Pre-Game & Lineups Giants & Padres 3/3

By Denise Walos

Today the Giants ‘A’ squad will take on the Padres at home in Scottsdale. This is the first of two match-ups of the National League West rivals at Spring Training.

Tim Lincecum will make his spring training debut for the Giants and been throwing the ball extremely well since reporting to spring training. Lincecum credits this to continuing to work out and pitch in the off-season. In past years, he would arrive spring training having not thrown off a mound since the previous season ended.

Feb 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Tim Lincecum

(55) throws in the bullpen during camp at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan and Buster Posey all get a day off today. Joaquin Arias will start at 1B, Gregor Blanco in CF and Hector Sanchez behind the plate.

Belt had some neck stiffness yesterday but it’s nothing serious.

Blanco has been swinging the bat really well so far this spring.

Josh Johnson, formerly of the Bluejays, will make his spring training debut today for the Padres. Johnson signed a one year, $8MM deal with the team in the off-season. The RHP has spent most of this nine years in Florida and has a lifetime ERA of 3.40.

Xavier Nady, who played left field sporadically for Giants in 2012, was signed by the Padres in January and gets a start today at first base.