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March 30, 2013
Giants announce opening day roster

OAKLAND -- The Giants announced their opening day roster this evening, opting to proceed with three catchers rather than five outfielders and including third baseman Pablo Sandoval as an active member.

In finalizing the club, the Giants purchased the contract of catcher Guillermo Quiroz and reassigned outfielder Cole Gillespie to minor-league camp. Gillespie will report to Triple-A Fresno.

Sandoval, who has been nursing a sore right elbow, and catcher Hector Sanchez (shoulder) are both on the active roster.

Sandoval did not play in the Giants' final exhibition game against the A's a day after experiencing discomfort in the elbow. But manager Bruce Bochy said before the game that Sandoval "felt good" and that he was "optimistic" Sandoval will be available Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sandoval took batting practice, fielded grounders and threw across the diamond before the game. Bochy said one option is using Sandoval off the bench for the first few games if necessary, and that that decision could "go down to the wire."

Sanchez, meanwhile, caught six innings in an extended spring training game and was going to be re-evaluated before likely joining the Giants in Los Angeles. The decision to add Quiroz to the 25-man roster gives the Giants another option behind Buster Posey.

Quiroz, the 31-year-old who has played for five major-league teams, punctuated his case Saturday with a three-run homer in the seventh off A's right-hander Bartolo Colon.

The Giants will open with four outfielders in Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence and the left-field platoon of Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres. Both Blanco and Torres have played all three outfield positions for the Giants in the past.

The Giants had announced late Friday night the addition of Nick Noonan to the roster as a utility infielder.

Right-handed reliever Chad Gaudin, whose contract was purchased March 26, is the lone member of the 12-man pitching staff who was not on the World Series roster a year ago.

The complete roster breakdown:

Pitchers (12)
Jeremy Affeldt
Madison Bumgarner
Matt Cain
Santiago Casilla
Chad Gaudin
George Kontos
Tim Lincecum
Javier Lopez
Jose Mijares
Sergio Romo
Ryan Vogelsong
Barry Zito

Catchers (3)
Buster Posey
Guillermo Quiroz
Hector Sanchez

Infielders (6)
Joaquin Arias
Brandon Belt
Brandon Crawford
Nick Noonan
Pablo Sandoval
Marco Scutaro

Gregor Blanco
Angel Pagan
Hunter Pence
Andres Torres

* Ryan Vogelsong's spring ended with a rough outing against the A's, which was OK with him. Vogelsong, who allowed four runs on six hits in five innings, said that after being ahead of hitters for much of the spring, he didn't mind a bad start to show him what he needs to adjust before facing the Cardinals next week.

Yoenis Céspedes delivered the big blow against Vogelsong with a three-run homer in the third on a changeup. It was the sixth of the spring for Céspedes, who also took Tim Lincecum deep on Thursday.

"I don't think he got it really good," Vogelsong said. "But he's so strong he got enough of it to put it over the fence."

* In an odd moment, Gaudin pinch hit for designated hitter Buster Posey in the fourth inning. Bochy later explained that as a long relief man, Gaudin may have occasion to bat at some point this season.

A career 1-for-40 hitter in the majors, Gaudin struck out.

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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