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Hunter Strickland accepting different role upon return to Giants

CINCINNATI–For the second straight game, the Giants exhausted their bullpen as manager Bruce Bochy used five pitchers in relief of spot starter Casey Kelly in Friday’s 11-inning loss.

Many of those relievers could use a breather Saturday, and there are two reasons they should have a chance to receive one against the Reds. The Giants will send ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound against Cincinnati, but they’ll also welcome back right-hander Hunter Strickland (fractured hand) from the 60-day disabled list.

Strickland began the season as the Giants closer, but he’s returning as a set-up man after missing more than two months with a self-inflicted injury.