Shortstop Brandon Crawford is no dummy. He understands the benefits of hitting ahead of Pablo Sandoval rather than ahead of the pitcher.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that the former could happen in some games when second-place hitter Marco Scutaro is off.
"I love hitting second," Crawford said. "I'm happy to hit anywhere, but if he ever decides to put me there, I wouldn't be mad about it. It's one of the best places in the lineup to hit, as opposed to eighth, which is the worst."
Crawford went 3-for-3 from the two spot in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. He batted second in the minors and also during an 11-start stretch in May when Ryan Theriot was on the disabled list. Crawford batted .255 in that run after entering it at .219.
Bochy said Crawford's chances of hitting second depend on which infielder replaces Scutaro.
Vogelsong ready: Ryan Vogelsong reached 60 pitches in his final prep for Saturday night's start against Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He allowed three runs in three-plus innings in Monday's 6-2 loss to the White Sox.
All three runs scored in the fourth, two on a homer by Dewayne Wise after Vogelsong left the game. Vogelsong had not allowed a run in eight Cactus League innings before that.
He said he started to get the WBC itch while watching the early games from Taiwan and Japan. He figures his adrenaline will reach competition level as soon as he walks into Chase Field and pitches under the lights.


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