TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2012 season opener…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (13-14, 2.74 in ‘11) will face Diamondbacks’ right-hander Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 in ‘11)…
HAPPY LINCECUM DAY!...RHP Tim Lincecumwill be making his 4th-consecutive Opening Day start for the Giants...the only other SF Giant with more Opening Day starts is Juan Marichal, who started 10 lid-lifters for the Giants (1962, 1964-69, 1971-73)... Lincecum is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA (3er, 17.0ip) in his 3 Opening Day starts.
THE GIANTS...Will embark on their 130th season overall, 55th in San Francisco, in today’s season opener here at Chase Field...the franchise owns a 10,522-9,034 (.538) record over its 1st 129 years, which is the most wins by any ML team.
HOMEGROWN ROSTER...Of the Giants’ current 25-man roster, 15 players, including Buster Posey, are considered homegrown, meaning they have been drafted by San Francisco...last season the Giants had 10 homegrown players on their Opening Day roster.
THE SKIPPER....Manager Bruce Bochy is entering his 6th year at the helm of the Giants, and has managed 810 games for the Orange and Black...the Giants have posted a 409- 401 (.505) record during his 5-year tenure.
THE ROSTER...Gregor Blanco was the only non-roster invitee to make the club.
• SF enters 2012 slate with 13 players from its 2011 25-man Opening Day roster.
THE FIRST-TIMERS...SF has 4 players making their 1st appearances on the Opening Day roster: IF Brandon Crawford, RHP Daniel Otero, IF Brett Pill and C Hector Sanchez.
REHAB START...RHP Ryan Vogelsong started triple-A Fresno’s opener last night in Tucson...Vogelsong tossed 4.0 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and 6 Ks...he threw 83 pitches and did not factor into the decision...the Grizzlies defeated the Padres 3-0.