Saturday, April 11, 2015

Padres, Giants send aces for marquee tilt

Madison Bumgarner and James Shields have to stop meeting like this.
Bumgarner and Shields will face each other Saturday in the third game of a four-game series at Petco Park. They met twice in last year's World Series won by the Giants, and also last month during Spring Training.
Even though this Giants lineup looks dramatically different than the one he faced last October, Shields is still wary of what the Giants can do offensively.
"It's definitely different for sure, and Hunter Pence isn't there, either," Shields said. "But there are still some good hitters, too. You can't take them lightly."
Things to know about this game
• With pitcher Ian Kennedy going on the disabled list, the Padres added lefty reliever Chris Rearick and also righty Brandon Maurer to give them fresh arms after Thursday's 12-inning loss. Rearick gives the team two lefty relievers along with Frank Garces. That could help neutralize Giants left-handed batters Nori Aoki, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt.
• It's worth pointing out that only four of the Giants who collected World Series hits off Shields have a chance of being in Saturday's lineup: Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco, Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford. Hunter Pence (three hits off Shields) and Travis Ishikawa (two) are on the disabled list, Pablo Sandoval (two) plays for Boston and Michael Morse (one) is now with Miami.
• Odrisamer Despaigne will step into the rotation for Kennedy and start Tuesday against the D-backs. He has thrived in his short career at Petco Park, posting a 0.55 ERA in 32 2/3 innings with 28 strikeouts. On Thursday, he retired all 14 hitters he faced after entering the game for Kennedy.
• Madison Bumgarner faced San Diego only once last year, allowing five runs and seven hits in a 6-4 loss on April 28.

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