Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Giants lean toward rookie Hector Sanchez for DH at World Series

DETROIT — Giants manager Bruce Bochy has several options for a DH tonight against Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez, including veteran lefty Aubrey Huff and regular 3B Pablo Sandoval, with better defender Joaquin Arias in the field.

But instead for Game 3 he was leaning toward backup C Hector Sanchez, a 22-year-old rookie who hit .280 with three homers and 34 RBIs in limited duty over 74 games (49 starts).

"That's the way I'm leaning," Bochy said Friday after the team's late-afternoon arrival in Detroit. "I could change my mind, but to be honest, that's how I'm thinking right now. He's a switch-hitter, he's had a pretty good year with the bat when he's been out there."

Though Sanchez has been the DH in one big-league game, he does have DH experience in the minors. And he has made 25 pinch-hit appearances, going 8-for-24 with a walk.

LEANING RIGHT: With the DH back in play and the Giants starting RHP Ryan Vogelsong tonight and RHP Matt Cain on Sunday in Game 4, the Tigers' lineup will have a different, more productive and speedier look. Quintin Berry and Andy Dirks will be in the corner outfield spots, Delmon Young goes back to DH and Avisail Garcia goes to the bench.

During the season, the Tigers went 62-49 (.559) against right-handed starters and hit .275 with a .771 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against right-handers (third best in the AL) and were 26-25 (.509) against left-handers and hit .253 with a .724 OPS.

"Sometimes you just can't explain it," Tigers C Alex Avila said. "We've had trouble all year with left-handed pitching, which is strange because we have a lot of good hitters on the team."

LEAD? WHAT LEAD? The Giants made a point to not make a big deal about being up 2-0 in the Series. "They're going about their business as usual," Bochy said. "There's no change in them, and there won't be. It wouldn't matter if they were down 0-2 or 2-0."

And manager Jim Leyland said his Tigers are able to handle being down, especially the way he sees it. "Well, I like to simplify things," he said. "I think I can simplify this one pretty easy: The way I look at it, we're two games back with five to play, but we're playing the team we need to catch, and I think that's the best way to approach it."

CHILL LOUNGE: After two perfect nights in San Francisco, the Series will be chilled a bit this weekend, with weather.com forecasting temperatures in the mid to low 40s tonight and a feels-like in the high 30s.

Leyland said the players will be prepared, many using hand-warmers and new high-tech undergarments. "We have got heaters in the dugout for both teams, obviously," he said. "It's cold for everybody. It's cold for the fans, the beer is cold, everything is cold. It's great, enjoy it."

MISCELLANY: Leyland said RHP Doug Fister, who was struck on the head by a line drive in Game 2 on Thursday, was scheduled for tests but appeared to be fine during the flight. … Game 2 drew 12.3 million viewers. The 7.8 national rating (percentage of TV homes tuned in) was a record Game 2 low, surpassing the 2008 Rays-Phillies game at the Trop.

Today's matchup 2012 Team 2012 Vs. Opp.

Team Pitcher Time W-L ERA Rec. W-L IP ERA

San Francisco Vogelsong (R) 8:07 16-9 3.19 22-12———

Detroit Sanchez (R) p.m. 10-14 3.70 14-19 1-1 12.1 4.38

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