Giants notes: Intriguing matchup of managers

Giants notes: Intriguing matchup of managers
April 8, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss served as a minor league instructor and scout for the Rockies after retiring as a player in 2000. (USA TODAY IMAGES0

SAN FRANCISCO – This Giants-Rockies series presents an intriguing matchup of managers.

In one dugout, there’s San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy, in his 19th season running a big league club and coming off his second World Series championship in three seasons.

Across the field is Walt Weiss, the former A’s shortstop who’s in his first season as Colorado’s manager and one year removed from coaching high school baseball.

Bochy expects Weiss, who had served as a minor league instructor and scout for the Rockies after retiring as a player in 2000, to make the adjustments necessary to succeed in his new position. Weiss is working on a one-year contract.

“The guys know him, he knows them,” Bochy said before Monday’s series opener. “I think it’s going to be an easy transition for him.”

Weiss spent last season coaching Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.

Among the members of Weiss’ Colorado staff: hitting coach and former Rockies star outfielder Dante Bichette, and former major league manager (and A’s assistant coach) Rene Lachemann.

- Hector Sanchez is expected to catch Tim Lincecum on Tuesday for the second straight time to start the season.

Lincecum walked seven in his first start of 2013 against the Dodgers but allowed just two unearned runs over five innings and got the victory.

Sanchez was behind the plate for 16 of Lincecum’s 33 starts last season, in which the right-hander compiled a 4.87 ERA. Lincecum posted a 5.46 ERA in 15 starts with Buster Posey catching.

“Any time I get (an opportunity) I have to try to be prepared for that situation,” Sanchez said. “I know how he likes to work, what pitches he likes to call in a situation.”

- Bochy thought lefty reliever Javier Lopez looked good Sunday despite allowing two runs (both unearned) and giving up two hits in one inning of work against St. Louis. Lopez has allowed five hits and three runs in 1 2/3 innings so far, though just one of those runs was earned.

“I thought he had a good outing yesterday,” Bochy said.