SAN FRANCISCO -- A No. 42 jersey hung in every locker in the Giants’ clubhouse this afternoon, as Major League Baseball continues its tradition of honoring Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of the day he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.
It’ll be the first year since No. 42 was retired in 1997 that MLB breaks out these jerseys with no active players currently wearing the number. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season, was the last.
"No man impacted or influenced baseball and society, I think, as much as Jackie did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Really incredible what he had to deal with, and being the player that he was, I think everybody reveres and respects this man for what he did."
In Giants news, Bochy said reliever Jeremy Affeldt will likely be activated from the DL on Wednesday. Bochy said Affeldt is "ready to go," but Affeldt threw two innings in a rehab game a few days ago, so there’s no rush with bringing him back after the off-day.
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Bochy was also asked about Marco Scutaro, who remains in Arizona rehabbing his back, and said there’s no news -- which isn’t exactly good news. There’s no target date for the second baseman returning, and Bochy said Scutaro is "still having his real good days and then days we have to back off a little bit. I can’t say he’s close right now."
The Dodgers, meanwhile, activated reliever Brian Wilson from the disabled list today -- just in time for Wilson to be available for game one of this series. Los Angeles sent down left-hander Paco Rodriguez to make room for Wilson, with manager Don Mattingly saying the decision came down to Rodriguez having options left.
Here’s the Giants’ lineup tonight behind Tim Lincecum, who’s still searching for his first win of the season:
And the Dodgers’ lineup behind Josh Beckett, who’s making his second start:
Lincecum will be trying to rebound from his start against the Diamondbacks last week in which he allowed seven runs for just the seventh time in his career. He needs to be better early -- five of his 11 runs allowed on the season have come in the first inning.