Mark Reynolds is getting the day off today, which will give him two days of rest with tomorrow's travel day.
"He's been grinding hard. Off the field, too - in the cage and stuff. We don't have great match-ups against this guy anyway and just thought this would be a good day," manager Kirk Gibson said of Reynolds, who might not be thrilled with the news. "He cares. He's been very motivated to get better. I know that."
Augie Ojeda will get the start at third.
Sam Demel - He's a good one, he's got the right stuff
Demel gave up a grand slam to Juan Uribe with two outs in the seventh inning of a what was a 3-1 game. He inherited two runners before walking Posey ahead of Uribe.
Gibson explained, "I don't think he felt like he executed his game plan against Posey and the pitch to Uribe - actually, I thought it was a fast ball, but I think it was cutter that backed up. He told me last night that hit cutter that usually cuts was backing up on him. That's a pitch designed to be on the outside of the plate and move off and it actually went back in. But if you look at it, it was a low pitch... pretty good location. You've got to give Uribe a little bit of credit for putting the stick on it."
Gibson is still high on Demel: "The kid works hard. He's got a pretty good idea. I know he's disappointed in his performance, but he's a good one. He's got the right stuff."
Gibby talked about Lincecum's four pitches that he will throw at any time, but was most impressed with his other stuff: "He's very competitive. You can say all you want about his pitches, but his intangibles are probably his biggest attribute from what I see."
We will resist making the obvious pot-smoking joke here to avoid disrespecting the game.