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Breaking: Bochy benches Burrell, bets on Bumgarner brilliance

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy shuffled his lineup for Game 4 of the World Series, most notably by benching the slumping Pat Burrell(notes) and replacing him with Nate Schierholtz(notes).

The World Series is a dicey time for shakeups, but Burrell isn't giving Bochy much of a choice. He struck out four times in Game 3 and is 6 for 38 with 19 strikeouts and a .605 OPS in the playoffs.

"If somebody is not quite seeing the ball as well, we give them a break and just put somebody else out there," [Bochy said.] "We've gotten contributions from everybody and that's what we're doing with Pat. [...]

"Give Pat a chance to work on some things and to get [his] timing back. I expect to see him tomorrow out there."

Aubrey Huff(notes) shifts to DH, with Travis Ishikawa(notes) moving into the lineup at first base. After DHing in Game 3, Pablo Sandoval(notes) heads back to the bench.

The changes give the Giants quite a "National League" look.

Schierholtz, though he's regarded as the Giants best defensive outfielder, has not started since Sept. 15. He's not much of a hitter: .242/.311/.366 in 252 plate appearances in the regular season. He's 2 for 8 in the playoffs.

Ishikawa hasn't been in the starting lineup since Aug. 15. His offense (.266./.320/.392) is a little better than Schierholtz's. But neither is playing because of their bats.

Bochy said he wants to get his best defensive lineup on the field for the first pitch behind rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner(notes).

"Schierholtz and Ishy are usually in there at the end of the game, so we're starting it that way," [Bochy said.]

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