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Giants drop lefty between righty starters

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy is planning to tweak his rotation for the NL Championship Series, moving up LHP Jonathan Sanchez to go in Game 2 against the Phillies following ace Tim Lincecum.

Bochy said he would do so to break up RHPs Lincecum and Matt Cain, who now is set to pitch Game 3 in San Francisco on Tuesday.

"It gives Matt the home opener here," Bochy said Wednesday. "That's the way we're leaning right now. We have confidence in both of them but we really think to break up the righties and lefties there is a better way to go."

Game 1 is Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park with the highly anticipated matchup between Lincecum and RHP Roy Halladay, who pitched a no-hitter in the division series opener against the Reds.

"It's going to be fun," Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval said. "They have one of the best pitchers in the National League and we have one of the best pitchers on our team."

Lincecum is coming off a two-hit gem with 14 strikeouts in his playoff debut in Game 1 of the division series against the Braves.

"We'll see what happens these first two games. It's going to be a hyped-up crowd," Lincecum said.

PHILS MAY ADD PITCHER: The Phillies might add RHP Kyle Kendrick to their NLCS roster and use him as a long reliever, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Kendrick, who threw about 35 pitches during a simulated game Tuesday, was left off the NLDS roster after starting 31 games and going 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA during the regular season.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY: If anybody can help the Giants get ready for the Phillies, it's Pat Burrell.

The leftfielder, who signed a minor-league deal in late May after a miserable year-plus with the Rays and joined San Francisco after a short stint with Triple-A Fresno, spent his first nine seasons with the Phillies and won a World Series ring with them two years ago.

Bochy and all the Giants' playoff first-timers are counting on Burrell's insight at this stage.

"He's been there, he's been there with Philly. Sure, he can give them some advice," Bochy said. "He's great about that. He's not just a talent on the field but he's been great to have in the clubhouse."

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