SAN FRANCISCO — RHP Tim Lincecum was the obvious choice to start Wednesday's World Series opener in what will be another aces-high matchup with Texas LHP Cliff Lee.
But the Giants made a right turn after that, opting for RHP Matt Cain in Game 2 and bumping LHP Jonathan Sanchez to Game 3, which will be in Texas on Saturday, a flip-flop from how they were set up in the NL Championship Series against the Phillies. LHP Madison Bumgarner will again pitch Game 4.
Sanchez had a rough outing in Saturday's Game 6, but manager Bruce Bochy said it wasn't a matter of what Sanchez did but what Cain hasn't done, which is pitch since Oct. 19.
"I think more than anything right now, Matt hasn't pitched in a while … he's ready," Bochy said. "Johnny just threw — we're trying to keep things in order. Matt's probably a little bit fresher."
And, Bochy said, they still have plenty of confidence in Sanchez — certainly enough to eliminate the speculation that they might turn to LHP Barry Zito, who wasn't even on the NLCS roster, in his place.
"A guy has a hiccup now and then," he said. "We're here because of Jonathan Sanchez, how he pitched down the stretch. He had an off night. It's going to happen."
Cain, who as a flyball pitcher could benefit from the roomier dimensions of AT&T Park, said it didn't matter much to him. "It's just rest, one day or another," he said. "Obviously it's great to be able to throw here — it's your home ballpark, you're comfortable, you know the atmosphere."
Sanchez, who has never been to Arlington, said he didn't mind when or where he pitched, either: "It doesn't matter."
RANGERS COUNTER: Lee will be followed in Texas' rotation by LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Colby Lewis then, most likely, RHP Tommy Hunter.
Manager Ron Washington had confirmed Lee as the Game 1 starter but didn't announce the rest until arriving in San Francisco. He expects Hunter to remain the fourth starter.
Washington also said slugger Vladimir Guerrero, the Rangers DH, will start in rightfield for Game 1. That means Nelson Cruz moves to leftfield, with David Murphy and Jeff Francoeur available off the bench.
DH DUTY: Bochy said he hadn't thought about whom he'd use as the DH for the three games in Texas. Pat Burrell would seem to be an obvious choice, but given Burrell's DH issues with the Rays, Pablo Sandoval may end up with the assignment.
MISCELLANY: Giants OF Andres Torres expects to be ready for Wednesday's opener after leaving Saturday's game with discomfort in his left hip and groin area. "He is doing much better," Bochy said. "He should be good to go." … Umpires Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller will call their first World Series, the Associated Press reported. … Rain is forecast for Thursday, which could bump Game 2 to Friday.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.