Diving into the depths: San Francisco Giants

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This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
San Francisco Giants
1. Tim Lincecum
2. Matt Cain
3. Barry Zito
4. Jonathan Sanchez
5. Madison Bumgarner
6. Joe Martinez
7. Kevin Pucetas
8. Henry Sosa
9. Clayton Tanner
10. Steve Johnson
11. Craig Clark
While the concept of Bumgarner in the rotation to begin the season is pretty exciting, I think the Giants need to go out and get themselves a fifth starter, simply because they have so little depth. Martinez is a borderline major leaguer as a swingman, and none of the prospects are great bets. Pucetas is the only Triple-A veteran who would seem to be an option, and he had a 5.04 ERA for Fresno last year.
1. Brian Wilson
2. Jeremy Affeldt
3. Sergio Romo
4. Dan Runzler
5. Brandon Medders
6. Waldis Joaquin
7. Joe Martinez
8. Santiago Casilla
9. Alex Hinshaw
10. Madison Bumgarner
11. Kevin Pucetas
12. Steve Johnson
13. Denny Bautista
14. Osiris Matos
15. Eric Hacker
16. Steve Edlefsen
The bullpen should have five locks, and Joaquin will be able to nail down a spot with a strong spring. I liked the Casilla signing, but he’ll be left out if the team carries a second lefty along with Affeldt. The idea of having Bumgarner pitch out of the pen initially hasn’t been dismissed.

1. Bengie Molina
2. Eli Whiteside
3. Buster Posey
4. Steve Holm
First base
1. Aubrey Huff
2. Pablo Sandoval
3. Travis Ishikawa
4. John Bowker
5. Brett Pill
Second base
1. Freddy Sanchez
2. Juan Uribe
3. Eugenio Velez
4. Kevin Frandsen
5. Mark DeRosa
6. Emmanuel Burriss
7. Matt Downs
8. Ryan Rohlinger
Third base
1. Pablo Sandoval
2. Juan Uribe
3. Mark DeRosa
4. Matt Downs
5. Ryan Rohlinger
6. Kevin Frandsen
7. Conor Gillaspie
1. Edgar Renteria
2. Juan Uribe
3. Emmanuel Burriss
The Giants have 15 infielders (non-catchers) on the 40-man roster, if one counts DeRosa, Velez and Bowker. And now there’s talk of maybe giving Posey time at other positions.
It seems pretty clear that Frandsen, Downs and Rohlinger have no real future in the organization. The Giants, though, will probably keep one of them if Sanchez has to open the year on the DL.
Left field
1. Mark DeRosa
2. Andres Torres
3. Eugenio Velez
4. Fred Lewis
5. John Bowker
Center field
1. Aaron Rowand
2. Andres Torres
3. Eugenio Velez
4. Darren Ford
Right field
1. Nate Schierholtz
2. John Bowker
3. Fred Lewis
4. Andres Torres
5. Eugenio Velez
Right field is still a question mark. Schierholtz is supposed to be the favorite for the job. Bowker would likely outproduce him, but not by enough of a margin to make up for the difference in defense. Lewis could also factor in somehow, but I think he’ll end up as another team’s fourth outfielder by Opening Day.
Here’s my guess at the lineup and bench:
CF Rowand
2B Sanchez
3B Sandoval
1B Huff
LF DeRosa
C Molina
SS Renteria
RF Schierholtz

Cavaliers will move ring ceremony to avoid conflict with World Series start

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 11: A general exterior image of the Quicken Loans arena which is next door to Progressive Field where the Chicago White Sox will take on the Cleveland Indians on July 11, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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In a show of good sportsmanship, the Cleveland Cavaliers have moved their championship ring ceremony start time back to 7 PM EDT to avoid conflicting with the start of the World Series opener on Tuesday. The Indians are set to host Game 1 at Progressive Field on October 25, while the Cavs will open the 2016-17 NBA season against the New York Knicks at the nearby Quicken Loans Arena, preceded by a ceremony recognizing their first franchise title.

In the event that the Indians clinch a World Series title, it’ll be the first time Cleveland has seen two championships in the same calendar year since 1948, when the Indians’ last Series title came on the back of the Cleveland Browns’ All-American Football Conference championship against the Buffalo Bills. The same was true for the Dodgers in 1988, when their World Series win against the Athletics coincided with the Los Angeles Lakers’ 11th championship, while Chicago has yet to see a multi-title year among their NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB franchises.

Regardless of the Series’ outcome, Cleveland fans will get the chance to revel in one long-awaited championship win on Tuesday before watching the beginning of a nail-biting conclusion to another long-awaited playoff run. The Cavaliers are scheduled for 7 PM EDT on October 25, while the Indians will take the field at 8 PM EDT.

Indians could benefit from long rest before the World Series

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 9, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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If any team can turn a six-day rest period into an advantage, it’s the Indians. The club polished off their pennant race with another injured starter and an overtaxed bullpen, as Trevor Bauer exited in Game 3 of the ALCS with a laceration on his right pinky finger, leaving the bullpen to shoulder 16 innings through the last three games of the series. On Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reported that injured starter Danny Salazar could rejoin the rotation in the World Series, though he’ll need at least one more simulated game before Terry Francona determines whether or not he’s fit to return for the team’s last postseason push.

Bauer, who has been under the close watch of hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham, told the press that he feels confident that he’ll be ready for a World Series start when the final showdown commences on Tuesday. Keeping the wound bandaged is not an option during games, and Bauer said that Dr. Graham decided against additional stitches to keep the laceration from re-opening. Instead, they’re banking on extra days of rest to heal the cut naturally. Should Francona pencil the right-hander into the lineup for Game 3 or 4, he’ll have had 10-11 days to rest his finger between starts — just a hair under the seven games Bauer said he was prepared to pitch.

Salazar, too, has been preparing for a World Series showdown. He’s scheduled to pitch three innings of a simulated game this weekend, and if it goes well, it could land him a spot in the starting rotation alongside Bauer, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, and newcomer Ryan Merritt. Salazar has been sidelined since September 9 with a right forearm strain, and even after undergoing a rigorous throwing program over the last several weeks, any kind of comeback is expected to be curbed by a strict innings limit. Francona has been understandably tight-lipped about his World Series roster, but he hasn’t yet nixed the idea of utilizing Salazar out of the rotation, provided the right-hander remains healthy for another week or so.

The Indians have had to remain flexible throughout their seven-game playoff run after weathering injuries to Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, pushing their rotation through several games on short rest and relying heavily on Andrew Miller and Cody Allen‘s one-two punch in the ‘pen to clinch more than a few postseason victories. While history doesn’t always favor the first team to secure their league’s pennant race, an extra week of rest should only benefit Cleveland’s beleaguered pitching staff.