Bochy stays the course on handling rotation

Bochy stays the course on handling rotation

ARLINGTON -- Though Jonathan Sanchez is no longer sure to start Game 7 of the World Series if the Giants-Rangers showdown lasts that long, manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday that this uncertainty wouldn't affect how he handles San Francisco's pitchers in the next few games.

With Sanchez showing signs of fatigue in his Game 3 start, the Giants could have been expected to monitor pitch counts to keep pitchers fresh as much as possible -- partly to save them for potential use in a possible Game 7 next Thursday at AT&T Park. But Bochy feels differently.

"I don't think you can change how you manage," said Bochy. "You manage to win the game you're playing and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow -- or Game 7, if that would happen."

Bochy added that relievers Guillermo Mota and Jeremy Affeldt, who each pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings on Saturday, would be available on Sunday for abbreviated duty.

San Francisco's 4-0 win over the Rangers on Sunday night put them in position to win the World Series in Monday's Game 5.