Giants try Velez, Fontenot atop lineup

Giants try Velez, Fontenot atop lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Giants continuing to search for the right leadoff hitter and proper outfield alignment to replace Andres Torres, skipper Bruce Bochy tweaked his struggling lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Eugenio Velez led off and started in left in his first start since being recalled, while Mike Fontenot was in the two-hole and at second base.

Cody Ross started his third game in center field as a Giant, hitting seventh a day after leading off, and Nate Schierholtz -- who entered Wednesday 6-for-11 in his career against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley -- started in right and batted eighth.

"I don't know so much if it's a change of philosophy as much as really just trying to change it up," Bochy said of the different lineup. "To be honest, we've been sputtering a little bit. If you look at the last week, we had a couple games where we put runs on the board, but we've been shut down, too."

Bochy is hoping the speed of Velez and Fontenot atop the order will spark a Giants offense that, despite, going 7-4 in its past 11 games, is hitting .210 (77-for-367) in that span.

"We know Geno. He came up last year and was a shot in the arm for us and gives us that energy and speed to help put some runs on the board," Bochy said.