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Wednesday BP: Johnny Cueto is still the Opening Day starter

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We all knew this, but now it’s official.

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Hello everybody. Happy Wednesday, and happy tax day. We’re rewatching the 2016 Wild Card Game tonight at 6 p.m. if you’d like to join.

The San Francisco Giants start the season (insert obligatory “if there’s actually a season” disclaimer here) in just eight days when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on ESPN. And while the season won’t be normal in any sense of the word, there will still be one a happy designation that has some normalcy attached to it: Opening Day starter.

The Giants made it official on Tuesday, naming Johnny Cueto the Opening Day starter roughly four months after he was named the Opening Day starter for an Opening Day that never came. Better luck this time.

It’s only the second time since Matt Cain took the mound in 2013 that the Giants have had an Opening Day starter not named “Madison Bumgarner.” Bumgarner — who will likely be the Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day starter — got the nod for five of the last six first games, interrupted only by the hilarious Ty Blach start of 2018.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, have named Clayton Kershaw starter, and he’ll get the Opening Day call for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Hell yes.

July 15, 1994: Against the Montreal Expos, Bonds hit a pair of home runs. A 2-run shot in the 5th inning off of Butch Henry scored Steve Scarsone, and gave the Giants a 4-2 lead. A solo home run in the 9th inning off of Gil Heredia gave the Giants a 7-3 lead, which was the final score. They were his 24th and 25th homers of the year.

July 15, 1997: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a pair of home runs off of Andy Ashby. A solo home run in the 4th inning tied the game 1-1, and a 2-run shot in the 6th inning scored Jose Vizcaino and gave the Giants a 3-2 lead. The Giants would win 16-2, thanks to a 13-run 7th inning. They were his 22nd and 23rd homers of the year.


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Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!