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By Chris Haft and John Schlegel / MLB.com
Posey focused despite return to Georgia
ATLANTA -- To suggest that Buster Posey sighed wistfully upon seeing the downtown skyline as the Giants approached Turner Field for their workout Saturday would be disingenuous.
Though he grew up a Braves fan, coming to Atlanta for the National League Division Series doesn't really qualify as a homecoming for Posey.
"Not really," Posey said. "I'm not going to say it does when it doesn't. I grew up three hours south of here, so I don't really think of Atlanta as home at all."
Posey, 23, hails from Leesburg in southern Georgia, a good 175 miles from the cosmopolitan capital of the South. He grew up on a 50-acre plot of land, not in the shadow of skyscrapers or in one of Atlanta's many suburbs.
As he comes to Turner Field with the rest of the Giants for Game 3, to be played at 1:30 p.m. PT Sunday on TBS, this is just another city, and Turner Field another office for Posey, the rookie catcher whose poise and power helped the Giants reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
"We're just trying to win some ballgames, so it's kind of same old, same old for me," Posey said.
Posey was the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year and the Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year his senior year at Lee County High School, where he now famously played against then-sophomore Jason Heyward -- the Braves' own rookie phenom -- and Henry County High in the 2005 AAAA state championship.
But through all those accolades, Turner Field was merely a place to watch the Braves, not a venue where he'd had the opportunity to play in his days as a prepster.
"The first time I played here was the last time we were here," Posey said, referring to a four-game set in early August.
This time, there's a lot more on the line. Game 3 is obviously a huge swing game in the series, and of more concern is how Posey is recovering from sore ribs suffered in a foul-territory collision with third baseman Pablo Sandoval in Friday's Game 2 loss.
Posey said the sore ribs didn't really affect him at the plate after the collision, and that he wasn't feeling any ill effects the day after.
"I actually feel good," Posey said. "I feel better than I did last night, so that's good."
Bochy not worried about Wilson
ATLANTA -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy has no worries at all about closer Brian Wilson, who blew a save opportunity in Friday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.Wilson was on the mound for the eighth inning, when Atlanta scored three runs to tie the game. But only one run was charged to him, and that was unearned due to Pablo Sandoval's throwing error. Bochy pointed out that he asked Wilson to record a two-inning save -- almost unheard of in this era -- and the relief ace rebounded from the disappointing eighth inning with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. "Once they tied the game, he showed what he was about," Bochy said. "He kept it there and gave us a chance." The bullpen squandered a 4-1 lead that starter Matt Cain handed it in the seventh inning. None of the relievers had pitched since Sunday, prompting Bochy to admit, "I'm sure that affected them a little bit."
Chris Haft and John Schlegel are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.