Giants lineup: Posey catching, Belt in RF, no DH


Giants lineup: Posey catching, Belt in RF, no DH

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy has announced his lineupfor the Giants home game against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale StadiumTuesday.San Francisco GiantsAngel Pagan, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Buster Posey, C
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Brandon Belt, RF
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Madison Bumgarner, LHPThis is as close to what may be Bruce Bochys Opening Daylineup as weve seen so far in Cactus League play.

The only potential changes I can think of would be Freddy Sanchez starting atsecond base, assuming hes healthy and ready to go, and Nate Schierholtz inright field over Brandon Belt, who will either be on the bench or in Triple-A. Ofcourse, Tim Lincecum will be on the bump instead of Madison Bumgarner as well.Buster Posey is in his usual spot, catching and battingcleanup, and is scheduled to catch four innings. Bochy said Monday that Poseywill get the nod to DH in Wednesdays game.Other than Brandon Crawford, every played in Bochysstarting lineup got the day off Monday against the Kansas City Royals inSurprise.Aftey a flurry of transactions cut down the Giants spring roster, Bochy cangive his projected starters and players fighting for a big-league job moreopportunities to see game action.Nate Schierholtz is not in the lineup after playing Monday. He is nursing abruised hip that does not appear to be serious.Mike Fontenot expected to play against the Cubs after missing time with a groininjury, but is not in the starting lineup or on Bochys extras list. Check back after the game for updates on Fontenot andSchierholtz from Bochy.The only other interesting aspect of Tuesdays lineup is the noticeable absenceof a designated hitter. Bumgarner will get his hacks in at the plate inaddition to what will likely be four innings of work.

Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series


Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series

World Series ace Jon Lester is all set to start Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs.

Lester will be fully rested when he pitches Tuesday night at Cleveland. Corey Kluber will start for the Indians.

The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.

Lester is 3-0 in three starts in the World Series with a sparkling 0.43 ERA. He helped the Boston Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is "really, really in the moment" right now.


Indians ace Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he will go with Kluber, an 18-ame winner during the regular season, in the opener on Tuesday night. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his first postseason.

Francona has right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively. The order could change depending on how Bauer's injured right pinkie heals over the next few days.

Bauer's start in the AL Championship Series lasted less than one inning after his pinkie began bleeding against Toronto. He injured his finger when he sliced it open while repairing a drone.

Also, injured starter Danny Salazar could be available against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness but he's made major progress in the past week and could be on the World Series roster.

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

Two quick runs off the best pitcher on the planet on Saturday night afforded the Cubs exactly what they needed to snap a 71-year-old drought.

Already confident after consecutive offensive outbursts in the previous two games, a two-run first inning against Clayton Kershaw had Cubs hitters in a positive frame of mind.

They rode the surprising rally and a dominant performance by Kyle Hendricks to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The win earned the Cubs their first NL pennant since 1945 and on Tuesday night they’ll seek their first World Series title since 1908 when they face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1.

“It’s huge for the confidence, the positive momentum from LA, to carry over back home,” left fielder Ben Zobrist said. “Those were the biggest moments in the game early on to help everybody keep pushing and that we got this thing -- that we’re in charge of the game early. That’s a huge momentum builder.”

The Cubs did a little bit of everything in the first inning against Kershaw, who dominated them for seven scoreless frames in a 1-0 Dodgers victory in Game 2 on Sunday night. Some hitters took a more aggressive approach against the three-time NL Cy Young winner while others remained patient. The one constant throughout the 30-pitch frame was that Cubs hitters took advantage whenever Kershaw made a mistake.