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Giants' rotation has issues

SAN FRANCISCO

Here's the news part of this column. Matt Cain will start Game1 at AT&T Park on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. That already was known.

Before Thursday's workout, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told media that Madison Bumgarner will start Game2 on Sunday.

"That's where we're going to leave it at right now," Bochy said. "We'll announce the rest of the rotation a little later."

My antennae started twitching at that point. I mean, he wouldn't say who will pitch in Cincinnati.

"Do you mind if I point something out?" I said.

"Sure," Bochy said.

"I like to compare and contrast. Two years ago, we pretty much knew what your rotation was at this point. So what's different?"

Bochy is an old-style gentleman — and that is the highest praise. But he's thrifty with explanations.

"It's really, I think, vital for us to have all hands on deck here for the first two games," he said. "If we want to use some guys in the rotation early here (out of the bullpen), then we'll do that. So, we want to keep our options open for Games 3, 4 and 5, and we may have to switch the order. So, instead of setting it right now, we just decided to announce Games1 and 2."


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