The Arizona Diamondback and San Francisco Giants play Game 2 of their season-opening series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The game will will be broadcast on Fox TV with Dan Hudson facing off against Madison Bumgarner.
Manager Kirk Gibson, just two days into the 2012 season, shows no sign of changing his tendency to have a constantly shifting batting order. Chris Young batted second on opening day and will be in the five hole on Saturday. Here's the full lineup:
Gibson explained that he wanted to have two right-handed hitters in his batting order to split his lefties Montero and Kubel. This way the Giants might have to use an additional pitcher out of their bullpen in a late game situation.
The Giants lineup is:
-- Takashi Saito coming along with his calf injury that landed him on the 15-day DL to start the season. The injury wasn't serious and he will throw flat ground Sunday.
-- Gibby wasn't going to say who he will use in the 7th inning with Saito out. He used Joe Paterson for one batter on Friday in the seventh and generally doesn't want to throw bullpen guys back to back if possible. But he will still go with David Hernandez and J.J. Putz in the 8th and 9th again if in the lead.
-- Gerardo Parra came in for Kubel on Friday and will continue to be used as a defensive replacement. Kubel had a quad injury in spring that's not 100% and Parra is a "defensive weapon", according to Gibby. Kubel is good with it.
- Gibby said that Chris Young is a warrior and an impact player who always has a great attitude. "He's an extremely confident young man."