LOS ANGELES -- Keeping his eyes on the big picture, Giants manager Bruce Bochy rested Aubrey Huff, the team's hottest hitter, on Tuesday. Huff, who ranked second to Pablo Sandoval with 90 games played, owned a .301 batting average with team highs in home runs (17), RBIs (54) and slugging percentage (.534). The first baseman-outfielder began Tuesday hitting .371 (10-for-27) with a seven-game hitting streak. But the presence of Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the mound gave Bochy an opportunity to allow Huff, a left-handed batter, to preserve some energy.
"We're trying to keep him fresh," Bochy said, adding that he has given similar breaks to various players and will continue to do so.