• Bengie Molina, who played four of his 13 seasons with the Giants, received a standing ovation in his return to AT&T Park as the Cardinals' assistant hitting coach Friday. Molina hit .276 in 472 games with the organization. Manager Mike Matheny, who closed his career in San Francisco, also received a warm welcome.
• Both managers Matheny and Bruce Bochy said that there is no lingering animosity from the hard slide Matt Holliday took into Giants infielder Marco Scutaro during the NLCS last fall. The incident came in Game 2 and was described by Bochy afterward as "an illegal slide." Scutaro left that game early but returned to the field in Game 3 and eventually became the Most Valuable Player of the series.
"We play the game hard. They play the game hard," Matheny said Friday. "I imagine it was because of the stage that we were on that that thing was kind of over-magnified. We all go about the game the right way. Move on."
The play, though, wasn't so quickly forgotten by the fans, who did not greet Holliday all that kindly during pregame introductions.
• Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras was not scheduled to play in Triple-A Memphis' season opener Friday, as he was traveling back from the Dominican Republic. Taveras recently returned to his home due to a family matter.