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Your daily personal catcher update (Tim Lincecum edition)

It looks like the pairing of Tim Lincecum and Hector Sanchez won’t be broken up on Tuesday, as Bruce Bochy explained this morning at his pregame press conference.

The San Francisco Giants are off on Monday before starting their series in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, Lincecum goes against Jordan Zimmerman. That game starts at 6:35 pm local time. Why not 7:35 pm? Because the schedule makers wanted to soften the blow that will be felt the next morning.

Wednesday’s first pitch time? 11:05 am EDT.

Because of the quick turnaround time between games, Bochy was going to have two different catchers going on Tuesday and Wednesday anyway. So it would appear Tuesday’s battery will be Lincecum/Sanchez, with Buster Posey catching Madison Bumgarner the following morning.

“I’ve got an 11 o’clock game. It’s coming off the break, (Posey’s) traveling. I’ll answer that question when we get there, but I know the scenario,” Bochy said.

“Our first bus leaves the hotel at 7 am, that’s the first I’ve seen at a game. The second’s 8 am to get to the ballpark. That’s a strange time, but obviously whoever catches the first one will not catch the second one.”

— As for why Posey’s playing first instead of Brandon Belt, it seemed more like Bochy decided there was no way Posey would sit as opposed to a desire to give Belt a rest.

“More of a day game after a night game. Sanchez is catching today. I know we put him with Zito, but that’s not the way it’s going to be all the time. But with the early game it just makes sense,” Bochy said.

So does that mean Posey will catch Zito sometime soon? Stay tuned…

— Pablo Sandoval is hitting sixth again today. What are the chances he’ll be moved up in the order? “Strong possibility here pretty soon. We’re just giving him time to get his swing back from the left side,” Bochy said.

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