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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.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.