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August 25, 2013
Giants, Pirates lineups: Affeldt to begin rehab assignment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt came out of yesterday's mound throwing session "fine" and is heading to Arizona to begin his rehab throwing schedule, manager Bruce Bochy said. Affeldt will throw a bullpen session Monday, followed by a couple more in Arizona if the first goes well, with the Giants tentatively planning to have him join them in San Diego and face hitters in a simulated game there.

"Hopefully he's ready after that," Bochy said.

Bochy said Matt Cain will also begin rehabbing in Arizona with Affeldt, but there's no throwing schedule for Cain, who was struck on the throwing arm by a line drive in his last start and placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Meanwhile, outfielder Angel Pagan played all nine innings at Triple-A Fresno last night, going 1-for-4, and is on track to be activated Sept. 1.

"He's passed all the tests," Bochy said.

* The Giants' lineup for their series finale against Pittsburgh on what's shaping up to be a beautiful afternoon in San Francisco:

CF Blanco
SS Crawford
C Posey
1B Belt
RF Pence
3B Sandoval
LF Kieschnick
2B Arias
P Vogelsong

And the Pirates' lineup against Vogelsong:

LF Tabata
2B Walker
CF McCutchen
3B Alvarez
C Martin
1B Jones
RF Lambo
SS Merceer
P Burnett

* Arias starts at second base for Marco Scutaro, whom Bochy said will be getting a lot of the remaining day games off as he continues to deal with back pain.

* Brandon Belt makes his second career start in the cleanup spot. The first one worked out well -- Belt went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run. Bochy said in today's case, he wanted to break up the three lefties at the top of the lineup.

* Roger Kieschnick gets the start in left today, but Bochy said he's interested in seeing more of Brett Pill out there. Pill started Saturday and only had one ball hit to him -- a sinking liner from pitcher Francisco Liriano that Pill took a weaving route to but caught. "He made that a little bit of an adventure," Bochy said.

Bochy said he also needs to get Francisco Peguero some playing time soon, and that that could happen while the Giants are in Colorado.

* Burnett has been pretty tough on the Giants in his career -- in eight starts, he's 6-2 with a 1.95 ERA, allowing two or fewer earned runs in all but one outing. The Giants haven't yet seen Burnett this year, in which he's 6-8 with a 3.09 ERA.

-- 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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