San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Padres in second and Giants in third place battle tonight at Oracle in 3 game set

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb deals against the Colorado Rockies through the bottom of the eighth inning at Coors Field in Denver on Wed May 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 In spite of the tough loss in Denver to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday the San Francisco Giants have won seven of their last ten games and are making a move on the first place Los Angeles Dodgers who are just three games ahead of the Giants.

#2 The Giants certainly got good pitching from their ace despite losing the game Logan Webb. Webb faced 16 batters and retired all of them in a row after giving up two runs in the first and one later in the eighth.

#3 Daniel, the Rockies CJ Cron got credit for breaking a 3-3 deadlock in the top of the eighth after reliever Jose Alvarez threw him a hanging curve ball and Cron just reached out and got it.

#4 Did the Denver thin air lend to the Rockies loses who were on a 12 game losing streak?

#5 Giants will try it all over again as they host the San Diego Padres Friday night at Oracle Park. The Padres will start Sean Manaea (2-3, 3.77) and for the Giants Jakob Junis (1-1, 1.74) first pitch at Oracle 7:15 pm PDT.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants open three game series against Manaea and Padres Friday night at Oracle

Colorado Rockies rookie catcher Brian Serven flies out in the bottom of the fifth inning at Coors Field against San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb on Wed May 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, talk about how disappointed San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb had to be retiring 16 straight Colorado Rockie batters after giving up two runs in the first inning in seven plus innings of work in a 5-3 final. Reliever Jose Alvarez allowed two runs in relief for the loss.

#2 The Rockies CJ Cron broke the 3-3 deadlock with a two run homer it was a monster shot 454 feet in the eighth inning and helped hand the Rockies their first win after losing 12 straight games to the Giants. What are some of the successes the Giants have over the Rockies and how big a role did the Cron home run have in changing the direction of the game.

#3 Michael what was the pitch that Alvarez to Cron for the home run and did it seem like Alvarez struggled or did the Rockies just see some good pitches to hit off him.

#4 Rockies rookie catcher Brian Serven on his first big league pitch fouled the ball behind home plate where his family was sitting. The ball was picked up by a fan and the Rockies communications department traded the ball for a signed Brendan Rogers signed ball and Serven’s parents Jim and Laura received the foul ball. For Serven that had to be a special at bat to foul one off and his parents get the ball back.

#5 The Giants have Thursday off and will host the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on Friday night at 7:15pm PDT. The Padres will start LHP Sean Manaea (2-3 ERA 3.77) and he’ll be opposed by Giants RHP Jakob Junis (1-1 ERA 1.74). How do you see this match up Friday night?

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Giants win 10-7 Coors Field slugfest over Rockies

San Francisco Giants hitter Tommy La Stella takes Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Kuhl deep in the first inning at Coors Field in Denver on Tue May 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tommy La Stella made his return to the San Francisco starting lineup a memorable one on Tuesday, as the Giants held on for a 10-7 win over Colorado in Denver.

The wild 3-hour, 40-minute win was the Giants’ 12th straight over an opponent, going back to last season. This streak equals the team’s longest winning streak over an opponent since the New York Giants defeated Philadelphia 12 consecutive times in 1945 and 1946.

Eight of the Giants’ 12 wins against Colorado have been at Coors Field.

La Stella, who was on the injured list with an Achilles injury, opened the game with a 464-foot home run to right off Rockies starter Chad Kuhl to lead off the game. It was La Stella’s sixth career leadoff home run – his fourth as a Giant.

The Giants’ bats didn’t stop there. In the second, Brandon Crawford tripled and scored on a throwing error. In the top o the third, Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run double, and Darin Ruf and Thairo Estrada added RBI singles. In the top of the fourth, Ruf struck again with a two-run double.

Run-scoring singles by Crawford and Estrada in the sixth made it 10-2 in favor of the Giants.
San Francisco’s 10-2 lead after 5½ innings began to evaporate in the bottom of the sixth, when the Rockies scored five times.

After C.J. Cron and Ryan McMahon delivered RBI singles, Randal Grichuk capped the rally with a three-run homer to left, pulling the Rox to within 10-7.

Despite being responsible for all seven of Colorado’s runs, Alex Cobb (3-1) picked up the win, despite giving up 10 hits and a walk. The Giants’ bullpen delivered 3 2/3 shutout innings to preserve the win.

John Brebbia, Tyler Rogers and Dominic Leone shut down Colorado on a collective two hits, and Camilo Doval struck out one and walked two in a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save.
Kuhl (3-2) gave up six runs – five of them earned – in three innings.

La Stella and Crawford were 3-for-5 as the Giants collected 14 hits. Cron was 3-for-5 to lead the Rockies’ 12-hit attack.

The Giants and Rockes wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday afternoon. Logan Webb (5-1, 3.48) starts for San Francisco, facing Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (1-4, 4.91). First pitch is at 11:10 PDT.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Longoria back and SF opens three game series in St Louis tonight

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is congratulated by Thairo Estrada after Crawford slams a two run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thu May 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, the Giants are coming off a very strong finish against the Colorado Rockies with a three game sweep and a five game win streak.

#2 The Giants have now won ten straight games against the Rockies and scored early and often during the last three games at Oracle. Simply put Rockie starters Austin Gomber, Antonio Senzatela, and Chris Kuhl all had their troubles trying to get out of innings against the Giant lineup.

#3 Giants third baseman Evan Longoria returned to the line up on Wednesday afternoon taking in his first regular game of the season after having finger surgery. Longoria batted third and went 0-5 but said it was like Christmas morning just to put the uninform on and compete.

#4 Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb said the team struggled when they were going through a five game losing streak but said upon the current five game winning streak “this is us.”

#5 The Giants open up tonight in St Louis they’ll send starting pitcher Logan Webb (4-1 ERA 3.82) to the mound agianst the St Louis Cardinals Jordan Hicks (1-2 ERA 3.78) for a 4:10 pm PDT first pitch.

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Kapler says Wood could get through the line up 3 times; Giants bowl over Rockies 9-2 at Oracle

The San Francisco Giants catcher Curt Casali (2) and starting pitcher Alex Wood (57) are grateful after a double play that got them out of the top of the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

Colorado. 2. 10. 1

San Francisco. 9. 12. 1

Tuesday May 10, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–The orange and black went into this evening’s confrontation with the Colorado Rockies (16-14) with a won-lost record of 17-12, good for third place in the NL West. This is a mathematical demonstration that all the teams in that division are, like students in Lake Woebegone, above average.

There was some good news in the San Francisco Giants’ (18-12) camp before game time. Evan Longrorria announced that he was ready to play at the big league level.

For tonight, at least, he remained on the injured list. Brandon Belt, however, was back in the lineup. There is no silver lining without a cloud, and Wilmer Flores was a last minute scratch after reporting muscular tightness.

Left hander Alex Wood, bringing a lackluster 2-2ERA 4.38 record with him, threw the opening pitch for the home team. The 31 year old veteran of eight big league seasons brought his repertoire of four seamers, changeups, curves, and sinkers with him. In his post game press conference Giants manager Gabe Kapler said that Wood was good enough to go through the Rockies line up three times.

He lasted 5-1/3 innings before giving way to Zack Littell with runners on first and third and the Giants leading, 8-1. Littell surrendered a single to the first batter he faced, but the runners only moved up a base apiece.

LIttell then struck out Garrett Hampson and Hilliard, leaving Wood charged with just one run, and that one unearned. He had given up seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. His pitch count reached 104, with 67 counted as strikes.

Facing the Giants for the Rockies was Antonio Senzatela, a righty who had gone 1-2 ERA 3.65 for the season. The strongest of his five outings came on April 29, when he held the Reds to one run, which was earned, on seven hits and a walk over 6-1/3 innings.

He relies mainly on his fastball and slider, with an occasional curve thrown in to keep batters on their toes. For all that, he is not an overpowering hurler.

San Francisco took an early lead, plating three tallies on a lead off walk to Joc Pederson, a single by Thairo Estrada up the middle that shortstop José Iglesias almost stoped but instead nudged into center field for a single, and a walk to Brandon Crawford that loaded the bases.

After Mauricio Dubón fouled out to first, Luis González moved everyone up a base with a single to the mound that brought in Pederson with the icebreaker. Curt Casali’s single to right drove in Estrada, and Crawford crossed the plate on Blackmon’s error in handling Casali’s hit.

The frame ended when Wade lined what looked like a single to right, but Blackmon threw the slow moving Casali out at second.

The Rox retaliated in the top of the fourth. Ryan McMahon hit two out broken bat single to left and reached third on Yonathan Daza’s double to left. The ball got away from González, which allowed McMahon to score the unearned run that put Colorado on the board, reducing San Francisco’s advantage to 3-1.

The Giants got that run back in their next turn at bat. González singled to center with one down, went to third on Casali’s base hit to right, land scored when Wade forced Casali out, 6-4. They stretched their lead to 5-1 on Belt’s double off the AAA sign in right center.

That brought Casali home and put an end to Senzatela’s labors. Lucas Gilbraith took over, threw one pitch to Yastremski, who grounded out to short, ending the inning.

Belt’s RBI two bagger came as no surprise. Before the game, he faced Senzatela on 22 occasions, hitting .450 against him with anOPS of .700.

Senzatela lasted a brief 3-1/3 innings, in which he surrendered five runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks. He threw 86 pitches in his short tenure, 56 for strikes.

The Giants just kept rolling along when they next came to bat. Ruf pinch hit for Pederson and got hit, Estrada forced him out at second. Crawford doubled to left center, and Dubón dropped a Texas League single to right.

Slater pinch hit for González and walked the bases full. Casali’s walk forced Crawford in and left the sacks still FOG, Full of Giants. It also ended Gilbreath’s ill fated cameo appearance, with Ty Blach replacing him on the mound and the Giants ahead, 8-1.

Jarlín García put the Rockies down in order in the seventh and eighth.

Jhoulys Chacín almost did the same to the Giants in the eighth but gave up back to back two out doubles to Ruf and Estrada, adding an insurance run and padding the San Francisco lead, which now stood at 9-1.

In the relatively safe environment of an eight run lead in the top of the nine, Jake McGee got the chance to break the recent descent of his effectiveness. He wasn’t impressive–yielding a lead off triple to deep center field to McMahon.

He scored on Hilliard’s sacrifice fly, which was the second out of the final frame. But he held the Rockies to that single tally.

The win went to Wood, who now is 2-2 ERA 3.60. Senzatela took the lost. HIs record now is 2-2 ERA 4.88).

The series will wind up tomorrow, starting at 1:45, with Chad Kuhl (3-0 ERA1.82) going for Colorado and Alex Cobb (1-1ERA 4.80) for San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Giants not giving in an inch stay ahead of Dodgers; Heading home for series with Arizona Tuesday

San Francisco Giants slugger Brandon Belt who hit two home runs on Sat Sep 25, 2021 as seen against the Colorado Rockies and one the night before on Fri Sep 24, 2021 as Belt has been hitting the big fly what seems like every other night (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 With the Giants (101-54) they’re just having a bang up September with the Los Angeles Dodgers (99-56) just behind the Giants continue to find ways to defy the laws of falling into second place.

#2 Brandon Belt has been paving the way with Oh Captain, My Captain he’s been the home run trend setter with the home run ball on Friday night in Colorado and his teammates followed through with three more homers the Giants in that five run 7-2 win

#3 Marko, if you like 7-2 scores this was a series for you the Giants repeated the same victory total with another five run win on Saturday at Coors Field and got three run rallies in the top of the fifth and eighth innings to cement their leads and guess who got two home runs Oh Captain.

#4 The Giants got some good pitching out of starter Kevin Gausman on Sunday at Coors who pitched six innings, three hits, an earned run, and 11 strikeouts before he left at the end of the sixth.

#5 Tuesday night the Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle to open a six game homestand how important is it in a tight race like this in the NL West for the Giants to sew these last few games at home?

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Giants sweep Rockies at Coors Field 6-2; Belt hand injured had to leave game

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt hurt his hand when hit by a pitch in the seventh inning by Colorado Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath at Coors Field in Denver on Sun Sep 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Once again, there was late innings heroics for the San Francisco Giants and this time it was Tommy La Stella who came up with the big hit.

La Stella came off the bench and picked up a pinch-hit single that scored Steven Duggar with the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning, as the Giants completed a three-game sweep with a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

With the victory, the lead for the Giants stayed at two games with six games to go over the Los Angeles Dodgers and the magic number for the Giants to clinch the National League West is five.

This was the second time this season and in the month of September that the Rockies were swept at home, and it is the longest such streak by the Giants at Coors Field since the facility was opened in 1995.

The Giants won seven in a row at old Mile High Stadium, from May 11, 1993 until June 23, 1994 and the Giants ended the season with a 15-4 record against the Rockies in 2021, tying the record for the most wins in a season against an opponent, as they went 15-3 versus the Houston Astros in 1965.

Brandon Belt was forced to leave the game in the top of the seventh inning, when he was on the left thumb on a 93 mile per hour fastball thrown by Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath.

After Belt was checked out by Giants trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Gabe Kapler, he went to first base and was eventually replaced by Flores when the Giants returned to the field in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Flores committed a huge fielding error in the bottom of the seventh inning off the bat of Sam Hilliard that sent C.J. Cron to second base. With Cron and Hilliard on bases, Zack Littell committed a balk and then Elias Diaz reached on a ground ball that was overturned on a ball fielded by Donovan Solano that allowed Cron to score the tying run.

Cron scored the Rockies first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he hit his 28th home run of the season.

Following the La Stella single, Brandon Crawford broke the game wide open, when he hit an opposite field three-run home run just out of the reach of Raimel Tapia in left field to lengthen the lead up to 6-2.

Crawford gave the Giants an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, as he drove in a run when he grounded out to score La Monte Wade, Jr., from third base.

Denver-area native Kevin Gausman pitched the first six innings for the Giants, as he allowed just one run on three hits, not allowing a walk and struck out 11 and was in line for the win until Cron scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and ended up with a no-decision.

Jose Alvarez, Littell, Doval and Kervin Castro came on to finish the game for the Giants, who raised their record to 102-54 on the season.

Doval pitched the eighth inning and struck out the side to pick up his fifth win of the season against just one loss.

NOTES: Belt is the first Giants player with at least 29 home runs in a season since Barry Bonds hit 45 in 2004…he’s also the first Giants first baseman to hit at least 29 since Will Clark did so in 1991 and Clark is the last Giants first baseman to hit at least 30 homers (35 in 1987).

The Giants ended the road portion of their schedule with a record of 53-28 (.654), tying the 1993 team for the second-most road wins in team history and only trailing the 1912 New York Giants, who won 54 road games.

UP NEXT: After an off-day on Monday, the Giants begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Oracle Park.

Belt homers twice in Giants win 7-2 over Rockies

Another one belted San Francisco Giant Brandon Belt watches the ball after tagging it for three run home run in the top of the fifth inning at Coors Field in Denver on Sat Sep 25, 2021 (AP News)

By Jeremy Kahn

On a night where the Colorado Rockies celebrated one of the best players in team history, the San Francisco Giants were trying to make history of their own.

Brandon Belt hit two home runs, helping the Giants to a 7-2 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field and with the victory, coupled with the Arizona Diamondbacks victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field, the Giants lead in the National League West increased to two games with seven remaining and the magic number for the Giants to win the division drops to five.

When Belt his second home run of the game off of Jon Gray in the top of the fifth inning, it was the 29th home run of the season for Belt and the 236th of the season for the Giants, passing the 2001 team for the most in team history.

Belt gave the Giants an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as he connected for a solo home run off of Gray.

This was the eighth multi-home run game for Belt in his career, as he followed up the solo home run with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning.

Prior to the game, the Rockies honored Larry Walker, who was recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as they retired his number 33. It is just the second number retired in the history of the Rockies, as he joins Todd Helton, whose number 17 was retired by the Rockies on August 17, 2014.

Anthony DeSclafani went just four innings for the Giants, as he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the fifth inning. Since the month of July, DeSclafani went over the 90-pitch just once for the NL West leaders, who are now 14-4 against the Rockies this season with one more game to go.

Tony Watson picked up his seventh win of the season, as the Giants used six relievers after DeSclafani was lifted in the top of the fifth inning.

In his four innings of work, DeSclafani allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three in the no-decision.

The Rockies tried to make the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, as they hit three consecutive singles; however, Dominic Leone was able to get out of the jam, when he got C.J. Cron grounded out to end the game.

Gray went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five, as his record dropped to 8-12 on the season.

NOTES: Mike Yastrzemski, who left the game on Friday night with a knee injury came off the as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning and hit a two-run single that extended the Giants lead up to 7-2. Yastrzemski eventually remained in the game following his pinch-hit appearance.

With the 101 wins on the season, the Giants have won 100 or more games eight time in their history, and are tied with the Atlanta Braves and the Dodgers for the fourth-most in Major League history, only the New York Yankees (21), the Oakland Athletics (10) and the St. Louis Cardinals (9) have more 100 plus win seasons.

The Giants were the first team to 50 wins this season, the first to 60 wins, the first to 70, 80, 90 and now the first to 100 wins…the Giants haven’t been the first team to 100 wins since 1913.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman goes for his 15th win of the season, as the Giants close out their regular season road schedule. Antonio Senzatela takes the mound for the Rockies in the finale, as he looks for his fifth win of the season.

Giants reach 100 wins on the season, beat Rockies 7-2 to hit three digit mark

San Francisco Giants Kris Bryant flies out in the top of the fourth against the Colorado Rockies on Fri Sep 24, 2021 at Coors Field in Denver (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Who would have ever thought that the 2021 San Francisco Giants would do something that the organization as a whole accomplished only seven times prior its 139-year history?

Backed by four home runs, the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-2 at Coors Field and with the victory, the Giants have won their 100th game of the season. Also, with the Giants maintained their first-place position in the National League West and their magic number lowers to eight.

Tommy La Stella led off the top of the first inning with a home run off of Peter Lambert, who was making his season debut for the Rockies after missing the entire shortened 2020 season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The La Stella home run gave the Giants a quick 1-0 lead; however, the lead would not last long, as the Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the first when Charlie Blackmon hit an opposite field single to score Raimel Tapia with the tying run. Elias Diaz gave the Rockies the lead, when Elias Diaz to right field to score Brendan Rodgers.

Unfortunately, for the Rockies, that lead would only last into the top of the second inning, when Brandon Crawford hit his 22nd home run of the season into the second deck of the right field seats.

Brandon Belt gave the Giants the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, when he hit his team-leading 27th home run.

Mike Yastrzemski hit the fourth and final home run of the game, as he hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, as the Giants broke the game wide open. Buster Posey drove in the seventh and final run of the game for the Giants in the top of that same seventh inning, when Wilmer Flores scored.

Alex Wood went just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out seven; however, he did not fare in the decision, as the game turned into a bullpen game.

La Stella, who hit a home run to lead off the game went 3-for-5 on the evening.

Kervin Castro went two innings, and continues to impress, as he allowed a hit and struck out two and picked up his first Major League victory.

Castro turned the ball over to Tony Watson, who threw a perfect seventh inning and then Tyler Rogers came on in the bottom of the eighth inning, and despite giving up three hits, Rogers struck out two and the Rockies left the bases loaded, when Rogers got Ryan McMahon on a called third strike to end the inning and get out of the jam.

Camilo Doval came on to finish it out for the Giants, and despite giving up a hit to Tapia, Doval got Brendan Rodgers to strikeout for the second out after Rodgers started the night by going 3-for-4 against Giants pitching.

Lambert went the first 3.2 innings for the Rockies in his first start of the Rockies, as he allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.

Ashton Goudeau came on to replace Lambert and went 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out two and gave up two home runs to Belt and Yastrzemski and lost for the first time in his MLB career.

NOTES: This team, who was projected to win 75 games this season became the eighth team to reach the 100-win plateau.

The Giants join the 1904 NY Giants (106), 1905 NY Giants (105), 1912 NY Giants (103), 1962 SF Giants (103), 1993 SF Giants (103), 1913 NY Giants (101) and 2003 SF Giants (100) as previous teams to reach triple digits in wins.

With four more home runs tonight, the Giants have now hit 234 home runs on the season, moving within one of tying the 2001 team for the most home runs by the team in history of the franchise.

Also with the four home runs on the evening, this was the 17th time that the Giants have hit at four home runs or more in a game, stretching their MLB lead up over the Toronto Blue Jays.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his 13th win of the season on Saturday night, while Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies in search for his ninth win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast Michael Duca: Newly signed Jewell hopes to get call up; Cueto’s future in question suffering from strained elbow

San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Jewell hopes to get off to a great start with his new club after struggling with his old club the Chicago Cubs. Jewell will face his old teammates as the Giants open a three game series against the Cubs Friday afternoon. (photo from

On San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael the Giants have brought up Jake Jewell, Jewell had struggled with the Chicago Cubs this season with an ERA of 9.90 and appeared in ten games with the Cubs with ten strikeouts and five walks in ten innings.

#2 Jewell joins the Giants but will not be eligible for post season because he missed the post game deadline, Jewell is someone the Giants are hoping to help. He was optioned to Triple A Sacramento do you see him joining the big club before the season is over?

#3 The Giants are maintaining they won the three game series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver and hold a two game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers and visit the Chicago Cubs for a three game series on Friday morning at Wrigley Field. The Giants have won five of their last ten can they hold onto first place for the rest of the way.

#4 The Steven Duggar had himself a ball game on Tuesday against the Rockies with two triples, a double, and three RBIs. Duggar is hitting .223 and seeing the ball well how important has he been contributing at the plate and helping the Giants stay in first place.’

#5 The Cubs are a struggling team they have lost eight of their last ten games and sit in fourth in the NL Central this should be a breeze for the Giants in the upcoming three game series Friday.

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