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Pagan will stick at top of Giants' lineup

Pagan will stick at top of Giants' lineup

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Pagan will stick at top of Giants' lineup
SAN DIEGO -- Manager Bruce Bochy plans on leaving Angel Pagan atop the batting order, though Gregor Blanco, San Francisco's primary No. 1 hitter this year, has rejoined the lineup in left fielder Melky Cabrera's absence.

Pagan hit .308 in his last 13 games before Friday, all in the leadoff spot.

"I'd just as soon leave him there right now," Bochy said.

By contrast, Blanco needed a two-hit afternoon Wednesday to break a 0-for-21 spell.

"I'm looking to get back to what I was doing at the beginning," said Blanco, who batted seventh and took a .236 batting average into Friday's series opener against San Diego. He reached his zenith June 9, when his average reached .291.

"He looked like he was pressing," Bochy said of Blanco, who has batted leadoff 67 times, compared to 39 for Pagan. "He was trying to make contact instead of letting his swing do the work."

With the Giants due to face left-handed starters in four of the trip's remaining five games, Bochy indicated that he might give freshly promoted outfielder Justin Christian, a right-handed batter, some playing time in left field. Interestingly, the left-handed-batting Blanco actually has hit better against left-handers (.260) than righties (.223).

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