SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy expected to hear more about the players he supposedly snubbed in filling out this year's National League All-Star team, but that didn't stop him from feeling disappointed in some of his fellow managers, who perhaps crossed the line between defending their players and attacking Bochy or his selections.
Florida manager Jack McKeon lobbied for pitcher Anibal Sanchez, criticizing the selection of Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum in the process, while Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said, "I think everybody whiffed on this one," regarding outfielder Andrew McCutchen being left out. Having long held relationships with both managers, Bochy was disappointed that he hadn't heard from either when they spoke out to the media.
"It does bother me, some comments that are made from other managers, to be honest. Because now, you start getting a little personal and disparaging other players. I don't think that's what this game's about," Bochy said. "I heard from a lot of managers -- I did -- but the two that are complaining, I've known them for 25 years. I didn't hear from them.
"It's not easy, and they know it. But to call out players or myself, I guess that's the direction we're heading now."
Bochy said he understands where the two are coming from, having been in the same spot when third baseman Pablo Sandoval didn't make the All-Star team two years ago. And he knew there would be complaints about snubs, as he said he could have gone through every team in the league and found another deserving candidate who won't be in Phoenix for the Midsummer Classic.
He admitted Tuesday that McCutchen "certainly deserves to go to the All-Star Game" and attributed that decision to when he did most of his research in picking the teams. He selected Arizona's Justin Upton, as the D-backs needed a representative, and Carlos Beltran from the Mets -- the choice that has drawn the most criticism.
"We went into Detroit June 30, and I had to pretty much get set here on the All-Star Game. I had to get my team ready for Detroit. At that time, the guy I took had higher numbers -- better numbers on-base, extra-base hits. That's kind of what went into it," Bochy said. "It's not that you mean to snub anybody because [McCutchen] is a great player -- a great young player. If something happens, I'd do all I can to find a way to get him on the club."
Tejada gets first career start at second
SAN FRANCISCO -- Halfway through his 15th Major League season, Miguel Tejada experienced something for the first time Tuesday night: He started at second base.
Tejada has spent plenty of time at third base and shortstop throughout his career, but never any at second base, where he got the nod in the Giants' second game against the Padres in AT&T Park. He hadn't spent any time working at second base until Tuesday afternoon, when he took ground balls and practiced turning a double play with bench/infield coach Ron Wotus.
"In this game, you never know. You've just got to be ready," Tejada said. "I'm here to help. I'm here to give us a chance to win."
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Emmanuel Burriss needed a day off after getting hit in the knee by a pitch in Monday afternoon's 5-3 loss to San Diego, as Burriss was dealing with some soreness in his knee. Bochy also liked the way Tejada was swinging the bat enough to put him in the lineup over Bill Hall, whom the Giants signed less than a month ago to provide infield depth after Freddy Sanchez went down with a shoulder injury.
Bochy focused on improving the Giants' struggling offense at home after their six-hit effort Monday, and he said this will keep Tejada's bat in the lineup while maintaining Brandon Crawford's excellent defense at shortstop.
"We need some offense right now, so this makes sense for us," Bochy said. "I talked to [Tejada] today, and he came out early to work on some things. He's all for it and seems excited about it. He just wants to play."
As for the difficulty of moving to the other side of the infield, Tejada sounded more eager than concerned. Bochy added that the transition won't be too jarring once he gets a little more familiar with the position.
"That's probably easier than third base, I would think, because third base is more of a reactionary position. At second base, you still have time," Bochy said. "It's a little different, sure, turning the double play. But he's got the arm for the backhand play. The ball's coming off the bat at a different angle, so to read that is probably going to take a little time before he gets real comfortable over there."
Ross out of lineup with hamstring strain
SAN FRANCISCO -- Cody Ross said after Monday's game he was optimistic that his strained left hamstring wouldn't keep him off the field too long, and an MRI on Tuesday confirmed Ross' initial gut feeling.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the MRI confirmed a "real slight hamstring strain" and estimated Ross will be out of the lineup "a couple days," but he added that it is not a severe enough injury to send Ross to the disabled list.
"We'll see how he's doing [Wednesday]," Bochy said. "He already feels so much better today."
Bochy wouldn't rule out Ross entering Tuesday night's game as a pinch-hitter, as he proved himself capable of putting together a quality at-bat Monday after straining his hamstring running down a fly ball in the sixth inning. Ross came to the plate and drew a walk before Bochy sent in pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to pinch-run.
"In the right situation, we'd have him hit and just jog down to first. He said he could do that," Bochy said. "I'd pinch-run for him like I did [Monday]."
Rehabbing Giants Mike Fontenot and Brandon Belt were back in the lineup for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday night. Fontenot (left groin strain) has gone 3-for-16 and hit his first rehab homer Monday. Belt (hairline fracture in left wrist) went 1-for-3 in his first game with the Grizzlies and was 4-for-9 in three games overall between High-A San Jose and Fresno. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Fontenot could return as soon as this weekend, while Belt needs more at-bats before his return.
Pablo Sandoval's 15-game hitting streak entering Tuesday night's game is the second-longest active streak in the National League, though a distant second as Milwaukee's Ryan Braun owns a 22-game hitting streak.
Of the Giants' 24 home wins this season, a Major League-high 17 have been decided by one run. Four of their victories in AT&T Park have come by two runs, two by three runs and only one by four runs. Despite historically poor hitting at home -- they have gone a franchise-high-tying 38 games scoring six runs or fewer -- the Giants are 24-14 this season for the third-best home winning percentage in the NL.
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.