Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kazmir, Cueto look to build on strong debuts

Scott Kazmir of the Dodgers and Johnny Cueto of the Giants, both free agents during the offseason, are matched up in Sunday's series finale at AT&T Park.
Kazmir is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in two career starts against the Giants. He is coming off a dazzling Dodgers debut, allowing only one hit over six scoreless innings in San Diego.
Cueto is 2-5 with a 2.79 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers. He is coming off a win in his San Francisco debut, allowing one run in seven innings at Milwaukee.
Things to know about this game
• Second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford are expected to be back in the Giants' lineup. Manager Bruce Bochy felt that Saturday would be an opportune time to rest Panik and Crawford, both left-handed batters, with left-hander Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers.
• The Giants' 3-2, 10-inning victory over Los Angeles on Friday marked the only time since 1913 that they won a game with two hits or fewer and each hit was a home run. The Los Angeles Angels were the last Major League team to win a game with two or fewer hits, all homers. The Angels accomplished this on April 23, 2015, against Oakland.
• Austin Barnes, who caught Kazmir's debut, is expected back behind the plate Sunday after A.J. Ellis caught Friday night and Saturday, his 35th birthday.

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