Giants @ Dodgers April 3, 2013: Juan Uribe Lives! Kevin Gregg Does Not!

April 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150For the first time since August 14, 2012, the unthinkable has happened: Juan Uribe is in the starting lineup. His path over the last year has been beyond comical, and all it took was for Hanley Ramirez to hurt his thumb and for Justin Sellers to throw away two balls in one inning when he’s only on this team for his defense. (Whether Sellers should have been allowed to get right back in there rather than stewing on his mistake until at least Friday, given tomorrow’s day off, is a matter of opinion, I suppose.)

Uribe’s return to the hot corner breaks an even longer streak by pushing Luis Cruz over to shortstop, where he hasn’t been since August 1 of last year. He started that game, a 4-0 loss to Arizona, before being removed in a double-switch and being replaced at short by Ramirez. Other than a few starts at second base, Cruz was exclusively a third baseman after that… until tonight.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
LF
Crawford
2B
Scutaro
2B
Schumaker
3B
Sandoval
CF
Kemp
1B
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Pence
RF
Ethier
C
Sanchez
SS
Cruz
LF
Blanco
3B
Uribe
SS Crawford
C
A.Ellis
P
Lincecum
P
Beckett

You’ll also notice a change at the top of the lineup, where last night’s duo of Jerry Hairston & Mark Ellis (0-7 against Madison Bumgarner & Sergio Romo) is replaced by Carl Crawford & Skip Schumaker. It’s pretty obvious that these are moves generated by righty Tim Lincecum being on the hill for San Francisco rather than any necessary rest, given that the Dodgers don’t play in two of the next five days, but let’s be honest: no matter who is hitting there, they need to simply get runners on base for Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Andre Ethier.

In better news, the team has released non-roster reliever Kevin Gregg, per every single beat reporter at the exact same time. It was surprising at first when he wasn’t on the Albuquerque roster yesterday, but Ken Gurnick reported that Gregg did not want to report to the minors and preferred to be set free. Considering this is an organization that already has relievers like Shawn Tolleson, Josh Wall, Steve Ames, & Javy Guerra in Triple-A, this is no loss at all. In fact, the temptation to use him has been removed, so I’ll consider it a win.

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