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Nick Vincent to be used by Giants as opener vs. Blue Jays on Tuesday

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Nick Vincent to be used by Giants as opener vs. Blue Jays on Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Farhan Zaidi made waves at the Winter Meetings in December when he told a group of beat writers that the Giants could use an opener during the upcoming season. Just 41 games into the Zaidi era, the Giants will actually try it. 

Nick Vincent will start Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Monday. Vincent has served as the bullpen's de facto long reliever this season, but he has not recorded more than nine outs in an appearance. Vincent has made 366 appearances in his career but started just once, going two innings last season as the Seattle Mariners tried the opener. 

The Giants originally had slated Tyler Beede to start Tuesday's game, but they now are listing Vincent and leaving Wednesday open. Beede could in theory pitch the bulk of Tuesday's game, although openers traditionally have been used to exploit platoons, so lefty Derek Holland, recently moved to the bullpen, could be a better fit to carry a heavy load Tuesday. 

Regardless of the order, it's clear why the Giants are trying this. They have allowed 42 runs in the first inning this season, consistently falling behind in games. They also are 17-23, and a clubhouse that includes several pitchers who have publicly railed against the idea of an opener really does not have a leg to stand on. 

The strategy, popularized by the Rays last year and followed by others, is designed to exploit platoons and limit a starting pitcher's exposure. The Giants have considered using one all season -- and nearly did when Ty Blach was called up for the Dodgers series last homestand -- and Zaidi said Sunday that the team needed to more heavily lean on the bullpen, which has been the strength. Vincent, the first opener, has a 2.25 ERA in his 14 appearances. 

At those Meetings in December, Zaidi explained why he was so intrigued by the concept of mixing it up. The Giants have internally discussed several options to bolster their staff, going beyond traditional openers.

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"Once you get away from 'this guy is going to throw the first six innings of the game,' it opens up a lot of stuff," Zaidi said in December. "Even with an opener, is an opener a one-inning guy, a two-inning guy, a three-inning guy? Again, I think the more versatile your pitching staff is and the more kind of multi-inning guys you have, the more kinds of ways you can get through (games)."

Drew Pomeranz was thinking 'attack' in historic effort in Giants' loss

Drew Pomeranz was thinking 'attack' in historic effort in Giants' loss

Drew Pomeranz had a career night Monday at Oracle Park. Unfortunately for the Giants starter, he still came away with his eighth loss of the season.

In five innings pitched, Pomeranz matched a career high with 11 strikeouts. It's the third time in his nine-year career that he's struck out that many batters in a game.

But that's not even the best stat regarding Pomeranz's 11 strikeouts against the Rockies.

That's right. Pomeranz did something that no other Giants pitcher had accomplished in 126 years.

"I was just thinking attack," Pomeranz told the media after the Giants' 2-0 loss to the Rockies. "Didn't want to walk guys, even though I did walk guys. Some of the other guys had three-pitch strikeouts, so that helps balance things out."

Pomeranz walked just two batters. He pitched well enough to win, but his one mistake — a two-run homer allowed to Rockies outfielder David Dahl — cost him.

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"He had good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the media. "His curveball got better as he went. Had a good fastball going tonight, good life on it, and I think it showed on the strikeouts."

Rockies vs. Giants lineups: Red-hot Alex Dickerson batting second

Rockies vs. Giants lineups: Red-hot Alex Dickerson batting second

Giants fans at Oracle Park on Monday night will get an early look at Alex Dickerson.

As the team returns to San Francisco from a seven-game road trip, Dickerson will be batting second in the lineup against Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies.

Dickerson joined the Giants on Friday in Arizona and went 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI in the three-game series. He batted seventh in all three games.

Giants starter Drew Pomeranz takes his 7.09 ERA to the mound and will look to bounce back from a rough outing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

First pitch for Rockies-Giants is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT, with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

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Here are the full Rockies-Giants lineups:

Colorado Rockies (40-37)
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
2. David Dahl (L) CF
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
5. Ryan McMahon (L) 2B
6. Raimel Tapia (L) LF
7. Pat Valaika (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Jon Gray (R) P (7-5, 4.18)

San Francisco Giants (33-43)
1. Mike Yastrzemski (L) RF
2. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 1B
5. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
6. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Donovan Solano (R) SS
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P (2-7, 7.09 ERA)