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Notes: Who's on first?
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10/02/2003  5:16 PM ET 
Notes: Who's on first?
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Andres Galarraga (front) and J.T. Snow, seen here in Spring Training, shared first-base duties during the regular season. (Eric Risberg/AP)
MIAMI -- The look on Giants first baseman J.T. Snow's face was something rare for the veteran's usually calm visage. Semi-shock.

Snow was told by reporters that he would probably not start Friday's critical -- well, they are all monumental -- Game 3 of the National League Division Series against Florida at Pro Player Stadium with the teams deadlocked 1-1.

Manager Felipe Alou said almost casually in an earlier press conference on Thursday, prior to the Giants' off-day workout, that he was "thinking" about putting old pro Andres Galarraga in the lineup.

"In this ballpark," said Alou, "Galarraga hit a few bombs. I'll give him a shot at hitting another one, if possible."

The 42-year-old Galarraga often replaced Snow in the regular season, with the Big Cat playing in 110 games and batting .301 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs while making only three errors at first.

Snow, dogged by groin strains that put him on the disabled list, batted .273 in 103 games with eight homers and 51 RBIs -- a solid year, considering the veteran was rarely 100 percent.

But the fact that Alou hadn't told Snow that he might sit this one out was definitely unsettling to the man who has starred in San Francisco since 1997.

As Snow was getting dressed, he kicked a folding chair out of the way and sent it sprawling. "You'd like to be told," said the 35-year-old Gold Glove winner. "Whatever. You do want the truth, but I guess he could change his mind. The manager's job is to put the best lineup out there that night, giving him the best chance of winning -- that's obviously what ..."

It wasn't etched in stone yet, it was mentioned. Alou could keep Snow in the game.

"I don't know. I guess we'll see tomorrow," said Snow, 1-for-9 in the first two games. "You'd like to know before you leave the ballpark that day [if] you're going to play or not going to play. You don't want to be sitting in the hotel at night wondering if you're going to play tomorrow. You know.

"You do want to be in there," added Snow, a fierce competitor who detests days off. "I did it last year, played every day and had success. But this year was different. You gotta go with what brought you here. If I don't start, I'll be ready if called upon."

Alou said afterward that he was still leaning toward Galarraga for Friday's contest. "This is the kind of ballpark that is inviting for a guy like Galarraga. I might give Galarraga a shot. I haven't written the lineup yet ... we do face two lefties coming up, and I'm going to give at least one of them to Galarraga."

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A veteran talks: Five-time All-Star catcher Benito Santiago has seen 1,923 regular-season games over his career and has shined in postseason appearances. He knows the Giants well and doesn't feel they will falter in Friday's contest.

"We've got to play hard," he said. "Those [Marlins] are good players. These are the playoffs now, and everything that happened in the past is over. We already got paid for that, and now we look forward to moving on. That's the bottom line."

Redman remark: Redman told the media on Thursday that Barry Bonds was "just another guy up there with a bat -- that's all I see," which drew some laughter about the pitcher's bravado.

"I'm glad to hear that," cracked Alou. "You can get Barry Bonds out sometimes. But I say, when I see a lefty on the mound, I believe a lefty pitcher is going to pitch to him. Mark's a tough guy. I'm not surprised. He believes he can get anybody out.

"Hopefully, Barry gets four or five at-bats tomorrow. I'm not talking walks, but at-bats."

Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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