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Flannery not changing approach as third-base coach

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The new rules designed to prevent catchers from undue bodily harm in a home-plate collision won't diminish third-base coach Tim Flannery's aggressiveness or spontaneity in sending runners around third base.

That's because Flannery doesn't have collisions in mind when he waves a Giant home.

"I never send anybody thinking, 'Hey, run the guy over,'" Flannery said Saturday. "You gamble at times, but [a baserunner] still can slide hard. You can still hit a catcher pretty good going feet-first into the plate."

Flannery noted that the decision to direct a man home becomes much easier when the runner obtains a proper "secondary lead" -- the few extra steps he takes after a pitch is delivered.

"If you don't get a great secondary lead, that's where the gamble is," Flannery said. "If the throw's off-line, you score. If the throw is on-line, the guy's out by 20 feet. That's when you have to make up your mind [based on] who's running, who's throwing, the score. But it's their responsibility to get a great secondary lead."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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