Talking Giants Baseball: A San Francisco Giants/Baseball Blog: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Preview 4/9/2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Preview 4/9/2011

The Giants will celebrate opening night tonight after their thrilling 5-4 win in 12 innings yesterday.

Aaron Rowand, yesterday's hero, is rewarded with a start tonight in place of Brandon Belt, who needs a breaher.

Mark DeRosa will start in place of Pablo Sandoval with the lefty Jaime Garcia pitching tonight for the Cardinals.

Manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that this is not a DeRosa/Sandoval platoon. Bochy said Sandoval was not feeling all that well. This is not the worst thing that could happen since Sandoval struggles against left-handed pitching.

Anyhow, here is tonight's starting lineup for the Giants.

Torres CF
Sanchez 2B
Huff 1B
Posey C
Burrell LF
Rowand RF
Tejada SS
DeRosa 3B
Cain P

Matt Cain is coming off six shutout innings in Los Angeles. Jaime Garcia, in his previous outing, pitched a complete-game shutout against the light-hitting San Diego Padres.

The Giants have their hands full tonight, but they have their horse pitching. This has all the makings of a great pitching matchup.

On another note, no game story tonight. I am out of town in Sacramento, but I will post a link to a good game story along with my quick thoughts.

Tune in at 7:05 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for the game.

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