Blanco claims Giants' starting right-field spot

Blanco claims Giants' starting right-field spot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gregor Blanco had started eight of the Giants' previous 12 games entering Tuesday. That ratio is likely to increase.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Blanco, who batted .353 (12-for-34) in his last 11 games, will remain San Francisco's regular right fielder -- at least for the immediate future.

"It's hard to break up that outfield right now," Bochy said, lumping Blanco with left fielder Melky Cabrera and center fielder Angel Pagan.

Blanco has been a prototypical leadoff batter. He began Tuesday batting .435 when leading off an inning, seventh-highest in the Major Leagues.

Bochy said that he has not considered flip-flopping Blanco with Pagan in the outfield.

"Both spots are important," Bochy said. "This right field is probably the toughest to play of all the positions. It's nice to have two speed guys like that."

Bochy said that he has talked to Nate Schierholtz, who began the season as the likely everyday right fielder, about coping with a subordinate role. Bochy reiterated that he'll depend on every player to contribute at one time or another.

"It's going to take 25 guys," he said.