Game 4 lineups: Theriot at DH, Laird replaces Avila


Game 4 lineups: Theriot at DH, Laird replaces Avila

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

Recently released Giants pitcher signs with Braves

Recently released Giants pitcher signs with Braves

Reliever David Hernandez wasn't out of work very long.

Just two days after being granted his release by the Giants, the veteran right-hander agreed to a deal with the Braves.

Atlanta announced the deal on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Hernandez was due a $100,000 retention bonus if he was still with the Giants on March 28. But the Giants informed him that he would not be making the Opening Day roster, so he asked to be released so he could pursue other opportunities.

In six games this spring, Hernandez allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings.


Ex-Giants pitcher doesn't make Mariners rotation, optioned to Triple-A

Ex-Giants pitcher doesn't make Mariners rotation, optioned to Triple-A

Chris Heston's bid to make the Mariners' Opening Day rotation came up short.

The former Giants pitcher was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday morning, Seattle announced.

Traded by San Francisco to Seattle in December, Heston struggled in his first spring with the Mariners. The 28-year-old allowed 14 hits and nine earned runs in 11.2 innings over five appearances.

Heston, who was a major part of the Giants rotation in 2015, pitched in 38 games over three seasons in San Francisco. He compiled a 4.16 ERA and struck out 148 batters in 188 innings.

The highlight of Heston's time with the Giants came on June 9, 2015 when he no-hit the the Mets in New York. He struck out 11 and walked none, but hit three batters.

In addtion to Heston, the Mariners also re-assigned former Giants reliever Jean Machi and former A's pitcher Cody Martin.