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May 20, 2013
Giants, Nationals lineups: Pagan could be game-time call

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said center fielder Angel Pagan is feeling better after leaving Sunday's game in the fifth inning with the flu, but could still be a game-time decision tonight depending on how he feels after batting practice. Pagan is in the lineup right now. If he can't go, it'll be Andres Torres in center.

Here's the Giants' lineup tonight for their series opener against the Nationals:

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

And the Nationals' lineup against Vogelsong:

CF Span
2B Lombardozzi
RF Harper
3B Zimmerman
1B LaRoche
SS Desmond
LF Bernadina
C Solano
P Duke

* Bochy said he and third baseman Pablo Sandoval are also feeling a little under the weather. That's the last thing the Giants need after their 1-5 road trip is to bring the flu home with them, but Bochy said as far as he knows nobody else is feeling it. Also, Sandoval bounded into the clubhouse with what can really only be described as a whoop while it was open to media, so if he is sick it hasn't dampened his spirits any.

* Bochy said Nick Noonan is still "pretty sore" in the collarbone area after taking a knee to the face covering second base on a pickoff play yesterday, but that he thinks Noonan loosened up after some treatment.

* The Giants' starting pitching struggles on their trip were well-documented -- the rotation allowed 42 runs in six games to see its ERA rise a full half of a run from 3.71 to 4.21 -- and Bochy said the issues have mostly been with command.

"We're just making too many mistakes," Bochy said. "They know it. It's pretty evident, you look at the numbers -- the mistakes that we're not accustomed to making as a staff.

"It's a long season and you're going to have (tough stretches). Now it's up to us to hopefully get on track."

* That starts tonight with Ryan Vogelsong, who comes in with an 8.06 ERA in his eight starts, the highest among qualifying major-league pitchers. Duke, the Nationals lefty, has pitched just 15 innings all in relief this season -- otherwise his 8.40 ERA would trump Vogelsong.

According to Elias, this will be the first game in which both starting pitchers have an ERA above 8.00 since Sept. 5, 2010, when the Nationals' Jason Marquis (8.13) dueled the Pirates' Charlie Morton (10.03).

-- 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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