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Friday, April 13, 2012
Clearing the bases: Reyes off to slow start

By David Schoenfield

First base: Time to ditch The Beard? Giants closer Brian Wilson struggled in a 32-pitch ninth inning, allowing three hits and walking in a run. He also twisted his ankle during one pitch on his final batter faced, although stayed in to record his first save. After throwing 24 pitches in Wednesday's blowout loss, Wilson will be unavailable on Friday. Remember, after his monster 2010 when he was a key figure in the Giants' World Series run, Wilson wasn't that good in 2011, in part as he pitched through some elbow issues. His strikeouts were down and his walks were up. He saved 36 of 41 games, but his peripherals were terrible. Something to watch ... along with Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey's shingles.

Second base: Fenway is a dump (says Luke Scott). Ahh, Luke Scott, he's so lovable and cuddly. The Rays play the Red Sox this weekend and Scott isn't looking forward to the cramped confines of the ol' ballpark. "As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump," Scott told MLB.com. Scott does have a point, saying it's hard for players to get their work in, that visiting players have to share a weight room with the Red Sox, and so on. Still, should make for a fun pregame introduction during Friday's home opener.

Third base: Ground Marlin. Jose Reyes is off to a slow start for the 2-5 Marlins, hitting .233 with no walks and as many caught stealings (2) as stolen bases. ESPN Stats & Information reports on something to watch: He got off to a hot start in 2011 because he was getting hits and groundballs from the left side of the plate. He hit .354 (35-for-99) in the first half on grounders batting left-handed ... but just .203 (12-for-59) in the second half. Early on, he's 1-for-9 in 2012.

Home plate: Tweet of the day.

#RealTalk... Not playing & being in this training room is for the birds... I'm going CRAZY right now!!!! #NoBueno

Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) April 12, 2012