Giants expect Scutaro to play despite hip injury
Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is expected to play tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals after injuring his hip during Game 2 of the N.L. championship series.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday there is a “good chance” Scutaro will play in Game 3. The best-of-7 series is tied at one apiece.
Bochy said Scutaro is “doing fine,” along with first-base coach Roberto Kelly, who sustained a concussion during batting practice Saturday when he was hit by a ball off the bat of Buster Posey. Kelly missed Games 1 and 2 but traveled with the team to St. Louis on Tuesday, Bochy said.
Scutaro strained his left hip when Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday crashed into him with a hard slide in Game 2 on Monday night at AT&T Park. Scutaro had an MRI exam after the game. X-rays were negative.
Scutaro went down in the first inning of the Giants’ 7-1 win, then hit a two-run single in the fourth before coming out of the game after the fifth inning.
“We’re being hopeful he can go. The MRI did show a left hip strain and contusion,” Bochy said. “His left knee’s a little sore. He’ll get treatment and we’ll see where he is tomorrow. … It’s going to affect his hitting, too, if he’s not quite right. I will say he’s more optimistic about where he’s at right now than when it first happened.”
Scutaro is batting .250 (7 for 28) with three RBIs this postseason.
Cardinals back home
Kyle Lohse is all about efficiency, about avoiding extended at-bats and letting the hitters get themselves out.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in a spot where they could really use that kind of game. The 16-game winner can pitch his team to the lead tonight in the N.L. championship series.
St. Louis has gone three straight games without a starter getting an out in the fifth inning. Lohse gets a chance to end that troubling trend when he faces Matt Cain in a matchup of 16-game winners.
Boston interviews Pena
New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena is the second person to be interviewed as the Red Sox continue to search for Bobby Valentine’s replacement.
The former Red Sox catcher and Kansas City Royals manager was interviewed on Monday, an off day in the A.L. championship series between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.
A Gold Glove auction
Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is planning to auction his 13 Gold Gloves and a pair of World Series rings he received from the St. Louis Cardinals in retirement.
SCP Auctions said that bidding for the online sale will start Nov. 14 and end Dec. 1. SCP said Smith decided on the auction, which also includes 11 All-Star game rings, as part of estate and family planning.
In a separate sale, bidding began Tuesday at Goldin Auctions for Pete Rose’s copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball.
Clearing the bases
Mike Trout is the first rookie to win Baseball America’s player of the year award. Trout also was honored with the publication’s rookie of the year award. … Braves catcher Brian McCann could be ready for the first month of the 2013 season after having surgery for an injury to his right shoulder.