San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto works against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 17, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Lenny Ignelzi
July 23, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Johnny Cueto was set to start for San Francisco against the New York Yankees on Saturday and Jeff Samardzija in the series finale, which Giants manager Bruce Bochy said was his plan all long.

Samardzija had been listed as Saturday's starter, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was not notified of the change until noon, about 4 hours before game time.

Bochy, whose first-place team is in a season-high, six-game losing streak, attributed the confusion to a failure to inform the Giants' media relations staff.

''We thought we had done it. This wasn't done last night, which a lot of people think,'' Bochy said. ''I guess it's our fault for not putting it out there a little sooner. I think it was more we took for granted that everybody knew that.''

Cueto, the NL's All-Star starter, follows staff ace Madison Bumgarner, who did not get a decision in Friday's series opener.

Both pitchers will be making their second start since the All-Star break. Samardzija did not get a decision in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at San Diego on July 16, and Cueto took the loss in a 5-3 defeat to the Padres the following day - his first loss since April 21. Cueto had pitched that day after waking up with pain in his left side.

You May Like