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Giants won't use fifth starter until April 10

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LOS ANGELES -- As anticipated, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the Giants will indeed stick with their four-man starting rotation as long as they possibly can due to scheduled off-days. The exclusivity period ends with the April 10 game against Arizona at AT&T Park.

That'll mark the first day the Giants will need a fifth starter. It was supposed to be Opening Day winner Ty Blach, but the injuries to Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija enabled the left-hander to slide into the rotation earlier.

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LOS ANGELES -- As anticipated, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the Giants will indeed stick with their four-man starting rotation as long as they possibly can due to scheduled off-days. The exclusivity period ends with the April 10 game against Arizona at AT&T Park.

That'll mark the first day the Giants will need a fifth starter. It was supposed to be Opening Day winner Ty Blach, but the injuries to Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija enabled the left-hander to slide into the rotation earlier.

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Possible choices for that April 10 start include left-hander Andrew Suarez and right-hander Tyler Beede, who are beginning the season with Triple-A Sacramento. The Giants also could entrust the game to the bullpen -- particularly right-handers Pierce Johnson and Roberto Gomez, whom Bochy considers as surrogate long relievers. But that sort of thing rarely happens in the regular season and is more of a Spring Training ploy.

Bochy already has done plenty of thinking about this game. Asked if he already had determined who might receive this assignment, he replied, "Yeah."

• Bochy said Samardzija, who's recovering from a strained right pectoral muscle, played catch at distances up to 90 feet.

• The Giants' 1-0 triumph over Los Angeles on Thursday was their first by that score in franchise history on Opening Day. It also was San Francisco's first 1-0 win at Dodger Stadium and its first by that score over the Dodgers since Sept. 21, 2008.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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