LOS ANGELES -- Ninety minutes before the Giants took the field at Dodger Stadium for batting practice, infielder Kelby Tomlinson walked over to shallow right field with bench coach Ron Wotus. The two spent about 15 minutes going through a refresher course, with Tomlinson working on staying low on short hops and keeping from tensing up.
Tomlinson has twice failed to turn double plays in the last week, and both errors were costly. He said they were two very different plays. On the ball in the ninth last week, Tomlinson didn't let his instincts take over, leading to an awkward catch attempt. Tomlinson felt he overran the ball last night.
After Friday's loss, manager Bruce Bochy said Tomlinson will need some time to adjust to his new role. He's been an everyday player his whole life, but now he may start once a week, and that start may come at a position -- shortstop -- he's not used to at this level.
"I think to some degree it's not what you're used to, but at the same time you still have to go out there and play well," Tomlinson said. "There are both sides to it, (not playing every day) is not an excuse."
Tomlinson said several players have given him a pep talk, including Brandon Crawford, Matt Duffy and Gregor Blanco. Crawford had a rough April series in Arizona in 2012 but quickly shook it off, and Duffy and Blanco know what it's like to come off the bench.
"It's frustrating to be at this point, but there's a lot of season left," Tomlinson said. "I still believe this team is going to win a lot of games, and I can be a part of that."
--- Fellow rookie Derek Law had a better night on Friday. Law got to go to dinner with his family after the game, and they went to a place known for having a lot of TVs. Unfortunately, every time the Giants-Dodgers highlights came up it was a whole lot of Clayton Kershaw and Enrique Hernandez.
Bochy reiterated Saturday how impressed he was with Law's first inning.
"They say players can be a little different once they see bright lights or the upper deck -- this place has both," Bochy said.
--- Sergio Romo was with the team Friday, and he was in a good mood. His timetable remains the same -- about two weeks off before throwing to test that flexor strain. Bochy said he talked to Romo, and the pitcher is doing well.
--- Bryce Harper tweeted out a picture of a bat decal with the '100' emoji on Monday. A couple days later, every team got a memo from MLB saying bat decals are allowed again, although the Giants who use them haven't switched back yet. Good for Harper for inadvertently forcing the issue. That original offseason rule change was pointless.
--- Bruce Bochy turns 61 today. The Giants are 3-6 on his birthday. How's his birthday going?
"This game will determine that," Bochy said.