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June 23, 2013
Giants pre-game: Gaudin still a 'question mark' for Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO -- A welcome sight for the Giants this morning was that of Pablo Sandoval walking into the clubhouse with his bags packed for the upcoming three-city road trip. Sandoval, who went 3-for-3 with a home run in his second rehab game with Single-A San Jose last night, can come off the disabled list tomorrow for the Giants' opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It's going to be good to have him going down to L.A. with us and putting him in the lineup," manager Bruce Bochy said. "This lineup needs a little shot in the arm right now and his presence will help."

Since arriving in Atlanta on June 14, the Giants have averaged 3.2 runs in their last nine games, in which they're 4-5. They also haven't hit a home run since Gregor Blanco led off the opener of that Braves series with a homer, a stretch of 84 innings. That clearly won't last forever, but Bochy acknowledged the lack of power is "part of who we are."

Right now the bigger question for the Giants is who will be pitching for them Tuesday. Chad Gaudin is scheduled to throw his bullpen today, but Bochy said Gaudin was still pretty sore yesterday from the line drive he took off his pitching arm in his last start.

"To be honest, he's a question mark," Bochy said.

Gaudin doesn't necessarily have to throw a bullpen today to make the start Tuesday. But if he can't go, Bochy said, the Giants will have to make a roster move to recall Michael Kickham from Triple-A. "That's what we're talking about right now," Bochy said.

No question marks about who's throwing today -- Matt Cain, in whose last 10 starts the Giants are 8-2. Here's the Giants' lineup behind Cain on an overcast day at AT&T Park, including Andres Torres, who returns from his knee contusion:

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

And the Marlins' lineup against Cain:

LF Ruggiano
3B Lucas
RF Stanton
1B Morrison
CF Ozuna
C Brantley
SS Hechavarria
2B Dietrich
P Eovaldi

* Bochy said Sergio Romo is available to close today despite throwing 1 2/3 innings in the Giants' 11-inning win yesterday. Romo got his five outs economically and entered the game rested. Bochy said he would like to stay away from Sandy Rosario, who also threw 1 2/3 innings yesterday and earned the win, but Rosario could be called upon if needed.

* Santiago Casilla is expected to throw to hitters in Los Angeles, Bochy said. A rehab appearance of at least two games would follow and, if all goes well, Bochy said Casilla could rejoin the Giants by the end of the road trip.

"He's really excited about how his knee feels," Bochy said. "The good thing about Santiago is the arm was never an issue. It's good, it's fresh."

* Angel Pagan said he expects to get the second opinion on his left hamstring while in Los Angeles.

* Another indication of why Bochy is confident replacing Pagan with Blanco in the leadoff spot right now: Blanco is hitting .366 in June, which ranks as the sixth-highest average in the National League. Blanco's .408 on-base percentage ranks 10th.

* Eovaldi is making just his second start for the Marlins since coming back from right shoulder inflammation. The right-hander does have one previous start against the Giants -- last year, as a member fo the Dodgers. The Giants roughed him up for eight runs on 10 hits in five innings.

-- 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.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
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