With Marco Scutaro destined for the disabled list to start the regular season, the Giants don't really have an issue finding players to play second base. While final roster moves won't be made until Saturday, it's quite likely manager Bruce Bochy will have a choice among Joaquin Arias, Brandon Hicks and Ehire Adrianza and could even use outfielder Juan Perez to man the position defensively. Who bats second will be the far more compelling question. Bochy made an intriguing call on the No. 2 hitter Thursday night for the first game of the Bay Bridge Series -- outfielder Hunter Pence. It's probably not advisable to write that one down for opening day, though. "I'm going to take a look at Hunter right now, today and maybe (Friday)," Bochy said. "I did talk to Hunter about it. He's done it. When he came up, he hit in the two hole. He does give you speed. And he's a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark, too. That's not a bad thing to have at the top of the order." Pence is the fifth player Bochy has tried in the No. 2 spot since Scutaro played his one and only game in spring training March 17. First baseman Brandon Belt made two starts there, outfielder Tyler Colvin two, shortstop Brandon Crawford one, and for the final three games in the Cactus League, outfielder Michael Morse batted second. Pence, who hit .362 in Arizona and led the club with five home runs, has 65 career starts hitting second, but he hasn't batted there since Aug. 26, 2009, when he was with the Houston Astros. He went 2 for 4 with a double Thursday in the Giants' 4-0 loss to the A's. Pence would seem an unlikely choice given his run-producing skills, but Bochy is looking at it differently.
Giants give Pence shot in No. 2 spot
San Jose Mercury News | Mar 28