here is the fourth in a series of weekly stories on examining the giants, position by position.

infield corners

Niekro roared to 10 homers in the first half of 2005 while hitting .297, and observers felt he was living up to his power-stroking promise. Nagging injuries, however, precipitated a serious slide.

Mark Sweeney should fill in well if Niekro falters. The left-handed-hitting utilityman has posted 80 RBIs and 17 homers in 398 at-bats the past two years.

Brian Sabean said that he feels Peter Feliz can be a Gold Glove third sacker.
-rich draper,

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and in case you missed 'em, here are the 3 prior installments on the giants:

the starting rotation

relief pitching