SF Giants Player Wire 4/11/12

The latest news on Zito, Belt, Posey, Cabrera, Schierholtz and Lincecum.

Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants) (4/11/2012)
LHP Barry Zito's next start will be Saturday against the Pirates on Saturday. It's a home game, the first time Zito will pitch in front of Giants fans, and they'll likely greet him positively after he shut out the Rockies in his 2012 debut. On his nine scoreless innings, Zito said, "You don't want to try to go out there and pitch a shutout. It's pretty much impossible to get outs when you're trying to get outs instead of just making pitches."

Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants) (4/11/2012)
1B Brandon Belt gets Giants fans' blood boiling, especially when he's out of the lineup as he was Monday. Manager Bruce Bochy rested Belt after just three games. Yes, Belt was ineffective (1-for-10). Yes, he said he was pressing. But Bochy made Belt the first baseman, at least against right-handed pitchers, and the Rockies threw a right-hander on Monday. Still, no Belt. Well, he'll return to the lineup Wednesday.

Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) (4/11/2012)
C Buster Posey will return to the lineup after a two-day break. He played all three games in Arizona and stepped aside for rookie C Hector Sanchez, who caught LHP Barry Zito's shutout. Posey played his first series since his season-ending leg injuries, the result of a home-plate collision, in May.

Melky Cabrera (San Francisco Giants) (4/11/2012)
OF Melky Cabrera can't wait for Wednesday's game. He'll face RHP Jeremy Guthrie, the Rockies' starter. Against Guthrie, Cabrera is a .355 hitter (11-for-31). Cabrera was a Royal last year, Guthrie an Oriole.

Nate Schierholtz (San Francisco Giants) (4/11/2012)
RF Nate Schierholtz could start one of the final two games of the series, according to manager Bruce Bochy. Schierholtz was 4-for-10 with two homers at Coors Field last year. One of the homers was estimated at 467 feet. He had one at-bat in the Giants' first four games.

Tim Lincecum (San Francisco Giants) (4/11/2012)
RHP Tim Lincecum starts Wednesday in Colorado. He struggled late in spring training, and it carried over to his first start in Arizona, when he gave up three runs in the first inning. Lincecum, however, has a respectable 3.63 ERA in 10 starts at Coors Field.

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