PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy is trying to find playing time for the club's reserves, which he considers particularly essential early in the season.
"Especially coming out of Spring Training," Bochy said Wednesday. "They're used to getting their at-bats, and then you sit them down and they get a little rusty and start losing their swing."
Thus, Bochy explained, he gave Ehire Adrianza his first Major League start at second base Wednesday. Backup outfielder Juan Perez received a couple of plate appearances Tuesday, though he struck out both times. Reserve outfielder Gregor Blanco will start Thursday's series finale. And infielder Brandon Hicks, who didn't appear in San Francisco's first two games, likely will start Friday at Los Angeles.
"I'm going to mix it up," Bochy said.
Lincecum to make start after overcoming illness
PHOENIX -- Tim Lincecum quickly recovered from an upset stomach Wednesday and will make his scheduled start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Thursday's series finale.
Lincecum said he began feeling queasy after the Giants took batting practice Tuesday. This prompted pitching coach Dave Righetti to tell listeners on KNBR, the club's flagship radio station, that Lincecum might have to be scratched against the D-backs.
But, munching on a cracker and sipping Pedialyte to replace lost fluids, the ever-resilient Lincecum declared that he felt healthy enough to pitch.
"It was pretty mild," he said of his illness.
Said manager Bruce Bochy, "Today he's bouncing around like nothing happened."
Actually, a lot has happened to Lincecum since he faced the A's in last Friday's Bay Bridge Series exhibition. His status for Thursday initially was tenuous due to a bruised left knee caused by Daric Barton's fourth-inning line drive. But Lincecum's lack of pain and ample range of motion made the bruise a non-issue.
Bochy less likely to argue under new replay system
PHOENIX -- As Giants manager Bruce Bochy saw it Wednesday, baseball's new replay system saved him some fine money.
Noting that he regarded four separate umpires' calls as worth reviewing during San Francisco's 5-4 loss Tuesday to Arizona, Bochy said that in any previous season, "I probably would have gotten thrown out of that game, that's for sure."
But the challenge system, which upheld the safe ruling Bochy challenged on a fourth-inning pickoff attempt, dampened the skipper's ardor for an argument.
"It does change the game," Bochy said.
Bochy left the dugout to question umpire Chris Guccione's foul ruling on Joaquin Arias' sharply hit ball past first base, then an out call on Hunter Pence, who tried to beat out a grounder. Bochy stopped short of challenging both calls on the advice of Giants video reviewer Shawon Dunston.
Bochy lost his challenge of Matt Cain's unsuccessful pickoff of A.J. Pollock, preventing him from requesting another review later in the fourth inning when umpire Eric Cooper decided that Pollock eluded Cain's tag at home plate.