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August 24, 2013
Giants, Pirates lineups: Belt, Crawford rest against Liriano

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandons Belt and Crawford are both getting a day off against Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano, who has been extremely tough against left-handed hitters this season. Liriano, the former Minnesota Twin and Giants farmhand, is holding lefties to a .137 average during a resurgent season in which he is 14-5 with a 2.53 ERA for the Pirates. Liriano went 6-12 in 28 starts for the Twins and White Sox in 2012.

That means Joaquin Arias at shortstop and Buster Posey at first tonight, with Hector Sanchez doing the catching. Gregor Blanco is the lone lefty in the lineup (aside from Tim Lincecum) -- Bochy said he considered starting Francisco Peguero in center but, with Brett Pill getting the start in left field, that would have been too much inexperience in the outfield behind Lincecum.

Here's the full Giants lineup against Liriano:

2B Scutaro
SS Arias
1B Posey
RF Pence
LF Pill
3B Sandoval
C Sanchez
CF Blanco
P Lincecum

And the Pirates lineup against Lincecum:

LF Tabata
2B Walker
CF McCutchen
3B Alvarez
1B Jones
C Sanchez
RF Lambo
SS Barmes
P Liriano

* Angel Pagan went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Fresno last night and is now 3-for-14 overall on his rehab assignments. Bochy said Pagan's hamstring is feeling fine and now it's "just a matter of him getting used to game speed and the timing at the plate."

Bochy reiterated that, while he'll be more inclined to play some of the Giants' younger players down the stretch, Pagan can expect regular playing time in September.

"It's going to be a big month for him to get some playing time, get comfortable with the post-surgery thing and get those at-bats," Bochy said.

* Reliever Jeremy Affeldt (groin) threw off a mound before today's game, and Bochy said Affeldt could begin his rehab assignment by the end of next week.

* Down in Fresno, Kensuke Tanaka hit his first home run in U.S. professional baseball last night. Tanaka has put together a pretty good offensive season at Triple-A -- he's hitting .332 with a .402 on-base percentage.

* How about this stat: In Tim Lincecum's last 17 outings, the Giants are 3-14. That's a combination of things going wrong -- Lincecum's ERA in those starts is 4.74, though there have been some good ones. He has received one or fewer runs of support in 11 of those 17 games, though. So it has gone for the Giants this year.

-- 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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