Angel Pagan hopes to be sparkplug at top of lineup 

click to enlarge Angel Pagan is expected to be the Giants' leadoff hitter heading into the 2012 season. - US PRESSWIRE FILE PHOTO
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  • Angel Pagan is expected to be the Giants' leadoff hitter heading into the 2012 season.

Angel Pagan is the guy who is supposed to set the table — along with adding some flash and dash — to the top of the Giants’ order.

Pagan, 30, is expected to hit leadoff after signing with San Francisco in the offseason.

The outfielder, who hit .262 with seven homers and 56 RBIs, converted 32 of 39 stolen base attempts last season for the New York Mets.

Pagan views his role this way: “Just get on base as much as possible so Pablo [Sandoval] and Buster [Posey] can bring me in. With the pitching staff we have, with the record we had last year, every time we scored three or more runs, our record was unbelievable.

“We have to play the little game, get the job done and put some points on the board early.”

From the outside looking in, Pagan considered San Francisco as among the toughest of all places to play.

“Now that I joined them, I’m looking to provide a spark at the top of the lineup, get on base a lot, put pressure on the bases, and get the job done in scoring runs,” he said. “That will be the difference in being a successful team.”

Notes: Matt Cain took a line drive in the leg during batting practice off the bat of Hector Sanchez. Also, Pablo Sandoval was hit in the side by Jeremy Affeldt. Both players were OK. ... The Giants plan to stage an intrasquad game Thursday morning.

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