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Bummer: Giants won’t let Madison Bumgarner hit on Friday at Yankee Stadium


The Giants will play back-to-back interleague series this week with two games in Boston against the Red Sox on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a three-game set in New York against the Yankees starting on Friday.

Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to start Friday’s game. Unlike on June 30, Giants manager Bruce Bochy does not plan to give up the DH to allow Bumgarner to hit, per CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic. Bochy said his team would be facing a lot of right-handed pitching, and also mentioned that the weather would be hot and humid.

Bumgarner is currently one of the best arguments against the DH. The ace has belted two home runs already this year, giving him 13 since the start of the 2012 season. The only other pitchers with at least five home runs since 2012 are Travis Wood (seven) and Mike Leake (six).

As far as the pitching goes, Bumgarner is in the midst of what may end up being the best season of his career. He’s 10-5 with a 2.12 ERA and a 155/33 K/BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings.

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White Sox, Rockies, “frontrunners” for Yasiel Puig

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Yasiel Puig, unexpectedly, remained unemployed for the entire offseason. But now, a week or so into spring training, it’s appearing as though he may soon have a job. That’s the word from Hector Gomez of Z101, who reports that the Rockies and White Sox have emerged as “frontrunners” to sign the guy.

Puig hit a .252/.302/.475 (92 OPS+) for the Reds before being traded to the Indians. Once in Cleveland his performance improved, however, as he hit .297/.377/.423 (109 OPS+). Definitely a down year overall, and a far cry from the sort of superstar performance he showcased when he first broke into the league, but he’s just 29 and still profiles as an above average big league outfielder, on defense and at the plate.

He’d certainly benefit from playing in the thin air of Colorado. He’d also look pretty spiffy in the White Sox’ lineup, though he’d likely have to assume a platoon role there. Which, given that he as better in that role toward the end of his tenure in Los Angeles, would not be the worst idea. He didn’t like it all that much, but at the moment, he needs to find a job.

Anyway, look for Puig to be off the market soon.