10/09/10 5:30 AM ET
Giants bullpen ready for action
By Cash Kruth and Chris Haft / MLB.com
Posey, Sanchez injuries aren't fractures
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants got some relief late Friday night upon learning that X-rays catcher Buster Posey (ribs) and second baseman Freddy Sanchez (right hand) underwent for their respective injuries were negative, showing no fractures.The playing status for both Giants remained unknown. San Francisco and Atlanta have Saturday off before resuming their National League Division Series on Sunday at Turner Field. Posey said that he bruised his ribs when he collided with third baseman Pablo Sandoval in pursuit of Jason Heyward's foul ball during the first inning of San Francisco's 5-4, 11-inning loss in Game 2 of the series. Sanchez was hit in the right hand by a Kyle Farnsworth pitch during the 10th inning, though he remained in the game.
Giants sticking with consistent lineup
SAN FRANCISCO -- After using 126 different lineups during the regular season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy apparently has settled on a regular contingent for the National League Division Series against Atlanta.For Friday's Game 2, Bochy used the group that he sent out in Thursday's 1-0 series-opening victory over the Braves.
"It's pretty much the lineup that we'll be going with," Bochy said before the game. "That's what we decided before the series."The Giants will face only right-handed starting pitchers against the Braves, making Bochy more likely to stick with the same bunch each game. Bochy welcomed being spared from the preoccupation of settling on a batting order and selecting players for various positions. "It probably makes it a little bit easier when you know pretty much what your lineup's going to be," Bochy said. "We still discuss our options. But ... it takes away that distraction from some other things that you may be thinking about. Coming in today, I knew that was my lineup and I was able to focus on some other things."
Sanchez's shoulder holding up
SAN FRANCISCO -- As long as Freddy Sanchez's right shoulder allows him to turn a double play, he'll be the Giants' starting second baseman, skipper Bruce Bochy said Friday.Sanchez, who has dealt with a strained right rotator cuff the past couple of weeks, once again was in the Giants' starting lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Braves. As Sanchez's sore shoulder has given him trouble, the Giants have been careful with the 32-year-old second baseman. In five of the Giants' final seven regular-season games, Sanchez was lifted in the later innings for a defensive replacement. Although Sanchez's shoulder didn't hurt his hitting -- batting .371 in his final 31 games -- it did affect his throwing arm, and he was visibly lobbing throws in a late September series against the Rockies. Bochy said he checked on Sanchez prior to Game 1 and would do the same Friday. "We'll check on him today and see if it's staying the same, improving, whatever," Bochy said. "But if he's able to turn two, he's going to stay out there unless his shoulder flares up on him."
Huff's underwear providing inspiration
SAN FRANCISCO -- With the playoffs now in full swing, it's only fitting the Giants' most valuable article of clothing gets its just due on the national stage.Welcome to the big show, Aubrey Huff's rally thong. Since Aug. 30, the Giants first baseman has worn a red thong in hopes of rallying San Francisco to its first postseason appearance in seven years. When Huff first graced the clubhouse with his thong's presence, the Giants were 72-59 and six games behind first-place San Diego in the National League West. Huff predicted the Giants would go 20-10 with the rally thong and, wouldn't you know it, that's exactly how they finished the season en route to being crowned division champs. After a run like that, Huff's thong isn't going anywhere. "It's just something to kind of loosen the guys up when it started, and it turned out to be kind of a nice run," Huff said before Friday's Game 2. "I couldn't stop and I'm wearing it right now, if you're interested. Kinda get used to it. You know what I'm saying?"