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May 5, 2013
Giants, Dodgers lineups: Pagan (hamstring) rests, Quiroz starts

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan is not in the Giants' lineup today against the Dodgers after he left last night's game with a right hamstring strain. Pagan, though, said the strain is "not bad" and he felt it would be a better idea to rest it rather than risk aggravating it. He said he'll get treatment today and is "very positive" he'll be in the lineup tomorrow.

Pagan said he tweaked the hamstring making a throw from center field on Matt Kemp's two-run single in the Dodgers' seven-run fifth inning last night. He stayed in for the rest of that inning and batted in the bottom of the fifth before being replaced in the leadoff spot by Francisco Peguero.

"I'd rather miss a couple of days than a couple of weeks or maybe a month," Pagan said. "That's something that obviously we don't want right now. We're playing pretty good and can't afford to lose anybody from the lineup. I was just trying to be smart and not to lose too much time out of the lineup."

Manager Bruce Bochy wasn't as certain about Pagan's availability for tomorrow, calling him "questionable." Andres Torres is batting leadoff and playing center tonight against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, with Francisco Peguero in left. Bochy reiterated that it's a "mild" strain but the Giants won't take any chances with their leadoff hitter.

"He won't be out there if this thing is bothering him at all," Bochy said. "We wouldn't risk that."

Bochy did say Pagan's uncertain status could affect whether the Giants carry 13 pitchers when Jean Machi returns tomorrow. If the Giants optioned a position player and didn't have Pagan available, they'd be reduced to a three-man bench, which Bochy said "makes you real short."

Peguero may have helped his own cause last night after coming in for Pagan, doubling to lead off the seventh inning and eventually scoring the tying run to make it 9-9. Bochy said it was an "impressive" first appearance by Peguero. "He's just getting better and better, this kid," Bochy said.

Walk-off hero Guillermo Quiroz is also in the lineup today, getting the start at catcher with Buster Posey playing first. Bochy, though, said he'd already told Posey he would get a day off from catching this series, so Quiroz was going to start this game even before he hit his first career walk-off home run in the 10th inning last night.

Here's the Giants' full lineup:

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

And the Dodgers' lineup against Cain:

LF Crawford
2B Punto
1B Gonzalez
CF Kemp
RF Ethier
C Ellis
3B Uribe
SS Gordon
P Ryu

After two days of Gonzalez being a late scratch with neck pain, it's probably fair to call that Dodgers lineup tentative until first pitch comes around with no changes.

A couple notes from last night's game:

* Eleven of the Giants' 18 wins this season have been of the comeback variety, which is the most in the majors. That includes every game on their current five-game winning streak.

* The last time the Giants hit walk-off home runs in back-to-back games was July 24-25, 2003, when Barry Bonds did it to beat the Diamondbacks and Pedro Feliz followed the next night with a game-winner against the Padres.

* This rivalry spans decades and both coasts, but before last night the Giants had never hit walk-off home runs in back-to-back games to beat the Dodgers -- ever.

-- 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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