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May 12, 2013
Sunday lineups: Regulars in as Giants go for series win

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's Mother's Day and breast cancer awareness day at AT&T Park, which means you'll probably be seeing a lot of pink on the field today. Players have the option of using pink bats and augmenting their uniforms with pink armbands, etc. On one end of the spectrum there's reliever George Kontos, who said as a "creature of habit" he likely won't be changing his normal game-day attire too much. On the other is Pablo Sandoval, who before the game was wearing pink cleats, preparing to swing the pink bat and had pink stickers on his fingernails.

Sandoval's right forearm, by the way, which he had X-rayed after being hit by a pitch in yesterday's game, feels "good," he said and isn't anything that will keep him out of the lineup. Sandoval is playing third and batting third against Braves righty Kris Medlen. Sandoval has four career at-bats against Medlen and is 3-for-4 with a home run.

Here's the full Giants' lineup, all regulars with the off-day tomorrow:

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

And the Braves' lineup against Lincecum:

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

* Manager Bruce Bochy said reliever Santiago Casilla is doing "a lot better" but probably won't be available today. Casilla is wearing a brace on his right knee and should be ready to go Tuesday in Toronto, Bochy said.

* The Giants' two-game trip to Toronto will put them on a field with Melky Cabrera for the first time since Cabrera's drug suspension last year. Bochy said he plans to talk with Cabrera and present Cabrera with his World Series ring.

"I'm glad for him," Bochy said. "It's worked out, he's got a team and he seems to be happy to be there."

Cabrera hit .346 in 113 games for the Giants last season before his suspension in August. His 50-game suspension ended during the playoffs, but the Giants chose not to bring him back then or over the offseason. Cabrera signed a two-year deal with the Blue Jays in November and is batting .261 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 38 games for Toronto.

Bochy said he hadn't given a lot of thought to what he'll say to Cabrera.

"I'll talk to him," Bochy said. "I'm appreciative of his being here and playing hard every day. What's happened, happened and that's behind us. I do know he's a good person and he was a good teammate, and I'll thank him for that."

Sandoval said he'll also say hello to Cabrera.

"For sure, why not?" Sandoval said. "He was a great teammate, great guy."

* Bochy said he's grateful for the chance today to honor his late mother, Melrose, who died in 2007. Bochy, whose father was in the Army, said his mom "played a big part in my baseball life" along with raising him.

"My father being in the service was gone quite a bit, and she would get out there and play ball with us," Bochy said. "She actually coached the little league team a little bit. She had to deal with polio and yet she still got out there and ran around with us and threw batting practice to us, so this is a day I'll be thankful for having such a great mom."

* If the Giants win today, it would be the first time in more than a year they'll have won a series against an N.L. East team at AT&T Park. The last was April 16-18 last season in a three-game series against the Phillies -- they've tied or lost their last five chances.

-- 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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