Bochy puts Rentera at leadoff vs. Lilly

Bochy puts Rentera at leadoff vs. Lilly

SAN FRANCISCO -- Edgar Renteria got the nod Thursday in the revolving door that has become the Giants' leadoff hitter.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he decided to bat Renteria leadoff after Wednesday's game, mostly due to Renteria's success against left-handers this season. Renteria is hitting .306 (19-for-62) against lefties this season and also hit a homer in his last start against Thursday's Dodgers starter Ted Lilly.

With the interest in the leadoff spot becoming a hot topic in Andres Torres' absence, Bochy talked Thursday about the time he puts into writing the lineup. Bochy said the lineup card is constantly on his mind, as he and his staff discuss it at length before and after games. Bochy also said he sometimes awakes at 4 or 5 a.m. with an idea.

Bochy, who has tinkered with lineups throughout his four-year tenure with the Giants, admitted this season is the most he's thought about the lineup, mainly due to personnel.

"It's a case where you do spend more time so you do get the matchups you do want and [go] with the hot bats and who you think gives you the best chance against the opposing pitcher," Bochy said.

Bochy said the team's day-to-day results rarely factor into making the lineup card.

"Very little, really," Bochy said. "You look more at the players themselves and how they're seeing the ball and playing, things like that."