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April 19, 2013
Giants, Padres lineups: Bumgarner as stopper, get here early

SAN FRANCISCO -- Fresh off his Miller Park romp in which he went 7-for-12 with two home runs in three games against the Brewers, shortstop Brandon Crawford slots sixth in the Giants' lineup tonight against the Padres with Buster Posey returning to the cleanup spot. Brandon Belt is seventh, followed by Gregor Blanco.

Crawford may be sad to leave Milwaukee. The rest of the Giants couldn't get out of there fast enough. It falls to Madison Bumgarner tonight to halt the Giants' three-game losing streak. It's a role the lefty knows well. Bumgarner made 20 of his 32 starts last season on the heels of a Giants loss (most on the staff by six) and went 10-6 in those games, while the Giants were 12-8.

So far this season, due to Matt Cain's struggles and Clayton Kershaw's dominance on opening day, all three of Bumgarner's starts have come after a loss. He's 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA. So the Giants must feel like they have the right guy going.

Here's the Giants lineup that will face Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez tonight:

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Pence
SS Crawford
1B Belt
LF Blanco
P Bumgarner

And here's the Padres' lineup against Bumgarner:

CF Denorfia
SS Cabrera
3B Headley
LF Guzman
1B Alonso
2B Gyorko
RF Blanks
C Hundley
P Volquez

* Volquez is 0-3 with an 11.68 ERA and has made it past the fourth inning in only one of his three starts, two of which have come against the Rockies. He faced the Giants twice last season and didn't factor into the decision either time, allowing four runs in 11 innings.

* You've probably heard the Giants gave up a few home runs on their road trip -- 15, including three in four of the seven games. They've given up 18 homers total on the season. One of the two National League staffs that has given up more will be in the other dugout tonight -- the Padres and Reds are tied for the league lead with 21 allowed.

* The Giants are encouraging fans to arrive at AT&T Park early tonight and this weekend in light of extra security measures being taken before games. That includes mandatory bag inspections and wanding at all gates. Gates open two hours before the game. First pitch tonight is 7:15 p.m., tomorrow is 6:05 p.m. and Sunday is 1:05 p.m.

-- Matt Kawahara

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About Bay Area Baseball

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.
Phone: (916) 321-1015.
On Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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