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Today the Giants have landed in Pittsburgh, PA. Yesterday, the team announced they are giving the Big Horse, SP Matt Cain, an extra start off to allow the small cut on his finger to completely heal and that today in his place against the Pirates Yusmeiro Petit will get the start.

The Giants website mistakenly had Jake Austin Dunning, starting. So there was some confusion. But @hankschulman and @knbrmurph both confirmed this a.m. that it will in fact be Petit.

Yusmeiro Petit’s been killing it and it’s good to go with the guy who’s hot right now and to let Cain’s finger fully mend. Schulman’s piece is crisp and clarifying on all that has gone on.

Since the team put Cain on the DL, they had space for Dunning, a tall (6’4″), 26-year-old, right hander who pitched twice for the Giants last year. He was 0-2, but had 2.84 ERA. So Jake Dunning has been called up for long relief, for example in the instance of a Lincecum or Vogey implosion.

Dunning will not be facing Jeff Locke, who in a weird twist of fate, is in fact, making his season debut after coming off of injury. He is 11-13 as a Brave and left rookie status in 2012.

Raise the Jolly Roger says this about him

“We all know about Locke’s up and down season last year, which pretty much made him an afterthought coming into this year. Now, the way the pitching has looked, he has a chance to step up and give the staff a boost. He was off to a pretty shaky start in the minors, so my confidence isn’t all that high, but even if the Bucs can get lightning in a bottle for a few games, that would be huge.”

Which makes me feel like we are going to light this 23-year-old young man up!

Here’s your lineup:

  1. Pagan CF
  2. Pence RF
  3. Posey 1B
  4. Morse LF
  5. Sanchez C
  6. Sandoval 3B
  7. Hicks 2B
  8. Crawford SS
  9. Petit P

I like this one a LOT, especially against a young guy, just back from injury, like Locke.

I expect the Giants to score a lot of runs in this one. Pablo should be able to jump on this kid and hopefully snap the slump.