Giants give Crawford rare day off

Giants give Crawford rare day off

MIAMI -- As the Giants approach Thursday's scheduled off-day, which will end a streak of 20 consecutive games, manager Bruce Bochy opted Saturday to rest shortstop Brandon Crawford, one of the few regulars who has not received a break.

Crawford had started San Francisco's last 17 games and had appeared in 40 of 46 games entering Saturday.

"They've all had their days off," Bochy said, referring to front-line Giants such as Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey, who gets regular breaks when Barry Zito pitches.

Crawford has responded well to the steady activity, batting .302 (16-for-53) while hitting safely in 11 of his previous 13 games. That lifted his batting average from .204 to .240.

Emmanuel Burriss replaced Crawford at shortstop.