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Excitement Around The San Francisco Giants

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With Spring Training started on Tuesday the San Francisco Giants have a lot to be excited about. The Giants added outfielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Evan Longoria.

McCutchen who hit 28 homers and Longoria who hit 20 adds some much needed pop to the Giants lineup who finished last in home runs last year with 128. Bringing in McCutchen and Longoria will take some the weight off all star catcher Buster Posey shoulders.

Posey should be able to see more pitches to hit this year with McCutchen and Longoria in the line up, which is good news for the Giants who struggle offensively.

The Giants also signed Austin Jackson, who will bring much need help to the center field position for the Giants.

The Giants adding two solid offensive players should bold well for the pitching staff with more run support then in the past. Giants will need Madison Bumgarner to stay healthy and for Johnny Cueto to return to his 2016 form, were he was 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA.

I think If the Giants get some better hitting and Bumgarner and Cueto pitch like they did in 2016 combining for 33-14 record with ERA under 3, the Giants well make some noise this year.

Also for the Giants to contend this year they will need some help from there bullpen,which let them down the last two years. The Giants had 12 blown saves last year Sam Dyson (7) and Mark Melancon (5).

Melancon was suppose to be a big off season addition last year, but that was hardly the case. Melancon went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 11 saves, he was also on the DL with a right forearm injury.

Sam Dyson who took over for Melancon was not that much better going 4-10 with a 6.09 ERA and 14 saves. Melancon and Dyson will be a hot spring training battle to see who can win the closer battle.

I am pretty sure the Giants hope it is Melancon because he is in the 2nd year of a 4 year 62 million dollar contract.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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