Rowand staying quiet on showdown with Padilla
Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla is scheduled to pitch at AT&T Park on Wednesday — the first time he'll tangle with the Giants since April 16, when his inside pitch broke Aaron Rowand's face in three places.
Rowand didn't say he harbors a grudge. He also didn't say the issue was dead.
"I'm not going to say a word about it," Rowand said. "I'm not going to stir the (pot). I figured it would come up, but honestly, I didn't know he was pitching in the series."
Padilla said in April that he wished to apologize to Rowand and explain the pitch was not intentional. But the players have not spoken.
Padilla has a reputation as a headhunter. He got embroiled in another dust-up over the weekend with the Yankees, when he hit Robinson Cano with a pitch and then got plunked by CC Sabathia.
So Padilla wasn't keen to discuss the Rowand incident Monday. But he maintained his innocence.
"I'm not trying to hit the guy in the face," he said.
If the Giants seek payback, it'll be up to left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to carry out orders.
"I think Timmy will tell you other parts of the game, like conditioning, can play a role," Bochy said. "Matt Cain will tell you it helped change him. He turned it up a notch in the conditioning part. That could be the case with Timmy."
It stands to reason that stamina is the root of Lincecum's velocity issues. He usually throws 93-94 mph in the first inning, but he hasn't maintained that speed into the middle or late innings.
An early stressful inning also has the effect of taking the zip off Lincecum's pitches. Bochy said that's why he took out Lincecum after three innings Sunday against the Red Sox.
"He was done," Bochy said. "He was fatigued. ... You could see him laboring."
— ANDREW BAGGARLY