05/26/12 4:20 PM ET
Santiago confident Posey can stay at catcher
Ex-backstop preaches conditioning to avoid position move
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"It was not necessary," he said.Santiago will be among the ex-Giants present when the organization honors the 2002 National League pennant-winning club during the weekend of June 29-July 1. He earned NL Championship Series Most Valuable Player honors for his performance in the series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bochy shows support for struggling Lincecum
MIAMI -- Manager Bruce Bochy had little to say about his chat with Tim Lincecum following the right-hander's latest subpar outing.But it was plain that Bochy remains steadfastly confident in Lincecum, who owns a 2-5 record with a 6.41 ERA. Lincecum induced only five swings and misses while throwing 97 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. But, Bochy said, "He threw the ball well. ... He has to keep working, which he's doing. We're all in with him and he needs to know that." This has been a season of firsts for Lincecum, not all of them good. His loss to the Marlins was the first of his career against them in four starts. Lincecum's next start is next Wednesday at AT&T Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who scored five runs in 5 1/3 innings against him while defeating the ace on Opening Day. Lincecum has gone five consecutive starts allowing at least three runs and without earning a victory. He endured similar streaks in his 2007 rookie season and in 2010. "He's taking it hard, believe me," Bochy said.
Giants give Crawford rare day off
MIAMI -- As the Giants approach Thursday's scheduled off-day, which will end a streak of 20 consecutive games, manager Bruce Bochy opted Saturday to rest shortstop Brandon Crawford, one of the few regulars who has not received a break.Crawford had started San Francisco's last 17 games and had appeared in 40 of 46 games entering Saturday.
"They've all had their days off," Bochy said, referring to front-line Giants such as Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey, who gets regular breaks when Barry Zito pitches.Crawford has responded well to the steady activity, batting .302 (16-for-53) while hitting safely in 11 of his previous 13 games. That lifted his batting average from .204 to .240. Emmanuel Burriss replaced Crawford at shortstop.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.