Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Marco Scutaro to be on his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series, two days after St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday plowed into the San Francisco second baseman.
ST. LOUIS — Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Marco Scutaro to be on his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series, two days after St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday plowed into the San Francisco second baseman.
“I think so. It feels much better,” Scutaro said Tuesday night after a workout at Busch Stadium. “I thought it was going to be worse.”
Neither seemed interested in talk of retaliation for Holliday’s late slide while breaking up a double-play attempt.
“What’s on our mind is to go out and play our best ball,” Bochy said Tuesday night, a day before the best-of-seven series resumes with the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals tied at one game apiece. “That’s over. You have to move on.”
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Scutaro said he knew nothing about get-even plans. He joked that if Holliday approached him before the game, the Cardinals slugger would be in for a fight.
Results of an MRI exam showed Scutaro has a strained left hip. Bochy said Scutaro also had a sore left knee.
Bochy reiterated his opinion that Holliday had made an “illegal slide,” but said he hadn’t talked with St. Louis manager Mike Matheny or anyone else on the Cardinals.
“I don’t think there was intent, to be honest, hurting somebody,” Bochy said. “But it was late.”
Holliday defended his action.
“When I’m at first and see a grounder to short, I’m just trying to make sure they can’t turn the double play,” Holliday said. “He was right on second base. I hope he’s OK. He’s a good guy.”
Giants ace Matt Cain, who will face fellow 16-game winner Kyle Lohse in Game 3, said he wouldn’t be afraid to throw inside against Holliday.
“You’ve got to go out there and pitch your game,” Cain said. “If something gets away from me inside, that’s kind of part of the game.”
The 36-year-old Scutaro was an unexpected find for the Giants, batting .362 with 40 runs and 44 runs batted in after being acquired in late July from the Colorado Rockies for a minor-league infielder.
“He’s driven in a lot of two-out runs and gotten rallies going for us as well,” Cain said. “He’s been really, really big for us.”
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