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Sparkplugs Rowand, Renteria back in lineup

Sparkplugs Rowand, Renteria back in lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants stuck with the two veterans who sparked their Game 3 win against the Phillies, as skipper Bruce Bochy opted to once again start center fielder Aaron Rowand and shortstop Edgar Renteria in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Wednesday.

Renteria remained in the Giants' leadoff spot, while Rowand batted eighth. After juggling the middle of their lineup Tuesday against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, they tweaked it again Wednesday against right-hander Joe Blanton, moving Aubrey Huff to the three-hole, Buster Posey down to the cleanup spot and Pat Burrell to the No. 5 hole.

Cody Ross hit sixth, while Pablo Sandoval got the start at third base and batted seventh in place of Juan Uribe, who admitted to Bochy earlier in the day that he wasn't quite 100 percent.

"It was evident [Tuesday] the wrist was bothering him," Bochy said of Uribe's left wrist, which he injured in Game 1. "I could tell with his swinging. I talked to him today, and he admitted it's still bothering him."

Bochy also said he opted to keep Rowand in the lineup over regular Andres Torres, who is 3-for-26 in the postseason, including a groundout in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday. Bochy said Torres' at-bat Tuesday was not a factor in his decision.

"I just like the way Aaron's been swinging the bat, even though he hasn't been in the games, but watching him, and of course, yesterday getting a big double there," Bochy said. "Andres, I think it's fair to say he's going through some struggles right now at the plate, so I decided to stick with Aaron."

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