Game 4 lineups: Theriot at DH, Laird replaces Avila

October 28, 2012, 9:31 pm
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Managers Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland have announced their lineups for Game 4 of the World Series between the Giants and Tigers.

After Hector Sanchez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as DH in Game 3, Bochy said he went with Ryan Theriot because of his contact skills going up against a power pitcher in Max Scherzer, who has struck out 18 in 11 postseason innings.

Even though right-handers hit .201 against Scherzer and lefties were .292 in the regular season, Bochy said he liked Theriot's at-bats against right-handers and he clearly has little faith in Sanchez or Aubrey Huff.

Also, Bochy said he would check with Tim Lincecum in batting practice but would prefer to stay away from using him in Game 4.

"This is a little uncharted territory the way we're using him," Bochy said.
San Francisco Giants

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
8. Ryan Theriot (R) DH
9. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

On the Detroit side, catcher Alex Avila is dealing with a wrist injury he sustained in Game 1 so Leyland decided to start Gerald Laird behind the dish.
Detroit Tigers
1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Quintin Berry (L) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Andy Dirks (L) RF
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Omar Infante (R) 2B
9. Gerald Laird (R) C

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