Aurilia’s in the lineup for home finale

SAN FRANCISCO — Receiving a proper sendoff, Rich Aurilia, who’s likely in his last days as an active player with the Giants, was in the lineup for Thursday’s home finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Aurilia was slated to bat seventh and play first base in his first start since July 17.

Aurilia, 38, has spent 11 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Giants. He’ll likely receive a warm reception at AT&T Park from Giants fans, who consider him the last link to the club’s sustained excellence between 1997 and 2004. Aurilia spent most of that time as San Francisco’s starting shortstop, helping the team average 92 wins a year and reach the postseason or Wild Card playoff five times.<p/>

— Chris Haft


I hope the Giants are sending him out right tonight – he has always been such a positive, inspiring guy. It’s going to be sad to see him go, but hopefully he can still be a part of Giants baseball in another capacity.

So happy to see Richie in the starting line up. Thanks for the memories Richie! You are one of the truly great Giants and you will be in our hearts forever. Best wishes in whatever future you choose.

Sue, Allie and Dani

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