Giants Opening Day lineups: Belt benched?


Giants Opening Day lineups: Belt benched?

Manager Bruce Bochy has posted his lineups for today's home opener, and once again Brandon Belt finds himself on the bench. Here's the way it looks against Pirates right-handed starter James McDonald:
Pagan CF
Cabrera LF
Sandoval 3B
Posey C
Huff 1B
Schierholtz RF
Crawford SS
Burriss 2B
Cain SPNotable changes from yesterday's lineup in Colorado include Emmanuel Burriss at second base (Ryan Theriot) and hitting eighth; Brandon Crawford will start at SS but move up a tick to the seventh spot in the lineup. Aubrey Huff is back in the lineup after Thursday's day off, and he replaces Brett Pill at first base.
So where does that leave Brandon Belt? Benched, it appears.
Belt has now been left off four-straight starting lineup cards penned by manager Bruce Bochy, this after multiple assurances Belt would be back in there after a poor opening series (just 1 for 10) in Arizona. He had just one at-bat in the Colorado series.
Bochy and GM Brian Sabean have pledged that Brandon Belt will get ample chances to establish himself in the big leagues, but at this point, it's looking more and more like the Giants are actually taking a different approach.More to come.Here are the Pirates' starters for today's game:Presley LF,
Walker 2B,
McCutchen, CF
McGehee 1B
Jones RF
Barajas C
Alvarez 3B
Harrison SS
McDonald RHP
Giants Insider Andy Baggarly contributed to this report

Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning in support of starter Jeff Samardzija, who threw seven strong innings in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez doubled to lead off the seventh for the Giants, who won their second straight and third of five. Denard Span sacrificed him to third and Belt drove a ball to left field that Starling Marte seemed to have trouble finding. It fell in front of him, allowing Gomez to score.

Adam Frazier drove in a run for the Pirates, who lost their fourth in five following a six-game winning streak.

Samardzija (5-11) allowed a run and four hits, striking out eight and walking two in winning for the first time since July 2. He had allowed 12 runs in his previous 10 1/3 innings.

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez's stint with the San Francisco Giants lasted just under a year.

After the Giants acquired the infielder from the Twins on July 28, 2016, they shipped him off to Boston for two minor league pitchers on July 25, 2017.

On Wednesday, the day after Nuñez was traded mid-game, he went to Instagram to thank the Giants' organization and the fans for his year in San Francisco. 

Between the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, Nuñez slashed .293./331/.417 and swiped 31 bags. 

The Giants and his teammates also took to social media to thank Nuñez for his time.