San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals: Pre-Game Notes and Lineups


Feb 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) stretches during camp at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants will take on the Kansas City Royals today at Surprise Stadium. Game time is 12:05 pm PST. It’s the first meeting between the two teams this spring. Here’s what today’s lineups look like.

San Francisco Giants Lineup

As you can see, Tim Linceum is on the mound today for the Giants. Hunter Pence is in the lineup yet again, after talking his way into the lineup yesterday. This guy is pure beast mode. We’ll also get another look at Mark Minicozzi who has been making some waves this spring.

John Shea has an update on Marco Scutaro and his back issues. SPOILER ALERT: He’s still not ready…but says he’s improving.

Tim Hudson apparently had his ankles iced down yesterday after pitching 3 innings. It seems today he’s all better, per Andrew Baggarly.

San Francisco starting pitchers have posted a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings pitched this Spring. That #3 in all of MLB behind the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners. They’ve given up just 12 hits and 0 home runs. I know it’s early, and that eventually, they’ll give up a home run and increase their ERA this spring, but I like what I’m seeing so far with this rotation.

Kansas City Royals Lineup

In other Royals news today, Luke Hochevar will be undergoing Tommy John surgery and former Giants pitcher, Brad Penny, was released today.

Update: It was reported that Penny punched a wall on Thursday, presumably after being cut. However, the man himself says that “sources” were wrong.

The Royals are also playing a ‘B’ game today against the Texas Rangers. In case you’re curious who playing in that game, and that we likely won’t see in our game today, here’s the ‘B’ game lineup.

For your “awww” moment, Gregor Blanco posted a photo of his glove next to his son’s glove at Scottsdale Stadium.

On a personal note, some of our ATF staff are already in Arizona and the rest of us are making our way there by tonight. Make sure you let us know if you’re going to be in town. We’d love to hang out and enjoy some “lemonade, lemonade, just like Grandma made,” with you.