2007 Giants' starters 

The lineup: DAVE ROBERTS, CENTER FIELD. The ex-Dodger is still a dangerous leadoff hitter, able to bunt his way on and steal, which the Giants have been sorely lacking. Also still has a decent glove.

OMAR VIZQUEL, SHORTSTOP

» Free-agent-to-be continues to dazzle defensively. Will complement Roberts at the top of the order with his ability to move the runner.

BARRY BONDS, LEFT FIELD

» Everyone knows the only thing that really slows the slugger down is his cranky knees. He enters perhaps his final season as healthy as can be.

RAY DURHAM, SECOND BASE

» Finally realized last year that he was more of a power hitter than his old speedster self and cranked out a career-high 26 homers.

RICH AURILIA, FIRST BASE

» Popular ex-shortstop returns afterspending three years in Seattle, San Diego and Cincinnati. Showed last year he can still hit (.300 with 22 homers).

PEDRO FELIZ, THIRD BASE

» Only hit .244 in 2006, but managed to reach 20 homers and 80 RBIs for third straight season, including team-high 98 RBIs. Solid glove.

RANDY WINN, RIGHT FIELD

» Played with a knee injury for much of the season, which contributed to his .262 batting average, his worst since 2000. Shifts to right from center.

BENGIE MOLINA, CATCHER

» Former Gold Glove backstop doesn’t have the defensive abilities he once had, but will be asked to mold one of the better starting staffs in baseball.

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The Rotation

BARRY ZITO, LEFT-HANDER

» After playing in the relative obscurity of Oakland, lefty got richest deal in baseball history for a pitcher. The spotlight is on, so how will he respond?

MATT CAIN, RIGHT-HANDER

» After some early-season struggles and a brief benching, fireballer showed what everyone expected — the composure and stuff of a future ace.

NOAH LOWRY, LEFT-HANDER

» Started disastrously when he was injured in home opener. Allowed three earned runs or less in 16 of 27 starts, but had career-high 4.74 ERA.

MATT MORRIS, RIGHT-HANDER

» Never lived up to billing as a No. 2 last year. Questions about his health plagued him in last month. Produced just 10 wins and career-worst 4.98 ERA.

RUSS ORTIZ, RIGHT-HANDER

» Would-be star of 2002 World Series for Giants has been diminished to a journeyman by virtue of his 5-19 record and 7.33 ERA the last two years.

The Closer

ARMANDO BENITEZ, RIGHT-HANDER

» Has second-lowest opponent batting average among active relievers (.191). But left knee issues and inconsistency make him a question mark.

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