Tuesday tidbits: Molina, Rasmus

Belated tidbits. I’m working on some national stuff for another night, which means game coverage is again in the capable hands of associate reporter B.J. Rains. Check out his blog at BJRains.MLBlogs.com.

* Yadier Molina is back in the lineup after sitting out a couple of days due to a bruised thigh, which he suffered in a collision with Michael Cuddyer on Saturday.

* Colby Rasmus is considered playable after missing some time with a hiatal hernia (which, for those concerned, is drastically different from a sports hernia). However, with lefty Randy Johnson on the mound for the Giants, Rasmus will sit out another night.

* The lineup looked a bit odd today, with Mark DeRosa at third while Joe Thurston is in the outfield, and Tyler Greene at second base while Brendan Ryan is at short. According to TLR, in both cases it has to do with regular roles. He expects DeRosa to play a lot at third, and Ryan to play a lot at short, so he wanted to minimize the disruption to those two guys. It seems to me the better defensive lineup might have DeRo in the outfield and Thurston at 3B, and Greene at SS with Ryan at 2B, but that is the reasoning.

* Additionally, DeRosa is in the 2 spot tonight because he’s had a hard time against Johnson. Normally he’ll hit fourth against lefties, but Johnson is not a good matchup for him so he’s in the 2 spot instead.

Today’s playlist, round two of Bay Area tunes:
Counting Crows, “Angels of the Silences”
Cake, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (Sacramento, but that’s pretty close)
Primus, “Tommy the Cat”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “In Like the Rose”
The Donnas: “Hot Pants”
(wonder if I can do four of these?)

-M.

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