OAKLAND -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that he has considered moving Aaron Rowand out of the leadoff spot, though the center fielder remained at the top of the order in Saturday's lineup against the Oakland A's. Rowand has led off in all 29 games he has started. His tendency to alternate slumps with torrid hitting spells is one factor that could prompt Bochy to make a change, since consistency is preferable from the leadoff spot. Rowand entered Saturday batting .256 with five home runs and 18 RBIs. He owns a respectable .456 slugging percentage but his on-base percentage is .295.
The Giants' first leadoff alternative to Rowand probably would be Andres Torres, who began Saturday batting .289 with a .389 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage. Entering Saturday, Giants leadoff hitters ranked ninth and 10th in the National League with a .243 batting average and a .298 on-base percentage, respectively. The respective league averages in those categories were .251 and .318. "He's playing a little streaky, as a lot of guys are," Bochy said of Rowand. "If we think we need him to help out in that sixth or seventh spot, we'll do it and lead off somebody like Torres."