Rowand returns, Burriss gets start in DC

Rowand returns, Burriss gets start in DC

WASHINGTON -- The lineup card that Giants manager Bruce Bochy delivered to the umpires Sunday was notable for both who was on it and who wasn't.

San Francisco regained the services of center fielder Aaron Rowand, who misssed Saturday's game with a tight right quadriceps.

"He's good to go and feels 100 percent," Bochy said.

Rowand's goal clearly was not to beat the heat -- he returned to the lineup in time for a day game in sweltering Washington, D.C., where the heat index has stayed well above 100 all weekend and showed no signs of relenting in time for Sunday's game.

"We'll keep an eye on everybody, especially the pitchers," Bochy said. "We knew it's going to be smoking out there, but teams have been playing in this stuff for a long time. It's something you can't control -- we're going to go out there and play hard."

With that as a factor, the rest of the lineup had a heavy presence from the team's younger players.

Bengie Molina sat out Sunday's game, though in the interest of not losing too much offensive power, Ray Durham stayed in as the second baseman. The Giants hoped to generate some runs against Nationals pitcher Garrett Mock, who made his Major League debut.

Also in the lineup was Washington native Emmanuel Burriss, making his first start in front of his hometown fans. Burriss has been a notable story this year as he is the first player from the D.C. public schools to play in the Major Leagues since 1981.

"I'm sure all his friends and family are excited to see him start, and I know he is," Bochy said. "He's played very well defensively. I put him at second [Saturday] night, and he made a good defensive play. It was great game awareness for him."

Burriss has had a cheering section of a few hundred friends and family members all weekend and was honored in a ceremony Saturday at the park where he used to play Little League ball.

He was joined in the lineup Sunday by catcher Steve Holm, who has started 12 times this season, and John Bowker, who has made 28 starts so far at first base. All three players are in their rookie seasons.

Bochy also would have his pick later in the game when it comes time to use the bullpen to relieve starter Barry Zito.

Closer Brian Wilson, who hasn't made an appearance since a June 1 outing against San Diego, has been throwing to stay fresh in the interim.

"He's good, and the rest of them are fresh," Bochy said. "But if Zito goes nine, that's great."

It would be good news for both Zito and the Giants, who haven't had a complete game from a pitcher this season.

Michael Phillips is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.