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Call-ups likely as Fresno's season winds down

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants expect to call up infielders Emmanuel Burriss, Eugenio Velez and Ryan Rohlinger after today's season finale for Triple-A Fresno, but it doesn't appear top hitting prospect Brandon Belt will join them.

Belt, who stormed his way from Single-A San Jose to Fresno in his first pro season, isn't on the 40-man roster, and the Giants cannot clear a space for him without sacrificing a player.

They might have a vacancy if they sell the contract of Triple-A left-hander Alex Hinshaw to a team in Japan, but those negotiations haven't been finalized.

Manager Bruce Bochy said the club might promote one more pitcher, but it's no certainty that left-hander Dontrelle Willis is first in those discussions. Willis struck out two in a scoreless inning Saturday but had been set back by a fingernail issue and an illness.

The Giants would be better served with a long man such as right-hander Eric Hacker, although he isn't on the 40-man roster, either.

It also wouldn't be unprecedented for the Giants to make a trade in September, even though any new addition wouldn't be eligible for postseason play.

  • The Giants wouldn't lose any of their 81 home dates if they open the 2011 season with a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Taiwan, sources said.


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    If the series becomes a reality, the Giants still would play a full home schedule. The Diamondbacks would lose two home games because it's cheaper for Major League Baseball to compensate Arizona for lost gate receipts and other revenue.

    The clock is ticking to complete negotiations. Major League clubs are supposed to release their official schedules in concert on Sept. 15, and neither the Giants nor Diamondbacks have held a final vote to approve the proposal. Players are holding out for equal compensation for coaches and other members of the traveling party.

  • Bochy didn't win himself any popularity points with the fans back home by starting Jose Guillen one day after the right fielder struck out four times.

    "Part of this is standing behind the guy," Bochy said. "He's had tough nights. Guys respond in different ways. It might affect a younger guy, but not Jose. He's been around."

    -- ANDREW BAGGARLY