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08/03/08 9:34 PM ET

Giants bring youth movement home

San Francisco (46-64) vs. Atlanta (51-60), Monday, 7:15 p.m. PT

SAN DIEGO -- The San Francisco Giants did what they needed to do while in Southern California to play the San Diego Padres. They took two out of three from the only team in the National League West looking up at them in the standings.

Now, they head back home to play the first game of a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves.

The Giants are .500 over their last 12 games and sit 10 1/2 games back of NL West-leading Arizona.

The Giants have entered a youth movement as the season hits the August and September months where youngsters like Emmanuel Burriss and Ivan Ochoa will see more playing time. As they continue through a difficult season, the Giants will take advantage of the remainder of the schedule and evaluate the young talent on the team to see what the future holds once this season is over.

Pitching matchup
SF: RHP Matt Cain (6-9, 3.70 ERA)
Cain pitched superbly in July, recording a 2.09 ERA in six outings. All but one was a quality start and he pitched shutout ball in three of them, including a complete-game effort July 24 against Washington. In Cain's last start, he surrendered two runs in seven innings in a 2-0 loss at Los Angeles. Cain threw 89 strikes among a season-high 118 pitches in that one and walked none for the second start in a row, the first time in his career that he has managed that feat.

ATL: RHP Jair Jurrjens (10-6, 3.06 ERA)
Jurrjens continued his impressive rookie season while allowing three earned runs and seven hits in seven innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday. But the 22-year-old right-hander lost for the second time in the three starts he's made since the All-Star break. He has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts. This will be his first career appearance against the Giants.

Kevin Correia's 6 1/3 innings Sunday came in his third quality start of the season and his first since April 21 at the Diamondbacks. ... Manager Bruce Bochy says that the Giants have looked into the current situation with Eugenio Velez and his playing time. Due to Burriss playing both second and shortstop and Ochoa playing in the infield as well, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Velez to see playing time other than spot duty off the bench.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Giants (Jonathan Sanchez, 8-7, 4.61) vs. Braves (Mike Hampton, 0-0, 10.00), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 11-3, 2.71) vs. Braves (Chuck James, 2-4, 9.47), 12:45 p.m. PT
• Thursday: Off-day

Ronald P. Clark is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.