Bochy goes with Theriot's history; Crawford eighth for now

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Bochy goes with Theriot's history; Crawford eighth for now

PHOENIX Ryan Theriot only has three hits in nine careerat-bats against Ian Kennedy, Arizonas opening day starter.

Thats a virtual goldmine to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy went with Theriot at second base in his opening daylineup, knowing the Giants needed every hit they could muster against Kennedy.The right-hander had the Giants neatly pressed last season while going 3-0 witha 1.22 ERA in five starts against them.

Bochy spoiled the idea of an all-homegrown infield, whichthe Giants wouldve had for the first time since 1993 if Emmanuel Burriss hadstarted.

Dont think that didnt cross my mind, Bochy said. Theyreall going to play.

Only two Giants have more hits against Kennedy than Theriot: Aubrey Huff is 10 for 27 (.370) with a home run and Pablo Sandoval is 5 for 24 (.208).

Bochy said he liked the way Theriot took his cuts in hislast spring training game. Burriss had the superior spring, but ended it with a2 for 28 slump.

Bochy also explained that he still wants shortstop BrandonCrawford to be his No.7 hitter, but he penciled him in the eighth spot foropening day because he had missed time with a sprained left thumb.

I want him to get his timing again, Bochy said. I would liketo make that move (to seventh) soon.

Crawford had an MRI exam that confirmed there was a sprainbut no major ligament damage after he jammed his thumb while fielding a groundball on Monday. He said hes able to swing the bat without a problem.

Is he wearing any special protection for the opener?

Yeah, three of them, he said, then excitedly showed offthree different Neoprene guards that hell wear when baserunning, hitting andfielding.

Source: Giants to add Korean infielder on minor league deal

Source: Giants to add Korean infielder on minor league deal

The Giants are expected to finalize a minor league deal with Korean infielder Jae-Gyun Hwang this week, CSNBayArea.com has confirmed, adding another depth option as spring training approaches.

Hwang, 29, will be a non-roster invitee with a chance to make the club as a right-handed power bat off the bench.

Hwang has played 10 seasons in the KBO and is coming off back-to-back 26-homer seasons. He posted a .330/.391/.558 slash line last season for the Lotte Giants in what is considered a hitter-friendly league. 

The Giants have Eduardo Nuñez lined up as their starter at third base with Conor Gillaspie also fighting for playing time. Hwang could potentially provide a different look for a bench that is lacking in right-handed power. If he makes the club, Hwang will have a salary of $1.5 million, plus incentives. His deal is expected to include opt-out clauses that would allow him to return to the KBO.

The deal was first reported by Naver Sports in South Korea. 

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died early Sunday from a traffic accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.

Marte, a 33-year-old infielder, played for several Major League teams, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona, and was most recently playing in the Korean league.

Marte was playing in the Dominican winter league with the Aguilas Cibaenas team.

"We have awoken this Sunday with this sad news that we have lost a special being," club president Winston Llenas said in a statement about Marte.

The Associated Press contributed to this report