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July 20, 2013
Giants, D-Backs lineups: Vogelsong throws to hitters

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong just got done throwing to hitters for the first time since fracturing his pitching hand in May. Vogelsong threw 35 pitches off the AT&T Park mound, including several warm-up tosses, mixed in all his pitches out of the windup and stretch and said he came out of it feeling no discomfort.

That followed 40 pitches in the bullpen. Vogelsong compared the simulated innings -- he went through six "at-bats," with Gregor Blanco and coaches Roberto Kelly and Shawon Dunston as the hitters -- to the early stages of spring training.

"You get a hitter in there and try to do a little too much the first time," Vogelsong said. "I threw some pitches I wasn't happy with, but there was a lot that I was happy with.

"I took out of it what I needed to take out of it, felt some things that I was doing wrong, and came out of it feeling good. My hand feels good, my arm feels good."

None of the three batters hit a ball particularly hard off Vogelsong. Dunston joked he wasn't going to swing so as not to make Vogelsong look bad, then whiffed hard when Vogelsong threw him a first-pitch curveball in his first at-bat. Smiles all around.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Vogelsong "looked good" and if all goes well, the next step for the right-hander will be starting a rehab assignment in Arizona next Tuesday. Bochy said Vogelsong would pitch in a rookie league game on Tuesday, followed by a rehab assignment starting at Single-A San Jose.

Beyond that, the tentative schedule is Vogelsong would go with the Giants on their road trip to Philadelphia and then join the Double-A Richmond affiliate for one or two rehab starts, working his way up to 80 or 85 pitches.

"That puts him around, if all goes well, August 9 or 10," Bochy said.

Meanwhile, Bochy said the Giants have not yet decided on a starter for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Reds (Barry Zito will start one of the games). In about 90 minutes, Matt Cain takes the mound for the first time since the shortest outing of his career 10 days ago. Cain hasn't gotten out of the third inning in either of his last two starts and has a 5.94 ERA at home, a striking number that is actually the highest home ERA among qualifying major-league pitchers. Cain has faced Arizona three times already this season but has no decisions (eight runs allowed in 19 innings).

Here's the Giants lineup against left-hander Wade Miley:

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

And the Diamondbacks lineup against Cain:

CF Eaton
RF Parra
1B Goldschmidt
2B Hill
C Montero
3B Prado
LF Ross
SS Pennington
P Miley

* Bochy said Posey is playing first base because tomorrow is a day game after a night game and he wants to make sure Posey is in the lineup for all three games.

* Brandon Crawford had a wrap on his left foot this afternoon and said the foot is still sore after he was stepped on by Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell last night. Crawford took ground balls during batting practice and Bochy said he hopes Crawford would be available late in tonight's game if necessary, but should be considered day-to-day.

* A good note from the Giants' pre-game stuff: Last night's 2-0 win marked the first time since June 19, 2006 that the Giants won a game in which they didn't score after the first inning. Another notch in the case for Chad Gaudin as starter.

-- 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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