Ortiz excels: Look for the Giants to announce any day that Russ Ortiz has won a rotation spot, a formality given how he has thrown. Ortiz not only became the first Giants starter to work into the fifth inning, he went six, allowing two solo home runs. One was a wind-aided cheapie by Nelson Cruz, the other a legitimate shot to center by Ian Kinsler.
Ortiz retired the first nine Rangers and struck out six. He has a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings. When the Giants do announce Ortiz is in the rotation, "I'll be the most excited guy on the team," he said, "even more excited than a young guy just because I went from high up to way down and have a team that believes in me."
Look for Russ to crank up the music loud in the Giants clubhouse on the day he starts and tell everybody that it's "Ortiz Time!"