SAN FRANCISCO -- Hector Sanchez got the start behind the plate on Saturday against the Astros, marking the fifth straight game he has caught Tim Lincecum.
Manager Bruce Bochy played Buster Posey at first base, wanting to give him a break before Sunday's day game. Posey will catch Barry Zito in Tuesday's series opener against the Braves. Sanchez has usually been Zito's personal catcher this season.
"I talked to Buster about it, and with the day game tomorrow it just makes sense right now," Bochy said. "He'll be catching Timmy, and he'll catch Zito first game in Atlanta. This gives me a chance to give Sanchez a start after the long break."
Bochy said that Posey will still catch Lincecum in future games, something he told the All-Star catcher before the game.
"He wants to catch him, I'll say that," Bochy said. "He knows he will, it's just today I decided with the way we're going right now. He will catch Timmy."