PHILADELPHIA -- Tim Lincecum started his sixth consecutive game Friday night with a catcher other than Buster Posey, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted that no hidden agenda or animosity has separated the two players.
Bochy pointed out that Posey caught Thursday afternoon at Atlanta in a day game following a night game and reasoned that he wanted a fresh catcher -- Eli Whiteside, in this case -- to handle Lincecum, who can be rough on his receivers.
"He likes to throw balls in the dirt and he does it effectively," Bochy said of Lincecum.
Bochy added that he had planned for Whiteside, who replaced the injured Hector Sanchez on the active roster Wednesday, to catch one of this weekend's three games against the Phillies.
A national baseball writer said on Twitter that Posey, who has paired with Lincecum 13 times this year, might not catch the two-time Cy Young Award winner again this season. Bochy called that "completely false. Timmy doesn't care who he throws to."
Posey said earlier this week, "I've got the utmost confidence in myself to catch anybody. So I'd never question that. I've caught Timmy plenty and had lots of success with him."