LOS ANGELES -- Joaquin Arias started at third base Tuesday night as Giants manager Bruce Bochy tried to construct a lineup that balanced defensive skill with offensive potential. It was the fourth Major League game and second start at third base for Arias, who replaced Conor Gillaspie. Third-base coach Tim Flannery, who played 243 games at the hot corner during an 11-year Major League career, said that an inexperienced third baseman faces a choice in trying to cope with the position. "It all depends on your arm strength," Flannery said. "If you don't have the arm strength, you have to play shallow. If you have an arm like [Juan] Uribe, you can get by with playing deep and cover more ground. He has a cannon."
The Giants will be forced to use an inexperienced third baseman whenever Gillaspie doesn't start. Ryan Theriot has played nine games at third base in eight seasons, while Emmanuel Burriss has been stationed there three times in his 227-game Major League career.