Giants lineup is sans Belt again


Giants lineup is sans Belt again

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DENVER -- Say this much about Giants manager Bruce Bochy: He doesn't bend to public pressure when he writes out the lineup card.

Bochy's lineup for Wednesday's game at Coors Field is out, and so is Brandon Belt. It's the second consecutive game on the bench for Belt, who was 1 for 10 with five strikeouts in the season-opening series at Arizona. With lefty Jamie Moyer pitching for Colorado on Thursday, there's a pretty good chance Belt will be on the bench for that one, too.

Here's the lineup to face right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, the Rockies' opening-day starter:

CF Pagan
LF Cabrera
3B Sandoval
C Posey
1B Huff
RF Nate
SS Crawford
2B Burriss
P Lincecum

And the Rockies:
2B Scutaro
CF Fowler
LF Gonzalez
SS Tulowitzki
1B Helton
RF Cuddyer
C Hernandez
3B Nelson
P Guthrie

A couple thoughts before the clubhouse opens...

Bochy promised Nate Schierholtz a start in this series, and with Moyer going Thursday, this was the right game to pick. Plus I doubt Bochy wanted Huff patrolling the outfield here at Coors. Huff also had a good game on Monday, reaching base three times -- including two walks. Last season, Huff didn't have a two-walk game until May 12.

Bochy and GM Brian Sabean have pledged that Belt will get ample chances to establish himself in the big leagues. It's far too early to say they've abandoned that pledge. But that public pressure won't go away anytime soon.

In other news, Ryan Vogelsong pitched six innings Tuesday night for Triple-A Fresno at Las Vegas, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out six and threw 60 of 93 pitches for strikes.

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Vogelsong is on the schedule to come off the disabled list Sunday and face the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he'll oppose former Giant Kevin Correia.

The Pirates will send right-hander James McDonald against Matt Cain in Friday's home opener at AT&T Park. Pittsburgh still hasn't named a starter to oppose Barry Zito on Saturday.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”