Spring odds & ends: Catch the Giants on TV

San Francisco Giants from across the country can get their first look at the 2010 Giants (or at least the players who hope to comprise the 2010 Giants) on Tuesday as the Giants game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., will be broadcast by the MLB Network.

The game is slated to start at 1:05 p.m. PDT, but MLB Network’s broadcast is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Giants Web site indicated the game will be aired tape-delayed. Tim Lincecum is schedule to start for the Giants vs. Cleveland.
Other Giants spring training games scheduled to be aired by the MLB Network this spring include March 20 vs. the Cincinnati Reds, March 25 vs. the Oakland A’s, March 27 against the Los Angeles Angels, April 1 and 2 vs. the Oakland A’s at AT&T Park and April 4 against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park.
The Giants’ 2010 season opener at Houston is schedule to be broadcast on ESPN2 on April 5.
More Giants on TV
The MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” will preview the 2010 season of the San Francisco Giants at 7 p.m. PDT on March 21. The show will be re-aired several times before Opening Day for folks who miss the March 21 airing or forget to set their DVR.

Battle for No. 5 rotation spot
Kevin Pucetas and Todd Wellemeyer have appeared to take the early lead in the battle for the No. 5 spots in the Giants starting rotation. 
With three perfect innings Saturday, Pucetas has a spring ERA of 0.00 in 7 innings pitched. Wellemeyer’s ERA is 2.00 in 10 innings of work. Madison Bumgarner has a 4.50 ERA in 4 IP after struggling with his control in his most recent outing.
Joe Martinez had been in the running at the start of camp. But Martinez, who gave up four runs in his lone inning of work this spring, has been bothered by elbow soreness. An MRI performed Thursday revealed only inflammation. He hopes to resuming throwing in a couple of days, but that will put him far behind the others.

Injury news
Manager Bruce Bochy made his strong declaration on the availability of second baseman Freddy Sanchez for the Giants’ April 5 season opener.
“He’s not going to be ready,” Bochy told Chris Haft of MLB.com. “He’s come along fine, but there’s not enough time.”
We would expect Sanchez, who is coming off shoulder surgery, to be ready to play by the second week of the regular season — barring any setbacks.

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