Melky leaves Giants for birth of child

Melky leaves Giants for birth of child

SAN FRANCISCO -- Melky Cabrera flew to Orlando, Fla., right after Saturday's 12-inning win for the birth of his child and was out for Sunday's series finale against the Astros.

"He took the red eye last night, he barely made it with the extra-inning game," manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday. "I don't know if there was any player more excited when we won because he had the flight, too, in his mind."

Gregor Blanco shifted over from right field to start at left, with Nate Schierholtz starting in right.

The Giants are off Monday, and Cabrera will rejoin the team for Tuesday's game at Atlanta.

"It is a big day, I know he's really excited about it," Bochy said. "We'll miss him for a day, but he'll be ready for the first game in Atlanta, so it'll be a one-day deal with the day off."