Scutaro gets first Giants start at third base

Scutaro gets first Giants start at third base

Scutaro gets first Giants start at third base
SAN FRANCISCO -- Newly acquired Marco Scutaro arrived to AT&T Park on Saturday morning to meet his new teammates and coaches and was in the starting lineup at third base a few hours later against the Dodgers.

The Giants acquired the 36-year-old veteran infielder and cash from the Rockies on Friday in exchange for Triple-A infielder Charlie Culberson. Scutaro got a warm clubhouse welcome from former A's teammates Barry Zito and Santiago Casilla, as well as Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco, whom he knows from winter-ball play in Venezuela.

"They're in first place; that says a lot," Scutaro said of the Giants. "It's a great team, great pitching. Seems like every year they're fighting for a playoff spot. I think we have an opportunity to do something special. I have the opportunity to play in the postseason, and that's what you work for in the offseason. I'm here, and I'm very excited."

Having played mostly shortstop and second base since 2008, Scutaro will be asked to play mostly third base initially with Pablo Sandoval's strained left hamstring. Scutaro said he hasn't even taken ground balls at third since '08.

"It'll probably take a little bit to get used to the angle," Scutaro said. "It's a little different angle of the bat, but you have to get used to it and just catch the ball."

Scutaro was batting .271 for the Rockies with 47 runs and 30 RBIs. He batted seventh in the lineup Saturday.

"He's a professional hitter," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He could lead off against left-handers. He knows what he's trying to do up there, and he gives us an experienced bat. He's been doing some pretty good things with the bat; he's had some pretty clutch hits."