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Roster Report

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In many regards, the Giants picked up where they left off in 2010. Their pitching has been solid in spring training, and they posted one of the best exhibition records. Matt Cain missed two weeks with elbow inflammation, and Brian Wilson had lower back issues. Otherwise, the Giants stayed mostly clear of injuries. Just like in 2010.

ROTATION:

1. RHP Tim Lincecum

2. LHP Jonathan Sanchez

3. RHP Matt Cain

4. LHP Barry Zito

5. LHP Madison Bumgarner

Zito wasn't on the playoff roster, but he'll open as the fourth starter (over Bumgarner) so that Bumgarner could be eased into the season after pitching a career-high number of innings last year. Sanchez is the No. 2 pitcher to split the two hard-throwing right-handers, Lincecum and Cain. RHP Jeff Suppan is available in case of an injury to any of the top five.

BULLPEN:

LHP Jeremy Affeldt

LHP Javier Lopez

RHP Ramon Ramirez

LHP Sergio Romo

RHP Santiago Casilla

RHP Guillermo Mota

LHP Dan Runzler

The No. 1 setup man might not be known yet. It was Affeldt in 2009. It was Romo for much of 2010, though Ramirez and Lopez -- both acquired in late-July trades -- carried much of the load through the stretch run and into the postseason. Casilla has some of the best stuff among the relievers. As for the final spot, Mota has the most experience, but Vogelsong has had a strong training camp and Runzler has been stretched out to provide possible long relief. RHP Marc Kroon, 37, signed after a successful career in Japan, is an outside possibility.

LINEUP:

1. CF Andres Torres

2. 2B Freddy Sanchez

3. RF Aubrey Huff

4. C Buster Posey

5. LF Pat Burrell

6. SS Miguel Tejada

7. 1B Brandon Belt

8. 3B Pablo Sandoval

What a difference a year makes. A year ago, Torres was on the bench, Sanchez was on the disabled list, Posey was in the minors, Burrell was in Tampa Bay, Tejada was in Baltimore, Belt was in Class A and Sandoval was overweight. Now it's a lineup that is considered above average.

RESERVES:

C Eli Whiteside

INF Mike Fontenot

INF/OF Mark DeRosa

OF Aaron Rowand

OF Nate Schierholtz

DeRosa could be a super utility guy and play all over the diamond. Left field. Third base. Second base. Right field. Even shortstop, if only because the Giants need someone to back up Tejada, though that role could go to Fontenot or DeRosa. Fontenot's more of a second baseman, though. Whiteside has the enviable job of backing up one of the Giants' biggest prizes: Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year. Whiteside didn't play a single inning in the postseason. Schierholtz is most valuable as a defender. Rowand has become an afterthought.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--LHP Barry Zito (sore neck) was injured in an auto accident March 30. He's expected to make his season-opening start April 3.

--RF Cody Ross (strained right calf) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He hopes to miss just two weeks of regular-season action.

--RHP Brian Wilson (strained rib-cage muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He hopes to return in early April.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGBrandon Belt , 1B.301
HRBrandon Belt , 1B10
RBIBrandon Crawford , SS44
OBPBrandon Belt , 1B.403
SLGBrandon Belt , 1B.525
RJoe Panik , 2B45
SBMatt Duffy , 3B8
WJohnny Cueto , SP11
ERAMadison Bumgarner , SP1.99
WHIPJohnny Cueto , SP1.02
KMadison Bumgarner , SP122
SVSantiago Casilla , RP17

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