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Giants vs. Diamondbacks Lineup: Pablo Sandoval Returns In Series Opener

The San Francisco Giants are looking to put even more distance between themselves and their foes in the National League West. With a little more than two weeks remaining in the 2012 season, the Giants hold a 7.5 game lead over the second-place Dodgers and are looking at a playoff bid for the second time in three years.

On Friday night the club will begin a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The lineups for both teams have been released. After missing Wednesday's game, third baseman Pablo Sandoval has returned to third base and is batting third.

Giants:

Angel Pagan - CF
Marco Scutaro - 2B
Pablo Sandoval - 4B
Buster Posey - C
Hunter Pence RF
Joaquin Arias - SS
Brandon Belt - 1B
Gregor Blanco - LF
Matt Cain - P

Diamondbacks:

Adam Eaton - CF
Aaron Hill - 2B
Jason Kubel - LF
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Miguel Montero - C
Justin Upton - RF
Ryan Wheeler - 1B
John McDonald - SS
Tyler Skaggs - P

First pitch from Chase Field is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. PT.

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