BELT’S BACK-TO-BACK HR GAMES… With his three-run HR in the 1st inning last night, Brandon Belt became the first Giants player to homer in the first two games of the season since 2003 (Ray Durham and Benito Santiago)…only two Giants players have homered in the first three games of the season: Kevin
Mitchell in 1991 (three HRs – April 9-11) and Willie Mays in 1971 (four HRs – April 6-10).
GIANTS VS. THE WEST.. The Giants’ first 22 games this season and 25 of their first 28 will come against NL West opponents (March 31-April 30)…the only team outside the division that the Giants will play in the month of April will be a three-game home series against the Cleveland Indians, April 25-27…SF went 44-32 (.579) against the NL West last season, which ranked as the best mark within the division.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Got his body into shape this past off season and dropped nearly 30 pounds…trained in Venezuela, where he worked with trainer Rafael Alvarez, who helped keep Bobby Abreu in the Majors into his late 30s…Sandoval’s brother, a chef, continued to cook his meals.
JUAN GUTIERREZ… Split the 2013 campaign between Kansas City and Los Angeles-AL, combining to go 1-5 with a 4.23 ERA (26er, 55.1ip) in 53 relief appearances.