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Kieschnick getting big league education

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy was asked to evaluate Roger Kieschnick since he was recalled from Triple-A on July 29.

The bottom line: Kieschnick, who entered Saturday batting .290 in nine games (eight starts), is doing just fine.

"He's done all right," Bochy said "He's gotten off to a good start. Now he's had a couple of games where he hasn't had some success and he's got to deal with that part of it. Overall, he's been OK. You're going to have growing pains with younger players."

The most painful part of Kieschnick's time with the Giants thus far was probably Friday night's close loss to the Orioles, when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Kieschnick was not in the starting lineup Saturday, but he'll get more opportunities.

"Hopefully last night was a learning experience for him," Bochy said. "He got a little aggressive there. He's going to get playing time and we're going to get a good look at him."

Willie Bans is a contributor to
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