LOS ANGELES -- When Matt Cain recorded his first career victory over Los Angeles last month after enduring eight losing decisions, that left Jonathan Sanchez as the Giants' lone starter who's winless against the Dodgers.Sanchez will try to break that spell when he confronts the Dodgers in Sunday's series finale. He's 0-5 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 career appearances against Los Angeles, including 0-5, 6.25 in nine starts. At Dodger Stadium, Sanchez is 0-2 with an 8.40 ERA in five lifetime appearances (three starts). Consistency has eluded Sanchez overall. He hasn't made consecutive quality starts (three earned runs or fewer allowed in at least six innings) since April 14 and 20 -- his second and third outings of the season. So perhaps it's ominous for the Giants that, in Sanchez's last start, he excelled against Colorado by yielding one run and five hits in eight-plus innings. But that marked the second time in three starts that Sanchez has pitched into the ninth inning. Logic dictates that if he can be that effective, he's good enough to put together decent back-to-back starts. "I worked in the offseason to finish strong," said Sanchez, who's 5 2/3 innings short of matching the career-best 163 1/3 he reached last year. "I just have to go out there and do my thing." Sanchez, who'll make his third attempt to secure his personal-best 10th victory, relishes pitching meaningful games such as this one. "Now that we're in the last month, everybody's watching the game," he said, motioning toward the San Diego-Colorado telecast in the visitors' clubhouse at Dodger Stadium. "And when that game's finished, they're going to watch us."
Sandoval rests with hip issue; Renteria starts
LOS ANGELES -- Pablo Sandoval was nagged by tightness in his hips, prompting Giants manager Bruce Bochy to leave the third baseman out of Saturday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Sandoval has started a team-high 129 games. He also began the evening sharing the club lead in games with Aubrey Huff (130 apiece). The switch-hitting Sandoval entered Saturday in a .174 tailspin (4-for-23), including a hitless streak of 11 at-bats. He also was hitting .208 on the road, contrasting with a .336 average at AT&T Park. Sandoval's break enabled shortstop Edgar Renteria to start his first game since Aug. 10 against the Chicago Cubs. Juan Uribe moved to third base. Renteria was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday, having recovered from a strained left biceps. The 15-year veteran is on pace to participate in 73 games, which would mark a career low.
Giants eyeing a few more callups
LOS ANGELES -- With Triple-A Fresno having been eliminated from postseason consideration, manager Bruce Bochy indicated that "two or three" Grizzlies players likely will be promoted to provide further depth.Fresno's season officially ends Monday, though Bochy wasn't certain when the callups would arrive. Leading candidates for promotion include utility men Emmanuel Burriss and Eugenio Velez, who had stints with the Giants earlier this season. Right-handers Waldis Joaquin and Kevin Pucetas also are possibilities.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.