Marco Scutaro in Giants' lineup
Second baseman Marco Scutaro is in the San Francisco Giants' lineup for Game 3 against the Cardinals on Wednesday despite injuring his left hip during Game 2 on a hard slide by St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday.
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Scutaro, batting second, flied out to center in his first at-bat and finished 2 for 5 in the Giants' 3-1 loss.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy on Tuesday had said there was a "good chance" Scutaro would play.
Bochy said an MRI showed that Scutaro had a hip strain and contusion.
Scutaro went down in the first inning of the Giants' 7-1 Game 2 win, then hit a two-run single in the fourth before coming out of the game after the fifth inning.
Following the game, Bochy said: "I really think they got away with an illegal slide there."
Entering Wednesday's game, Scutaro was batting .250 (7-for-28) with three RBIs this postseason. The 36-year-old infielder was among the Giants' most steady players down the stretch as the club won its second NL West crown in three seasons. Acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 27, he hit .306 with seven home runs and 74 RBIs overall this season.
Asked whether he was upset with Holliday, Scutaro replied: "After I saw the replay, kind of. He's a guy who always plays hard. I think he just kind of slid a little late. I guess he didn't try to do that. He was just coming full speed. But to be honest, I'm just happy that nothing real bad happened, and I'll be able to probably play tomorrow."
The Cardinals, however, continue to defend Holliday. Teammates said Holliday was so upset about what happened to Scutaro, he asked Giants catcher Buster Posey during the game to relay his apologies, then attempted to call Scutaro afterward. And Scutaro confirmed that, but said he still hadn't spoken with Holliday because he was away from the clubhouse getting X-rayed when Holliday called.
Information from ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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