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Peavy likely to get nod Sunday vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Officially, the Giants' starter for Sunday's game against the Padres is the ubiquitous "To Be Announced." But, strengthening indications that were given Wednesday, Jake Peavy is looking more and more as if he'll take the ball for the series finale.

"He's doing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday, one day after Peavy threw in the bullpen and announced that his troublesome back felt fine. "The plan is to start him Sunday."

Bochy accounted for the presence of "TBA" by citing caution, wanting to make sure that Peavy's condition doesn't regress over the next couple of days.

In addition to checking in with Peavy, Bochy said that he also approached Ryan Vogelsong to discuss his role on the pitching staff. Bochy wanted to make sure that Vogelsong, as San Francisco's emergency starter, remains informed about whether he should prepare to start or relieve. Vogelsong replaced Peavy on Tuesday at Arizona and absorbed the decision in the Giants' 7-6 defeat, allowing all of the D-backs' runs in 4 2/3 innings.

• Bochy said that first baseman Brandon Belt (strained right groin) could be healed enough to start Monday's home opener against Colorado. Bochy was hoping to use Belt, who hurt himself Tuesday while chasing a foul popup, as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's game. Earlier Thursday, Belt tested his readiness by taking batting practice in an indoor cage.

• Though utility man Joaquin Arias filled in for Belt on Thursday, the Giants asked Matt Duffy, another handyman, to begin working out at first base in case he's needed there. Bochy said that he briefly considered starting Arias at third base and moving Casey McGehee to first on Thursday, but decided against moving the latter out of his usual position.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.
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