Giants lineup: Noonan starts at third

Giants lineup: Noonan starts at third
June 1, 2013, 8:30 am
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Nick Noonan's only game at third base was April 29 when he came in a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: Coverage of Giants-Cardinals begins at 10 A.M. PT on CSN Bay Area.
 
ST. LOUIS – Every doubleheader is about conservation and survival, and the Giants are down at least one position player – and likely two -- as they get ready for a split-admission twinbill against the Cardinals on Saturday.

They don’t have Pablo Sandoval, who’s expected to miss the series with a strained foot. They also don’t have Angel Pagan, who isn’t in the Game 1 lineup and is iffy to start Game 2 on his bad hamstring, especially if the field is soggy.

The Giants have been in this position before. The last time the Giants played a doubleheader, at New York last season, they didn’t have Aubrey Huff because he’d flown home with what he and the club described as an anxiety disorder.

At least the Giants won’t need Huff to play second base again. Marco Scutaro is starting the first game and Nick Noonan will start there in the night game.

Noonan will start both games, in fact. He’s at third base in the afternoon tilt behind Matt Cain – the only change from Friday’s washed out lineup.

“Nick, he’s the young buck,” Bochy said. “He’ll go both.”

Bochy said Game 2 starter Madison Bumgarner often gets more action for the third baseman, and Joaquin Arias has had more work at the position. So he wanted Arias to be his Game 2 defender there.

Buster Posey isn’t expected to start the second game, Bochy said, because he wants his cleanup hitter to catch Chad Gaudin on Sunday afternoon.

Let’s just hope Sunday doesn’t turn into a doubleheader. There’s inclement weather in the forecast for Saturday, but nothing like the siren-blaring scare we saw here Friday night.

Lineups:

San Francisco Giants:
CF Blanco
2B Scutaro
RF Pence
C Posey
1B Belt
LF Torres
SS Crawford
3B Noonan
P Cain

St. Louis Cardinals:
3B Carpenter
CF Jay
LF Holliday
RF Craig
1B Adams
C Cruz
2B Descalso
SS Kozma
P Miller

You’ll note the Cardinals are holding several of their regulars – Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina and David Freese – for Game 2. It’s a little easier to plot your lineups when you face a right-hander and a left-hander, as the Cardinals will. They’re saving their best lefty mashers for the night game.

 

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