Burriss seeing plenty of time at second base

Burriss seeing plenty of time at second base

SAN FRANCISCO -- Emmanuel Burriss started his fifth game in a row at second base Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, but that didn't necessarily make him a regular.

Bruce Bochy said that Ryan Theriot will start Wednesday night's game against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, thus reflecting the manager's semi-official intent to use the switch-hitting Burriss against right-handed pitching and the right-handed-swinging Theriot against lefties.

Though Burriss still struggles with left-handed pitching -- he's 1-for-23 in those situations dating back to last season -- he entered Tuesday batting .273 overall.

"I think he deserves to be out there right now," Bochy said.

Burriss and Theriot could divide playing time more equally in the immediate future. The Giants will face two left-handers (Jonathan Niese and Johan Santana) and two right-handers (Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee) in their upcoming four-game series at New York.