SAN FRANCISCO For the first time in more than a month,Giants manager Bruce Bochy was able to write his everybodys healthy lineup.
Well, maybe not as it applies to Freddy Sanchez. But leavehim aside for a moment.
Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval were reunitedin the starting nine for the first time since May 2. But those werent the onlyitems of note in the lineup against Astros left-hander J.A. Happ.
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Sandoval was hitting sixth for the first time this season.Its the lowest hes hit in the order since April 16 of last year, when he wasstill working himself back into the good graces of management after his weightballooned in 2010.
Bochy said he liked Pagan in the No. 5 spot and againstleft-handers, itll probably remain like this for the year. Bochy wouldntrule out batting Sandoval sixth against right-handers, too.
It could stay the same or I could tweak it a little bit,Bochy said.
The other major change had to do with Brandon Belt, who hithis first home run of the season on Tuesday and found himself in the lineupagainst a left-hander for just the second time this season. (He started againstClayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium on May 8.)
This will slay some longtime passengers on the Twitter-based freebelt express, but hereis Bochys explanation:
This will be good for him, facing a lefty today, Bochysaid. Hell benefit from more playing time. I really believe that.
While the Giants have worked with Belt to make adjustmentsthat will enable him to clear his hips and drive pitches, Bochy said they dontwant him trying to hit home runs. They just want to put him in a position to keep his bat in the zone longer and get the barrel more direct to the ball.
Im sure hell tell you he wasnt trying to hit a home runon that swing last night, Bochy said. It was a breaking ball and he took agood swing and it went out.
One other note: Bochy said he hasnt settled on a straightplatoon at shortstop, even though Joaquin Arias is in there for BrandonCrawford.