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.