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Bochy relying on matchups to fill out card

Bochy relying on matchups to fill out card

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Bochy relying on matchups to fill out card
SAN FRANCISCO -- With Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval manning the corner-infield spots on a everyday basis and Trade Deadline acquisitions Jeff Keppinger, Carlos Beltran and Orlando Cabrera manning their spots every game, Bruce Bochy's list of daily decisions has shortened considerably.

But the most difficult choices remain whom to play in left and center field. Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz and Andres Torres will continue to split time in those spots, with Torres getting starting Friday in center and Schierholtz in left.

Bochy makes lineup decisions based primarily on matchups, so he said to expect Rowand and Ross in the lineup Saturday afternoon with the Phillies sending lefty Cole Hamels to the mound.

Schierholtz had seemingly earned an everyday job before his recent 4-for-35 skid, and Bochy said he will continue to get most of the starts against right-handed pitchers. Rowand is hitting .312 against left-handers and figures to see most of his time against southpaw starters.

That leaves Torres and Ross, a right-handed hitter with no notable platoon split. Torres has struggled mightily against lefties this season, as his .114 average against them ranks sixth-lowest in the Majors among players with at least 30 plate appearances, but Bochy again emphasized the potential impact the speedy switch-hitter can have on a lineup.

"I'd like to get Torres going, too. I think he does give us a dynamic that we need in that leadoff spot with his speed," Bochy said. "He does have something that I think this club needs."

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