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April 1, 2013
Sandoval in Giants' opening day lineup against Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Pablo Sandoval is a go for the Giants' opening game today against the Dodgers. Sandoval is in the lineup batting third and playing third base, meaning his right elbow is feeling up to playing. It might help that the Giants are facing a lefty in Clayton Kershaw, which means Sandoval will be batting right-handed -- the side that's been less affected by the elbow pain.

That's welcome news for the Giants. Sandoval is 8-for-29 in his career against Kershaw with six RBIs. No other current Giant has more than six career hits against Kershaw, though Marco Scutaro is 5-for-10 in his career.

Here's the lineup the Giants will run out against Kershaw. Happy opening day:

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

And the Dodgers
Crawford LF
M. Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Sellers SS
Kershaw P

-- 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.
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On Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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