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Bochy Playing Chess Brilliantly With Giants

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Bochy's Giants have enough pitching to throw a wet blanket over most teams, but the team is largely a bunch of spare parts. Bochy had several junkyard teams with the Padres. He's practiced at mixing and matching. For all the fiddling Bochy did from 1999-2003, he still endured five consecutive losing seasons. Four of his other seven Padres teams reached the playoffs.

Bochy likens these Giants to the misfits in "The Dirty Dozen," a World War II movie. Which would make him Lee Marvin's character -- the U.S. Army major assigned 12 American criminals convicted of capital offenses and charged with whipping them into shape for an invasion.

It's a cute analogy.

"To manage a team like this," said Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, a smart guy that Bochy...

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