-- The opening-week festivities at AT&T Park continue tonight with Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner receiving their 2014 Silver Slugger Awards before the Giants play the Colorado Rockies. Neither bat, however, will be in the lineup as the Giants try to snap a four-game losing streak.
Posey gets his first night off of the season tonight. Manager Bruce Bochy said it’s normal rest for the catcher. The Giants are starting the season with 14 consecutive games and Posey was going to be off for at least one of them, Bochy said. Hector Sanchez could start consecutive games, catching Tim Lincecum tomorrow with Posey at first base.
The Giants have scored six runs over their last four games and Posey’s absence doesn’t help a lineup already missing Hunter Pence and still without Casey McGehee. Bochy said it’s "not easy" to sit Posey, "but it has to be done. Better for him and for the club, as we always talk about, looking at the big picture."
Posey is available off the bench. McGehee could be, too -- the third baseman said he hit in the cage and played catch this afternoon and progress from his knee bruise is "going forward." McGehee said he’s getting antsy -- "I want to go run and see what happens" -- but is heeding the advice of trainer Dave Groeschner to take things slow.
"He’s doing a lot better," Bochy said. "He’s making progress. Not quite ready."
The Posey-and-McGehee-less lineup against Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman:
And the Rockies’ lineup against Tim Hudson:
* Hunter Pence is scheduled to get another X-ray on his forearm today, after which Bochy said the Giants could get a better idea of when Pence can start swinging a bat.
"Far as his status, nothing has changed, except he’s making improvement," Bochy said.
* Matt Cain is still more than a week away from throwing, and Bochy said the Giants are "going to have to slow-play him a little bit with the setback." That means you’ll see more of Chris Heston, who allowed two runs in seven innings in the home opener Monday but took the loss as the Giants were shut out.
* About that opener: According to the Giants’ game notes, they became the first team in more than 60 years and fourth ever to win the World Series, then get shut out in their next home opener. The others were the 1915 Boston Braves and the New York Yankees in 1948 and 1953. They’ll probably take the ring.