SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Giants continuing to search for the right leadoff hitter and proper outfield alignment to replace Andres Torres, skipper Bruce Bochy tweaked his struggling lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.Eugenio Velez led off and started in left in his first start since being recalled, while Mike Fontenot was in the two-hole and at second base. Cody Ross started his third game in center field as a Giant, hitting seventh a day after leading off, and Nate Schierholtz -- who entered Wednesday 6-for-11 in his career against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley -- started in right and batted eighth. "I don't know so much if it's a change of philosophy as much as really just trying to change it up," Bochy said of the different lineup. "To be honest, we've been sputtering a little bit. If you look at the last week, we had a couple games where we put runs on the board, but we've been shut down, too." Bochy is hoping the speed of Velez and Fontenot atop the order will spark a Giants offense that, despite, going 7-4 in its past 11 games, is hitting .210 (77-for-367) in that span. "We know Geno. He came up last year and was a shot in the arm for us and gives us that energy and speed to help put some runs on the board," Bochy said.
Guillen gets treatment for bulging disk in neck
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jose Guillen received an epidural shot for a bulging disk in his neck and was unavailable for Wednesday's game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.Although the Giants won't know how Guillen's neck will react to the shot, Bochy was hopeful the shot would help Guillen return soon. "We expect him to be able to play tomorrow," Bochy said prior to Wednesday's game. "We'll just see how he responds." Guillen, 34, has hit .280 with one home run and seven RBIs in 26 games for the Giants since being acquired on Aug. 13, but is batting just .171 in his last 35 at-bats. He has only one at-bat since Sunday.
Affeldt receives Clemente Award for service
SAN FRANCISCO -- Prior to Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt was presented with his award for being the Giants' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy for his work with charities such as Generation Alive! and Not For Sale."Your first thought is the guy it's named after and how awesome he was," Affeldt said of the nomination. "The way he passed away, I'm sure a lot of people were heartbroken about it, so to be able to be put up for an award that is in representation of a guy like him is pretty cool. For me, I don't really do the things I do in the community for the award, but if you get nominated from it, that means someone saw what you do and they're trying to say thank you, so it's definitely something that's very appreciated and humbling." All 30 nominees have immersed themselves in the type of humanitarian and community efforts that distinguished the life of Clemente, a life that ended at age 38 on New Year's Eve 1972 with the crash of a plane aboard which he was personally delivering aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. Fans will once again have the opportunity to participate in the selection of the national winner. They can cast votes for any of the 30 club nominees through Oct. 8. The fan-ballot winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by a special selection panel of baseball dignitaries and media members. The panel includes Commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, widow of the Hall of Fame right fielder. Voting fans also will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2010 World Series to see the national winner presented with the Roberto Clemente Award.
Giants extend Augusta affiliation through 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants announced Wednesday they have renewed their player development contract with Class A Augusta, keeping the GreenJackets a San Francisco affiliate through the 2012 season.This past season, the GreenJackets recorded the best overall record in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division, finishing at 79-59. Augusta has been affiliated with the Giants since 2005, and those six seasons represent the most successful in Augusta history. Since the affiliation began, 15 players have reached the big leagues, including current players Madison Bumgarner, Dan Runzler, Pablo Sandoval and Brian Wilson.
Aubrey Huff arrived to AT&T Park about an hour and a half prior to Wednesday's game after his wife, Barbara, gave birth to their second son. Huff, wearing a red T-shirt that read "Dad^2," was greeted by teammates, including left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who welcomed his second son, Logan, on Monday. ... Freddy Sanchez didn't start Wednesday, but said his surgically repaired left knee that has bothered him lately was "fine." Sanchez, who said prior to Tuesday's game he might need to have his knee drained as soon as following the game, did not do so. ... With 2 2/3 innings Wednesday, Matt Cain will become only the fifth pitcher in San Francisco-era history to reach the 200-inning plateau for the fourth consecutive season. The other members of the club include: Jack Sanford (four straight, 1960-63), Juan Marichal (10, 1962-71), Gaylord Perry (six, 1966-71) and Jim Barr (five, 1973-77).
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.