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Pagan joins Crawford in resting minor injuries

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortstop Brandon Crawford was out of the Giants' starting lineup for the second straight day with tightness in his right hamstring but did appear as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Crawford performed stretching exercises and took ground balls before the game to test his leg, particularly the hamstring area. Though Crawford said he felt better, he shared manager Bruce Bochy's caution by wanting to certify that he's completely healthy before returning to action.

"I'd like to," Crawford said, "so it's not bugging me for the whole season."

Center fielder Angel Pagan also rested, due to what Bochy called "a little knee soreness." Pagan grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Thursday, while Crawford hit a fly ball to record the final out of a 2-1 loss.

Bochy expressed confidence that Pagan, the switch-hitter who ranked fifth in the National League with a .383 batting average, will return to the starting lineup for Friday's series opener at San Diego.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.
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