5/11/2014 5:12 P.M. ET
Giants in the pink for Mother's Day
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Bruce Bochy called his lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers as the "Bomb Squad," a joking reference to the presence of reserves Joaquin Arias, Juan Perez and Ehire Adrianza.
But it was more like the Mom Squad.
Seven of the nine starters took their swings with pink bats in observance of Mother's Day and the league's promotion of breast cancer awareness.
Virtually every player donned some sort of pink item -- mostly wristbands, but also shoes or shoelaces. They doubtlessly shared the sentiments of infielder Adrianza, who used a pink bat and wore all of the aforementioned accessories.
"My mother helped me a lot," said Adrianza, the 24-year-old rookie who started at shortstop. "She always cares about how I am, how I'm eating, how are my clothes."
Adrianza made sure to telephone his mother, Nitza, in Venezuela on Sunday morning. Not only did he convey Mother's Day wishes, he delivered the news that he was in the lineup.
"She's happy because I told her that I'm playing," said Adrianza, adding that she planned to watch the game on television.
Belt to have pins placed in fractured thumb
LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Brandon Belt is expected to have two pins inserted in his fractured left thumb to assist in the healing process, manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday.
This course of action was recommended on Saturday, when Belt returned to San Francisco and consulted hand specialist Dr. Timothy McAdams.
As of now, Belt's estimated absence remains six weeks. Bochy said that the pins likely will be removed after four weeks, and at that time the Giants should know more clearly how long Belt will be sidelined.
"You'll have a better idea of how much he can do," Bochy said. "That tells us how much he can ramp up his rehab."
Belt was injured in Friday night's series opener against Los Angeles when Dodgers starter Paul Maholm struck him with an 87-mph fastball.
• Bochy said on Sunday that left-hander David Huff is still experiencing tightness in his left quadriceps and will need more recovery time before he can come off the disabled list. Huff's outlook appeared bright after he pitched three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Fresno last Thursday.
• The Giants have not lost a season series to the Dodgers since 2009, when they posted a 7-11 record against their archrival. Since then they have finished 10-8 (2010 and 2012), 9-9 (2011) and 11-8 (2013).
• Highlights of the upcoming homestand, which features a three-game series against Atlanta (Monday through Wednesday) and a four-game set against Miami (Thursday through Sunday), include Filipino Heritage Night on Monday; an appearance by former Giants pitcher Masanori Murakami, the Major Leagues' first Japanese-born player, during Japanese Heritage Night on Thursday; and giveaways of Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey T-shirts on Friday and Sunday, respectively.