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May 10, 2013
Giants, Braves lineups: Belt sixth, Torres in against righty

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt is back in the sixth spot tonight against Braves right-hander Tim Hudson and, in a bit of a shake-up of the Giants' normal left-field platoon, Andres Torres is starting over Gregor Blanco.

Blanco has been getting the bulk of starts against righties. But Torres' numbers are actually better this season hitting left-handed against righties (.764 OPS, four extra-base hits) than vice versa (.587 OPS, one extra-base hit). Torres is also having a pretty good homestand -- 5-for-12 with a solo home run.

Here's the full Giants lineup against the Braves tonight and right-hander Tim Hudson, whom the Giants haven't beaten since April 8, 2006 (he's 6-0 with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts against the Giants since):

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

And the Braves (whose 48 home runs lead the National League) against Cain (whose nine home runs allowed this season are tied for second-most in the league):

RF Schafer
SS Simmons
LF J. Upton
3B Francisco
1B Freeman
2B Uggla
C McCann
CF B.J. Upton
P Hudson

Cain earned his first win of the season in his last outing against the Dodgers. Cain has a 0.68 ERA in 13 1/3 innings against the Dodgers this year and a 7.85 ERA in 28 2/3 innings against everybody else.

-- 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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