Friday, April 8, 2016

Giants look to spoil Stripling's Major League debut

Nothing like getting thrown into the fire, as Ross Stripling will learn Friday, when he makes his Major League debut pitching for the Dodgers against the archrival Giants at inhospitable AT&T Park.
The 26-year-old Stripling, who has never pitched above Double-A, said he's been studying Giants hitters since he learned last weekend that he gets first crack at being the fifth starter. He said his only previous exposure to the Dodgers-Giants rivalry was in 2013 when, while playing for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, the team bused to San Francisco and took in a game.
"The stadium is awesome, the way it backs into the bay," he said. "The fans wanted to beat us, chanting 'Beat L.A.' We were all wearing Dodgers gear and got a lot of dirty looks. I remember saying, 'Can you imagine pitching here?'"
Things to know about this game
• Giants catcher Buster Posey probably will receive his first day off of the season Friday, manager Bruce Bochy indicated. Rookie Trevor Brown would start in place of Posey, who was initially expected to rest in Wednesday's series finale at Milwaukee but played instead. The Giants would need Posey's presence Saturday, when they face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and are scheduled to send their own No. 1 pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, to the hill. Posey usually takes a break from catching about 40 games per season but typically does not miss Bumgarner's starts.
• Stripling went 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in four Spring Training games.
• Matt Cain, who starts for the Giants, is 5-11 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 career outings against the Dodgers.

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