LOS ANGELES -- It's not something Rockies manager Jim Tracy likes to do, but he wants to get Jason Giambi at-bats. He'd prefer if it weren't against one of the game's toughest lefties, Clayton Kershaw, but so be it.
"Tell him his manager's real aware of it," Tracy said. "And his manager squirms every time he has to go about doing it."
Giambi and catcher Paul Phillips were both given starts on Sunday as Todd Helton and Miguel Olivo were both given some rest. Tracy said he had been planning since the start of the series to have Olivo catch Ubaldo Jimenez and Jhoulys Chacin. Those two pitched the first two games of the three-game set that wraps up Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
"It's been awhile since I've given him a day off," Tracy said of Olivo.
Phillips hit eighth and Giambi sixth. Giambi's hitting .252 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 163 at-bats. He hasn't hit noticeably worse against left-handers this season, with a .250 mark in 44 at-bats against them.