Bochy goes with Theriot's history; Crawford eighth for now

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Bochy goes with Theriot's history; Crawford eighth for now

PHOENIX Ryan Theriot only has three hits in nine careerat-bats against Ian Kennedy, Arizonas opening day starter.

Thats a virtual goldmine to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy went with Theriot at second base in his opening daylineup, knowing the Giants needed every hit they could muster against Kennedy.The right-hander had the Giants neatly pressed last season while going 3-0 witha 1.22 ERA in five starts against them.

Bochy spoiled the idea of an all-homegrown infield, whichthe Giants wouldve had for the first time since 1993 if Emmanuel Burriss hadstarted.

Dont think that didnt cross my mind, Bochy said. Theyreall going to play.

Only two Giants have more hits against Kennedy than Theriot: Aubrey Huff is 10 for 27 (.370) with a home run and Pablo Sandoval is 5 for 24 (.208).

Bochy said he liked the way Theriot took his cuts in hislast spring training game. Burriss had the superior spring, but ended it with a2 for 28 slump.

Bochy also explained that he still wants shortstop BrandonCrawford to be his No.7 hitter, but he penciled him in the eighth spot foropening day because he had missed time with a sprained left thumb.

I want him to get his timing again, Bochy said. I would liketo make that move (to seventh) soon.

Crawford had an MRI exam that confirmed there was a sprainbut no major ligament damage after he jammed his thumb while fielding a groundball on Monday. He said hes able to swing the bat without a problem.

Is he wearing any special protection for the opener?

Yeah, three of them, he said, then excitedly showed offthree different Neoprene guards that hell wear when baserunning, hitting andfielding.

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer to cap San Diego's eight-run sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

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With the Giants shuffling players around, Eduardo Nunez finds himself manning right field Saturday evening against the Padres.

San Diego Padres:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Erick Aybar (S) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) RF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P