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04/02/08 3:29 AM ET
Durham, Roberts to sit in series finale
Giants manager changes plan to stick with same lineup
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- After opening the season with five singles in 28 at-bats and moving only three runners into scoring position, Giants manager Bruce Bochy stuck with the same lineup for Tuesday night's rematch against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moreover, Bochy indicated that he'd leave the starting eight intact for Wednesday night's series finale. Citing Thursday's scheduled off-day, Bochy said, "I don't think anybody needs a day off." But that changed after Tuesday's game, which the Giants lost, 3-2, on Rafael Furcal's daring ninth-inning dash home. Bochy said that second baseman Ray Durham and left fielder Dave Roberts will be out of Wednesday's lineup. Durham, batting .167 (1-for-6), dove to smother pinch-hitter Delwyn Young's two-out, ninth-inning grounder but couldn't come up with the ball cleanly and threw to first as Young scored. Durham also was shaken up in the eighth inning, appearing to land hard on his left shoulder as James Loney broke up a double play. "He had a lot of action out there tonight, so he's going to get a day [off]," Bochy said of Durham. Roberts is batting .333 (2-for-6) and has opened the season's first two games with singles. But a sore left knee bothered him toward the end of Spring Training and he struck out in his final two at-bats Tuesday. Eugenio Velez, who's 2-for-2 as a pinch-hitter, is expected to replace Durham. With right-hander Chad Billingsley starting for Los Angeles, Fred Lewis, a left-handed batter, is a more likely choice to replace Roberts than right-handed-hitting Rajai Davis, who struck out twice Tuesday. "We need them to have the years they're accustomed to having for us to have success," Bochy said, citing Roberts and Durham. "But we know we have some good young players who are waiting for their opportunity." Bochy actually said that before Tuesday's game. At that time, he added that he might have delivered a negative message to his club by altering the lineup for the season's second game. "If I change the lineup now, it may send a sense of panic with them," Bochy said. "We want a little continuity. [Monday's] lineup was the first time we had that lineup. To start changing quite a bit now would be a little early, I think." Bochy also held a 10-minute pregame meeting. "I had a few words to say," he said, suggesting that he sought to motivate the Giants in the wake of Monday's dispiriting 5-0 loss and widespread predictions of a last-place San Francisco finish.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.