SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy said that he had wanted to give his bench players playing time soon after the All-Star break, and the quick turnaround from Saturday night's 12-inning game and Sunday's 1:05 p.m. PT start made for a good opportunity.
Emmanuel Burriss got the start at second base and batted second in the series finale against the Astros, while Nate Schierholtz started in right.
"It's to keep these guys fresh, but also when you have four days off it's important to get the other guys in because they haven't had any playing time," Bochy said. "A couple of them will tell you that their timing is off a little bit with the All-Star break. I was going to get them in as soon as I could."
Bochy said Saturday that he was planning on starting Schierholtz on Sunday with Melky Cabrera leaving the team after Saturday's game for the birth of his child, but that he didn't know when Burriss would get a start.
Saturday's four-hour, extra-inning win changed his plans, which combined with Ryan Theriot missing the team's workout on Thursday after a car accident over the All-Star break.
"After yesterday, I wanted some fresh legs out there," Bochy said. "And with Theriot, the situation was that he missed the workout and I'm a little concerned with him being a little washed out after flying in late Thursday."
Melky leaves Giants for birth of child
SAN FRANCISCO -- Melky Cabrera flew to Orlando, Fla., right after Saturday's 12-inning win for the birth of his child and was out for Sunday's series finale against the Astros.
"He took the red eye last night, he barely made it with the extra-inning game," manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday. "I don't know if there was any player more excited when we won because he had the flight, too, in his mind."
Gregor Blanco shifted over from right field to start at left, with Nate Schierholtz starting in right.
The Giants are off Monday, and Cabrera will rejoin the team for Tuesday's game at Atlanta.
"It is a big day, I know he's really excited about it," Bochy said. "We'll miss him for a day, but he'll be ready for the first game in Atlanta, so it'll be a one-day deal with the day off."
Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.