Bochy to be patient with Pagan, Cabrera

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Bochy to be patient with Pagan, Cabrera

Programming Alert: Tune into the CLBlitz on CSN Bay Area tonight as our panel discusses the Giants - Mets trade and more! Leave your comment below to chime in on the Blitz.DALLAS -- General manager Brian Sabean is in charge of acquiring the pieces, and it will be Bruce Bochy's job to figure out how they will all fit together. But don't expect a finished puzzle anytime soon, the Giants' skipper will likely wait until spring training to get a clearer picture.

"Going into spring training, really I think I'll start putting guys where I think they'll end up. Keep my options open, get some flexibility and versatility with these guys," Bochy said Wednesday from the MLB Winter Meetings.

More than likely, it will be a fluid situation. Bochy said he plans to have newly acquired outfielders Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera share time in the leadoff spot while utilizing each player's versatility in the outfield.

"Aubrey Huff will be playing some left in spring training, some first, I'll be moving Pagan around and Cabrera. I think when we get to the last two weeks of spring training we'll know where these guys are gonna be," Bochy said.

"We're excited about getting Angel Pagan. He's a very exciting type player. Great speed, way above average runner, he can play center right and left he's at the top of order, get faster, and helps us do that with the speed he's gonna bring," Bochy said. "He'll hit, a switch hitter, hit the ball out at times. Looking for him to get on base and wreak some havoc. I'm looking forward to him playing for us."

As for filling the shoes of Ramon Ramirez in the bullpen, there's a good chance Guillermo Mota will be once again wearing a Giants uniform.

"We're talking about that now. We have some options. We're talking to Mota right now, see if that works out. We have Dan Runzler and some other options," Bochy said. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla are two can pitch the 7th and 8th. We think we can get a guy to fill Ramirez's role. He did a good job, he's a great pitcher and you hate losing a guy like that but we got the type of player I think we needed."

As for saying farewell to Andres Torres, goodbyes are never easy.

"I talked to Andres and he got emotional," Bochy said. "It didn't surprise me, we've all seen him and he's pretty appreciative for his time here and I'm thankful for his time here. We won a World Series and he went to Taiwan with me. So it's hard to say goodbye to someone who's contributed to us winning. He's excited about his chance in New York and his playing time. With us he's looking at more of a backup role so this is good thing for him too."

Of course, stay tuned, as the Giants still could make another deal before the Winter Meetings wrap up on Thursday.

"We're still in the war room talking about what else we can do to improve the club and the bench," Bochy said. "These are the things we're talking about, if Sabes thinks it makes sense for us and works within our budget then he'll do it.

"We haven't stopped, we'll be here through tomorrow, so it's an ongoing process."

Also of note: It sounds like the Giants will indeed be wearing those throwback road unis this season, most likely on Sunday road games.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 6-4 win over Cubs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 6-4 win over Cubs

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CHICAGO — This time, the comeback would not be completed. 

The Giants nearly gave away a six-run lead in their first game against the Cubs since the NLDS collapse, but they held on for a 6-4 win. Ty Blach was strong into the eighth, Joe Panik had a monster night, and Mark Melancon closed it out. The Giants are 3-1 on the road trip and have won eight of 10 overall. 

Here are five things to know from the first night back at Wrigley … 

--- Manager Bruce Bochy had to have a sick and familiar feeling in his stomach as he walked out to the mound for the third pitching change of the eighth. Hunter Strickland fell behind with two on, but he got Willson Contreras to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

---  Blach’s career numbers against the Cubs, including the postseason: 10 1/3 innings, 3 earned runs. The two relief appearances last October helped convince the staff he could make the transition. Turns out he’s pretty good against them as a starter, too. 

--- A perfect example of why Blach is so successful despite not having blow-you-away stuff came in the sixth. Albert Almora blooped a single to right and Blach alertly followed him to first, which had been vacated by Brandon Belt. Almora never imagined anyone was covering first, and when Justin Ruggiano threw behind the runner, Blach was there to catch the ball and fire it down to second to nab Almora, who had gone halfway. 

--- The Giants entered the night with a .351 slugging percentage, last in the Majors. John Lackey came in allowing opponents to slug .487, ninth-worst in the National League. Sometimes it’s all just too neat. The Giants had two homers and three doubles in five innings off Lackey. 

--- All three Giants homers were solo shots. That’s 18 solos in a row, three shy of the MLB record, held by the 2011 Giants.

Latest injury to Span has outfielder out of lineup again, in uncomfortable state

Latest injury to Span has outfielder out of lineup again, in uncomfortable state

CHICAGO -- Denard Span's first week off the DL showed what a game-changer he can be when healthy. Unfortunately for the Giants, he's no longer healthy. 

Span is out of the lineup Monday with a left thumb sprain and he's unlikely to be available Tuesday. Span has felt the discomfort for about a week and it got worse Sunday against the Cardinals.

"Yesterday was not fun. I got jammed the second at-bat and fouled a ball off and the rest of the game was bad," Span said, adding that hitting coach Hensley Meulens showed him video of his thumb instinctively coming off the bat during his later swings.

Span said his palm is swollen right near the thumb, and he was wearing a wrap on the area Monday. He is 13-for-43 with two homers and six RBI since coming off the DL, helping with the turnaround. Prior to the last homestand, Span missed 17 games with a shoulder injury.