Giants lineup: Schierholtz back, Pill in over Huff, Belt


Giants lineup: Schierholtz back, Pill in over Huff, Belt

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy has announced his lineup for Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise.
San Francisco Giants
Gregor Blanco, CF
Freddy Sanchez, DH
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Brett Pill, 1B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
Joaquin Arias, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Eli Whiteside, C
Emmanuel Burriss, LF
(Tim Lincecum, RHP)

Looks like Bruce Bochy decided to rest a few regulars for Monday's game to give some of the fringe players a chance to play.

Gregor Blanco gets the nod to play center lead off after starting in right field Sunday. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and his fifth stolen base of the spring and raised his Cactus League average to .474 in 19 at-bats.

After getting the day off Sunday, Freddy Sanchez is back in the lineup, but still won't play defense. Bruce Bochy had said on Friday that Sanchez could play second base for the first time this spring against the Royals, but later backtracked on Saturday. Bochy hopes Sanchez can return to defensive duties later this week.

With Nate Schierholtz back in the lineup, it appears his bruised hip is fine. Schierholtz said he sustained the minor injury in Saturday's game, but expected to be in the lineup against the Royals.

With Brett Pill at first base and Conor Gillaspie at third base, it means rest for Aubrey Huff, Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval. Pill sat out Sunday's game and is batting .292 with a home run and five RBIs in 24 at-bats. Gillaspie also didn't see action against the Seattle Mariners and is the owner of a .235 average in 17 at-bats.

Brandon Crawford is back in Bochy's lineup after raising his Cactus League average to .429 with two extra-base hits Saturday and resting on Sunday.

Emmanuel Burriss gets a rare outfield start. Without any minor league options remaining, Burriss needs to show his versatility by ranging between the infield and the outfield if he hopes to hang on to his roster spot.

Last but not least, Tim Lincecum will take the hill in Surprise for his third outing. Lincecum is off to his usual rough spring start, to the tune of a 13.50 ERA in four innings. Bochy will likely stretch him out and let his ace go four innings Monday.

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose


Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.