For all the talk about this retooled lineup and its ability to start fast, its the top of the Giants' vaunted rotation that is stumbling at the outset.
It scored four runs in the season opener. Bruce Bochy didn't feel the need to make changes to the Giants lineup.More: D'backs 5, Giants 4 Extra Baggs Giants video
Tim Lincecum allowed five runs in 5.1 innings Friday. However, the Diamondbacks' players and coaches alike were impressed with his stuff.More: Lincecum struggles Photo gallery Posey felt normal
Buster Posey made a critical error. He grounded out with the tying run in scoring position to end the game. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Most importantly, he felt great in his first game back since May 25.
Tim Lincecum wasn't at his best, giving up five runs, including two home runs, in five and a third innings of work as the Giants fall to the Diamondbacks 5-4 in their regular season opener.
Freddie Sanchez will take infield with the Giants on Saturday and will take part in an extended spring game Monday, while Ryan Vogelsong threw 81 pitches for Triple-A Fresno on Thursday night.
Sandoval knows his ability to catch is part of what helped the coaching staff and front office decide to put Sanchez on the roster. So hes cool with it.
Bochy went with Ryan Theriot at second base in his opening day lineup, knowing the Giants needed every hit they could muster against Arizona's opening day starter.
Manager Bruce Bochy has posted his lineup for today's game in Arizona against Ian Kennedy and the D'Backs; catcher Buster Posey will hit cleanup.
No, this doesn't mean you can mark down 600 at-bats of Ryan Theriot this season. But Theriot is 3 for 9 against Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Tim Lincecum is about to twirl and deal for keeps, which means Id better hustle to get my 2012 predictions out there.
Get the Insider's sense for the Giants roster with Andrew Baggarly's quick look at each player -- his analysis of Pablo Sandoval will excite Giants fans.
The Giants and Matt Cain have reached an agreement on a 5 year extension through 2017 with a clubvesting player option for 2018.
Tim Lincecum will limit himself to fastballs, curves and split-changes when he starts the season opener. Bruce Bochy acknowledged the slider isnt so friendly on the elbow, and his ace is trying to pace himself this year.
It's not often a major league manager can call his son in from the bullpen to pitch. Bruce Bochy got that honor Sunday and his son, right-handed reliever Brett, didn't let his father down.