Giants host Padres today
Despite wet conditions in the Valley of the Sun, the San Francisco Giants (11-4-3) will face a San Diego Padres (8-8) split squad today at Scottsdale Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT).
Bumgarner will make his fourth start of the spring season. He has allowed four earned runs and has piled up 13 strikeouts over his first three starts (9.2 IP). MadBum took the loss in his most recent start against the Cubs on March 13 as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits in four innings.
Volquez was part of the trade in December that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati.
The Giants and Padres meet today for the second of three Cactus League meetings between the two teams. Since 2003, San Francisco has won only one time against San Diego at Scottsdale Stadium (2009). The Giants have won 10 of their last 14 games overall.
The game can be heard on KNBR 680 AM..
Today’s starting lineups…
1. Pagan (cf)
2. Burriss (2b)
3. Sandoval (3b)
4. Belt (1b)
5. Crawford (ss)
6. Christian (lf)
7. Perez (rf)
8. Stewart (c)
9. Bumgarner (p)
Starting pitcher: M. Bumgarner (0-1, 3.72)
1. Maybin (cf)
2. Denorfia (rf)
3. Headley (3b)
4. Guzman (lf)
5. Alonso (1b)
6. Bartlett (ss)
7. Grandal (c)
8. Parrino (2b)
9. Volquez (p)
Starting pitcher: E. Volquez (0-0, 5.40)
Pre-game notes: First baseman Aubrey Huff, who sat out yesterday due to a stiff back, says he’s feeling better today. He will sit out today and then play Tuesday, after the Giants’ off-day on Monday … The Giants made nine more spring cuts this morning, reassigning Chris Dominguez, Nick Noonan, Juan Perez, Justin Fitzgerald, Jackson Williams, Mitch Lively, and Matt Yourkin, and sending Hector Correa and Tyler Graham to Triple-A Fresno (full story here). That leaves 43 players in camp. You can view the updated non-roster invitees list here. Evidently, Perez will leave after today’s game since he is penciled in as the starting right fielder … Also expected to pitch today for the Giants: Shane Loux, Ramon Ortiz, Clay Hensley and Jeremy Affeldt … Former Giant Alex Hinshaw is expected to make a relief appearance for the Padres today … The Giants enter today’s game leading all National League teams with a .298 team batting average, 101 runs, 186 hits, 22 home runs and a .485 slugging percentage … .Giants hurlers have collectively fashioned a 3.06 ERA, which ranks as the 2nd-lowest ﬁgure among NL teams, behind Miami (2.94 ERA) … San Francisco is running wild on the base paths this spring. As a team, the Giants have stolen a major league-leading 22 bases and have been caught just 14 times (61.1%). Outfielder Gregor Blanco leads the majors with 7 steals. San Francisco has stolen at least one base in 14 of their 18 contests and has attempted to steal a base in all but three games … The Giants are averaging 10,599 fans at Scottsdale Stadium this spring, the 2nd-highest average in the Cactus League behind Arizona (11,123). San Francisco’s overall attendance of 95,391 is the highest mark among all major league teams (with at least nine home dates already played).
Position battles: Below are the number of innings that each player has logged at his position(s), through the Giants’ first 18 Cactus League games.
C — Stewart (41), Whiteside (41), H. Sanchez (36), Posey (15), J. Williams (12), Susac (9), Joseph (6)
1B — Pill (59), Belt (36), Huff (33), Dominguez (26), Oropesa (3), Anders (3)
2B — Burriss (36), Theriot (33), Fontenot (29), Noonan (27), Panik (18), Arias (17)
3B — Gillaspie (63), Sandoval (63), Dominguez (12), Arias (9), Burriss (8), Noonan (4), Theriot (1)
SS — Crawford (54), Arias (34), Theriot (30), Adrianza (15), Burriss (13), Fontenot (9), Panik (5)
LF — Cabrera (46), Christian (36), Perez (21), Belt (15), Burriss (14), Pill (10), Graham (8), Huff (5), Parker (5)
CF — Pagan (49), Blanco (46), Brown (30), Graham (23), Cabrera (11), Christian (1)
RF — Schierholtz (59), Kieschnick (29), Blanco (20), Belt (17), Perez (12), Graham (11), Christian (9), Parker (3)