Giants lineup: Sanchez catching Lincecum, Belt out again

Giants lineup: Sanchez catching Lincecum, Belt out again
April 3, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Hector Sanchez's switch-hitting bat does appear to be a better fit against right hander Josh Beckett. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): Bruce Bochy said he told Posey around 4 p.m. that he wouldn't be catching Lincecum, and conspiracy theorists, go look at some grainy photos of Bigfoot or something. Sure, there are times in the past that I've been suspicious of Posey not catching Tim Lincecum, but at least for today, there's no subterfuge here. The Giants, in case you haven't noticed, are thin at first base and Brandon Belt, while he's keeping food down and taking batting practice at the moment, is too weak to play because of his stomach ailment. Plus left-handed hitters batted .280 against Beckett last year, 35 points higher than right-handed hitters. So Hector Sanchez gets a start behind the plate and Bochy gets another left-handed bat in the lineup.

One other pregame note: Bochy adjusted Pablo Sandoval's "day to day" status, saying the third baseman's elbow will be monitored carefully but "he's passed through this OK."

LOS ANGELES – No, Buster Posey won’t catch Tim Lincecum’s first start of the season.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said all week that the NL MVP would start all three games at Dodger Stadium behind the plate, but he changed his mind – likely because Brandon Belt remains “washed out” by a gastrointestinal ailment.

Posey is at first base and Hector Sanchez will receive Lincecum in Wednesday’s rubber match at Chavez Ravine.

Joaquin Arias started at first base in place of Belt on Tuesday, but that was because the Dodgers had a lefty, Hyun-Jin Ryu, on the mound. It’s right-hander Josh Beckett today. So Sanchez's switch-hitting bat does appear to be a better fit. We should get a gauge right away on how his shoulder has recovered from the soreness he experienced this spring and also in winter ball.

Giants (1-1) lineup

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
1B Posey
RF Pence
C Sanchez
LF Blanco
SS Crawford
P Lincecum

If you’re thinking the Giants could use some depth at first base, well, you’d be right. On a related note, Brett Pill, who had a meniscus repair on his knee a couple weeks ago, will start a rehab assignment for Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

For the Dodgers, Juan Uribe (remember him?) is getting his first start since Aug. 14. Guess shortstop Justin Sellers’ two errors in the seventh inning made a lasting impression on Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Dodgers (1-1) lineup

LF Crawford
2B Schumaker
CF Kemp
1B Gonzalez
RF Ethier
SS Cruz
3B Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
P Beckett

 

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