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06/11/08 8:53 PM ET
Horwitz to see more playing time
Giants rookie will spell Lewis in left field vs. some southpaws
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
DENVER -- Expect to see Brian Horwitz more frequently in the Giants' lineup, particularly against left-handed starters. Manager Bruce Bochy didn't commit to a strict platoon with Horwitz and the left-handed-batting Fred Lewis. The Giants remain intrigued by Lewis' skill and want to see if he can be the everyday left fielder, which means he'll continue to play against certain left-handers. But Horwitz has hit enough in his limited appearances to merit more playing time. His pinch-hit home run off Colorado's Luis Vizcaino in Tuesday's ninth inning lifted his average to .429 (6-for-14) with two homers. Bochy indicated that Horwitz would start against both of the left-handers the Oakland A's will use against the Giants in the upcoming Interleague series -- Greg Smith on Friday and Dana Eveland on Sunday. "This allows Fred to get a little break and we can keep a good bat out there," Bochy said Wednesday. "It's hard not to get Brian's bat in against lefties."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.