04/24/2013 4:36 PM ET
Belt hoping to build on clutch hits
By Eric Gilmore / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- First baseman Brandon Belt returned to the starting lineup Wednesday after two stellar performances off the bench. He had a walk-off single Monday night against the D-backs and a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth innng against Arizona on Tuesday night. Belt said he hopes those big hits jump-start his offensive game.
"I think it's one of those things where I've got a good chance of doing that, but at the same time I've got to keep working," Belt said before Wednesday's game. "I think if I do that and stay focused, I'll have a good chance of getting going."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has spent time this week working with Belt during batting practice.
"He has been working hard," Bochy said. "He's quieted things down. He seems to be much more relaxed at the plate and a little quieter. We cut out a lot of movement, and that's big for Brandon. He's taking away from his strength. He's got power. ... He was having trouble catching up to pitches because he was going forward so much.
"It's hard to get, in back-to-back days, big hits like he's gotten for us. That's not easy. I was kidding him, 'If you start doing that, it's hard to start you. That's a pretty nice weapon coming off the bench.' But he's going to be out there. As much as getting the work in, just sitting back and watching the game, that at times helps a lot."
Crawford becoming workhorse for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- For San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, the more work the better.
Crawford made his 22nd straight start Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He and right fielder Hunter Pence are the only Giants who have started every game, while center fielder Angel Pagan has appeared in all 22.
"A couple of years ago I was in and out of the lineup," Crawford said. "Last year I was in there a lot of the time then kind of toward the end I started getting platooned. Being in there every day, it's good for the confidence, it's good for getting into a little rhythm."
Crawford entered Wednesday's game hitting .296 with three home runs and four doubles.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he checked with Crawford after Tuesday night's game against Arizona to make sure he was good to go for Wednesday.
"He's fine," Bochy said. "He's young. Especially in April. He's going to get an occasional day off."
But by the end of the year, Crawford should have made more than 150 starts, Bochy added.
"He's our shortstop. He's a very gifted shortstop," Bochy said. "He's young. He can handle it, going out there every day. This is part of being an everyday regular player, especially when you're the shortstop. Those guys usually run out there more than anybody."
Crawford said he feels "good" but has gained a greater appreciation for Cal Ripken Jr.'s record streak of 2,632 consecutive games played.
"I don't know how that streak would ever be broken," Crawford said. "Pretty crazy what he accomplished."
Giants give Quiroz first start since 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- No. 3 catcher Guillermo Quiroz got a nice surprise Wednesday morning when he walked into the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse.
"I saw my name in the lineup, and I got a smile on my face," Quiroz said before the Giants' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It's exciting. It's exciting always to see your name in the lineup."
Quiroz made his first start for the Giants and first start in the Major Leagues since Sept. 19, 2010, for the Seattle Mariners against Texas. He went 1-for-3 in a 2-1 Mariners win over the Rangers.
"You got to be ready," Quiroz said. "You're working all the time to get these opportunities. You get here early. You do your routine. You hit in the cage. You do your weight training. You just got to be ready for anything that comes up."
Before starting against Arizona, Quiroz had made seven appearances off the bench, going 3-for-6 with a double, one RBI and one walk.
During Spring Training, Quiroz worked often with left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who started Wednesday's game against Arizona. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Quiroz's experience catching Bumgarner was one reason he got the start.
"Yeah, that's part of the reason he's catching, and he needs to start," Bochy said. "He's been throwing out some pretty good at-bats. The little bit he's caught, he's done a nice job back there. He's got some experience in the Major Leagues, so I'm going to give him a start and some at-bats. He will get an occasional start. I'll use all three catchers."
Starter Buster Posey was out of the lineup but will start Friday night, after an off-day Thursday, when right-hander Tim Lincecum faces the Padres.
Giants to hold '42' screening for students
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants and Major League Baseball will host a free private screening Friday at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco of the movie "42" for students 16 and older from the Ida B. Wells Continuation School. Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda will take part in a question-and-answer session with students after the movie.
MLB and all 30 teams are hosting private screenings for teenagers.
"42 brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the Civil Rights Movement," said Commissioner Bud Selig in a release. "This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson's vital impact on our nation."
Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.