7 2/3 dominant innings and offering one more reminder that his shoulder is 100 percent fine after a season-halting dirt bike accident. Bumgarner topped out at 93.5 mph, and even though Bruce Bochy thought Dodger Stadium might have had a hot gun on this night, the swings told the story of a good fastball. Bumgarner said this was as good as he has felt in a while. 

“He did look strong,” Bochy said. “He did have really good stuff tonight. It was really crisp.”

It was the kind of night that reminds you that, for all their issues, the Giants will start 2018 with a leg up on many others. They have Madison Bumgarner and you don’t, and that should lead to plenty of good over the course of 32 or 33 starts. 

“I think it’s good for the club to know, hey, he’s back,” Bochy said. “This is the kind of ball we can play.”

It was the brand Bochy appreciates: A strong start, a good bullpen, strong defense, and just enough offense. That’s how the Giants will win in 2018, if they are to do so, which bodes well for the man at the center of Saturday’s offense. The Giants plan to move Denard Span to left field and acquire a new center fielder, but they still lack depth in the organization, and Gorkys Hernandez has made it clear he would like to stick around. He had three hits — including two doubles — and a walk, scoring both Giants runs. 

After a slow start that almost got him released, Hernandez took off over the summer, providing a high average and sparkling defense at three spots. A left wrist tendon issue has slowed him in September, but he surprised the staff by being available for the final two weeks of games, and he said he’ll play through the end of the year before considering any rehab options 

“He certainly has made a statement,” Bochy said. “He’s one of our better athletes. He can play anywhere in the outfield, and what’s impressive is how he’s come on with the bat. A kid like this that plays defense the way he can, and shows he can do some things with the bat, he’s in the mix.”

Hernandez said he loves playing in San Francisco. He intends to spend his offseason getting healthy at his home in Scottsdale before competing for an outfield job. 

“Every time Bochy puts me in the lineup I’m trying to show everyone that I can be here and that I can be part of this team for a long time,” he said.