Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Preveiw: Game 3 Nats v. Giants Today

AP WASHINGTON SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Marco Scutaro to be in his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series, two days after National's St. Louis slugger rookie Bryce Harper Matt Holliday plowed into the San Francisco second baseman.

"I think so. It feels much better," Scutaro said Tuesday night after participating in a workout at Nats Busch Stadium. "I thought it was going to be worse. Normally, the next day is when you feel it the most."

Neither seemed too interested in any talk of retaliation.

"What's on our mind is to go out and play our best ball," Bochy said Tuesday night, a day before the best-of-seven series resumes at AT&T Park Busch Stadium with the Giants and Washington Nationals St. Louis Cardinals tied at one game apiece. "That's over. You have to move on."

Scutaro said a shutout from Matt Cain would be perfect and knew nothing about get-even plans. If Bryce Harper Matt Holliday approached him before the game, he joked that the Nationals Cardinals slugger would be in for a fight.

The recollection of the play was vivid.

"All of a sudden, I just saw this train coming," he said. "I didn't have time to do pretty much anything. I don't even know how I threw the ball to first, but I think I did, huh?"

He added that if Harper Holliday had slid any farther, "probably you're going to make it to shortstop."

Cain, who will face fellow 13-game winner Ross Detwiler 16-game winner Kyle Lohse, said little about any possible animosity. Cain added that he wouldn't be afraid to throw inside against Harper Holliday.

Detwiller Lohse hopes to end a string of early exits for Nats Cardinals starters in Game 3. He's all about efficiency, avoiding extended at-bats and letting hitters get themselves out.

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