With Pablo Sandoval headed to the disabled list with a foot strain, utility man Joaquin Arias gets the start at third base in Tuesday’s game at Pittsburgh. Arias will bat eighth, just in front of starting pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum will be squaring off against right-hander Gerrit Cole, who is making his major league debut. Cole was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and has been excellent in the minor leagues, with a 2.84 ERA in 200 innings.
Timmy is looking to build on his previous start, when he allowed just four baserunners and one earned run in seven innings against Toronto.
The three-game game set that wraps up Thursday is San Francisco’s only trip to Pittsburgh this season. The Giants will host August 22-25 and the battle of baseball’s beautiful ballparks will be decided.
Here’s the lineup against RHP Gerrit Cole (0-0, 0.00 ERA):