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The game between San Francisco and the San Diego Padres was postponed minutes before the scheduled first pitch Friday night after someone in the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19.Two Giants-Padres games postponed after positive SF virus test — MLB | NBC Sports
Two Giants-Padres games postponed after positive SF virus test
The game between San Francisco and the San Diego Padres was postponed minutes before the scheduled first pitch Friday night after someone in the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19.
Saturday night’s game at Petco Park also was called off. The teams were scheduled to play through Sunday.
This was the first postponement due to COVID-19 for both teams. There have been 45 major league games postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns.
Both teams lined up for a moment of silence for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and then the national anthem. But the Padres didn’t take the field and the team announced the game had been postponed.
Players from both teams lingered in and around the dugouts well after Garrett Richards was scheduled to throw the first pitch.
About a half-hour after the game was to have started, the Padres announced the reason for the postponement. A few minutes after that, the Padres filed into the stands for a team meeting.
After winning 14 of their last 19 games, the Giants have climbed above .500 and are increasingly considered a legitimate threat to sneak into the postseason. With the club in the midst of a playoff push, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi made a surprising addition to the team’s player pool on Wednesday by signing…Justin SmoakGiants make a surprising free agent signing, add veteran slugger on minor league deal — Times-Standard
Smoak will report to the team’s alternate site in Sacramento and isn’t yet a member of the 40-man roster, but he’ll need to be added to the club by Sept. 15 to become eligible to participate in the postseason.
Smoak began the season with the Milwaukee Brewers and hit .186 with five home runs in 113 at-bats before being released on Sunday. The switch-hitter posted above-average numbers in 2017, 2018 and 2019 with the Toronto Blue Jays, but struggled to provide the Brewers with any production this year and was ultimately let go after striking out in more than 30% of his plate appearances.
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The timing of Smoak’s signing with the Giants is curious because it’s not immediately clear how he fits the team’s roster.
First baseman Brandon Belt has emerged as a down-ballot MVP candidate and is still in contention to win the batting title. When Belt isn’t in the lineup, infielders Wilmer Flores and Pablo Sandoval have also proven capable of playing at first base.
Smoak doesn’t have much positional versatility as he’s likely limited to first base and designated hitter at this point in his career, so it’s uncertain whether the Giants will end up adding him to the roster. It’s possible Zaidi pursued Smoak with the idea that he could provide some insurance in the event Belt, Flores or Sandoval is injured down the stretch.
The Giants have also had several other players including Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford miss games over the last week due to nagging injuries, so the front office may have viewed the opportunity to add a veteran on a low-risk deal as a move it couldn’t pass up.
Smoak was an All-Star in 2017 with the Blue Jays and is a close friend of former Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar, who won the 2019 Willie Mac Award and is currently trying to help the Rockies push past San Francisco in the postseason race.
CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device. No Giants players or coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 since the season began on July 23, but infielder Pablo Sandoval revealed Monday his wife, Yuli, spent time in the emergency room in August as she dealt with coronavirus symptoms. Sandoval…Giants’ Pablo Sandoval says coronavirus sent his wife to emergency room — Times-Standard
The San Francisco Giants cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence, which ends a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.Giants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ Robertson — MLB | NBC Sports
Giants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ Robertson
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence on Sunday, ending a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.
Pence, 37, was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Daniel Robertson, who was acquired earlier in the day from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash or a player to be named later.
Pence was a fiery emotional leader for the Giants from 2012-2018, helping anchor teams that won the World Series in 2012 and 2014.
After making the All-Star team with Texas last season, he returned to San Francisco in February on a one-year, $3 million contract but hit just .096 with two homers and six RBI in 17 games.
Robertson will report to the Giants’ alternate training site in Sacramento. The team also reinstated reliever Sam Coonrod from the 10-day injured list.
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