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Report: Giancarlo Stanton’s agents meet with Giants front office officials

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SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that San Francisco Giants executives met with representatives for Giancarlo Stanton in Los Angeles last night in Los Angeles.

A followup report from Joe Frisaro of MLB.com said that, the meeting notwithstanding, reaching agreement on a trade is not considered imminent. It’s hard, however, to imagine that Stanton’s people and the Giants’ people would be meeting unless there was something on the table for Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, to discuss or approve. Often in such situations would-be acquiring clubs are given 24-48 hour windows with which to negotiate with the player in question. It’s not unreasonable, then, to assume that there exists at least a deal in principle between the Marlins and Giants.

Yesterday Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Marlins would be willing to accept second baseman Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw from the Giants if the Giants committed to taking on at least $250 million of Stanton’s salary. It’s a deal that, one would think, San Francisco would make if available.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.