--LHP Barry Zito is optimistic about making his scheduled start Sunday against the Dodgers, manager Bruce Bochy said. Zito suffered a sore neck in a two-car accident after the team flew to Los Angeles late Wednesday. Zito's Bentley was broadsided by someone running a red light. "He was pretty shaken," manager Bruce Bochy said. If Zito is unable to go, the Giants could call up RHP Ryan Vogelsong, who had been sent to the minors Wednesday, or use a flood of relievers.
--RHP Tim Lincecum, making his third consecutive Opening Day start, got his first loss in an opener after giving up one unearned run in seven innings. Lincecum allowed five hits, walked three and struck out five in a 103-pitch display. Lincecum also drilled ex-Giants 3B Juan Uribe, who walked slowly to first and looked at Lincecum. Later, Uribe said he didn't think Lincecum tried to hit him and called him "a good guy."
--SS Miguel Tejada made one of two Giants errors in the sixth inning when the Dodgers scored an unearned run. C Buster Posey made the other. "No excuses. It was an error," said Tejada, the Giants' biggest free agent signing of the offseason, a replacement at short for Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria. Tejada also went 0-for-4.
--1B Brandon Belt was the only Giant to reach third base in RHP Clayton Kershaw's seven-inning stint. Kerhsaw struck out nine and walked one, and Belt reached twice -- on an infield single and a walk. In the ninth, Belt lined out off RHP Jonathan Broxton. He was the first player with zero big-league experience to start at first base in an opener since Will Clark in 1986.
--RHP Brian Wilson threw off a mound Thursday, and perhaps the next step is a couple of simulated game as the closer tries to come back from an oblique strain. He might not be available until the weekend of April 8-10, when the Giants open their home schedule against the Cardinals.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 -- 1B Brandon Belt (22 years, 11 months) is the fifth-youngest Giant to start at first base in an opener, following Orlando Cepeda in 1958 (20 years, six months), Cepeda in '59 (21 years, six months), Will Clark in '86 (22 years), Willie McCovey (22 years, two months) in '60 and Steve Ontiveros in '74 (22 years, five months).
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's there. It's attached. It says hi." -- Closer Brian Wilson on his strained oblique, which caused him to open the season on the disabled list.
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