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Torres sits; Rowand, Renteria start Game 3

Torres sits; Rowand, Renteria start Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- With a sputtering offense and a tough lefty on the mound, the Giants fielded a completely different lineup for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday afternoon.

Andres Torres got the game off after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Game 2, with Aaron Rowand getting the start in center. With Torres out, Edgar Renteria hit leadoff and started at shortstop. After sitting out Game 2 with a bruised left wrist, Juan Uribe -- whose MRI came back showing only inflammation -- shifted to third and hit seventh.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy also tinkered with the heart of the order, moving Buster Posey to the three-hole, batting Pat Burrell cleanup and moving the surging Cody Ross to fifth.

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Aubrey Huff, who hit third in in 98 games this season, moved down to sixth against left-hander Cole Hamels. Huff hit .296 against lefties during the regular season, as opposed to .287 against right-handers.

"A lot depended on how Juan was doing, so I had to wait until I get the OK that he was going," Bochy said of Tuesday's lineup. "We talked about it quite a bit on the way back from Philly, before the workout yesterday and after, and I was pretty sure this was the lineup that we would go with."

Bochy also said he will likely fill out the lineup on a day-by-day basis the rest of the way based on matchups, but did say Torres would be back in the lineup against right-hander Joe Blanton in Wednesday's Game 4.

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