SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants made their second batch of roster cuts Monday, trimming their spring contingent to 34 players.Infielder Emmanuel Burriss and center fielder Darren Ford were optioned to Minor League camp. Right-handers Casey Daigle, Shane Loux and Felix Romero, catcher Jackson Williams and first baseman Brad Eldred were reassigned to Minor League camp. Of the seven, Burriss might have been expected to last longer with the big leaguers. He has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Giants. But, manager Bruce Bochy said, "We don't have a lot of playing time for him right now. He needs to play." Worth noting: Shortstop Miguel Tejada occupied the eighth position in Monday's lineup, which featured all of San Francisco's projected regulars. Bochy said he wanted to see how the offense might function with the versatile Tejada in that spot. ... Tuesday is a scheduled off-day for the Giants, but No. 2 starter Jonathan Sanchez will take his usual pitching turn by appearing in a Minor League exhibition game.
Lincecum deceptively ugly against Rockies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though rain wiped out the Giants' Cactus League affair Monday against the Colorado Rockies, the experience still counted for Tim Lincecum, whose pitching line was deceptively ugly.Before the game was stopped between halves of the third inning, Lincecum surrendered five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. A botched double-play attempt accounted for a first-inning unearned run. Colorado's Jose Lopez grounded a second-inning double past third base, where Pablo Sandoval might have caught the ball under better conditions. Leading off the third inning, Dexter Fowler tripled and scored when nobody bothered to pick up the relay throw from center fielder Andres Torres, who was charged with the error. "It was ugly out there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It wasn't the greatest conditions. But he got his work in." Lincecum, who threw 61 pitches, believed that the outing furthered his preparation for his Opening Day start March 31 at Los Angeles. "Those strenuous innings might have even helped," Lincecum said. "I feel like I'm where I need to be."
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Proof of that came in the form of Lincecum's four strikeouts, reflecting the movement he maintained on his pitches.
Torres' faux-pas lightens the mood
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants leadoff hitter Andres Torres underwent a mildly embarrassing equipment change in the first inning of Monday's game.The switch-hitting Torres strode to the plate to bat right-handed against Colorado left-hander Matt Reynolds. Except Torres was wearing his left-handed-batting helmet, with the earflap on the right side. He hastily returned to the dugout to exchange headgear. "They started laughing," Torres said of his teammates. "What could I do? I laughed, too." Torres admitted that this wasn't the first time he had committed such a gaffe during a game. In the Minors, where players sometimes double as first-base coaches, Torres said that he once trotted out to the coaching box when the opposing team was batting. "Incredible," he said.
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