Giants 2013: Projected lineup, rotationLoading
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    2013 Giants: Projected starting lineup
    Angel Pagan
    Center field

    Once Angel Pagan settled into the leadoff spot in the Giants' batting order in 2012, stability followed. He was the igniter for one of the National League's most productive offenses. His graceful speed also allows him to effectively patrol one of baseball most expansive center fields at AT&T Park.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Marco Scutaro
    Second base

    Marco Scutaro came to the team in a mid-season trade, hit like a mad man the rest of the season, continued his blistering offense in the playoffs and was an indispensable part of the Giants' World Series championship lineup. He then signed a long-term contract, putting second base in what the team and fans expect to be good hands for the foreseeable future.
    David J. Phillip | AP
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    Pablo Sandoval
    Third base

    The kind of talent that produced a three-homer performance - this is Sandoval hitting the first - in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series along with his pleasing personality are reasons he's a fan favorite. The way he affects the Giants' lineup when he's healthy and dialed in is why he could be a key factor in the team's quest to defend its championship.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Buster Posey
    Catcher

    Locked up with a long-term contract, Buster Posey is expected to play for the Giants for the better part of the next decade. Simply put, he's one of the best players in the game, the guy around whom the Giants orbit.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Hunter Pence
    Right field

    Wide-eyed, slightly unorthodox and a man who favors high socks, Hunter Pence became a team leader when it counted in the postseason for the Giants. He is expected to be a dependable run producer, as he has been throughout his career.
    David J. Phillip | AP
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    Brandon Belt
    First base

    About mid-season, Brandon Belt seemed to figure things out at the plate, and his offense started to approximate his his first-rate glove work. He could be a long-term solution at first base.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Gregor Blanco
    Left field

    His catch (pictured) that saved Matt Cain's perfect game in June 2012 was just one of many spectacular and timely plays Gregor Blanco produced. The Giants' hope his hitting becomes more consistent, and he is expected to share time in left with Andres Torres, but Blanco has shown he knows how to help the team win.
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    Brandon Crawford
    Shortstop

    It's true his bat enlivened throughout 2012 after a slow start, and he had several key hits, but defense is Brandon Crawford's forte. No idle chatter is speculation that he could be a Gold Glove winner some day - soon.
    David J. Phillip | AP
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    2013 Giants: Starting pitching rotation
    Matt Cain
    Right-hander

    This iconic image of Cain celebrating completion of his perfect game against the Houston Astros reminds all that he is the team leader, steady and dependable and a consistent presence, now in his ninth season with the Giants.
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    Madison Bumgarner
    Left-hander

    Madison Bumgarner won 16 games in 2012 and is considered one of the league's best left-hand starters. His low-key approach and inning-eating stamina puts him among the main reasons Giants pitching is so highly respected.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Tim Lincecum
    Right-hander

    Tim Lincecum cut his hair and changed his workout habits in an attempt to turn things around after a poor 2012, during which he remained a fan favorite despite his troubles. The Giants hope for the two-time Cy Young Award winner to re-establish control of his fastball and rebuild the mystique that made him one of the game's most-respected starters.
    Ben Margot | AP
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    Barry Zito
    Left-hander

    Barry Zito's guts-and-glory victory over St. Louis in Game 5 of the NLCS stands as not only a career highlight for Zito, who went 15-8 in his finest season with the Giants in 2012, but also as a season-saving performance that launched the Giants on their final push to the World Series title.
    Elsa | Associated Press
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    Ryan Vogelsong
    Right-hander

    Entering the third season of his career resurrection with the Giants, Vogelsong has pitched well - sometimes brilliantly - ever since he re-joined the team in 2011. He played a key role in the Giants' comeback against St. Louis in the NLCS and also in his World Series start.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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