Peavy sharp in final spring outing, turns sights to residence opener against Dodgers

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 10:57 AM

But he's also seen the LA Dodgers claim the N. L. W title each of the past two years, and that doesn’t sit well with the competitive right-hander.

Peavy sharp in final spring outing, turns sights to residence opener against Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy has a two thousand fourteen World Series ring to indicate for his season and a half in a Giants uniform. But he's also seen the LA Dodgers claim the N. L. W title each of the past two years, and that doesn’t sit well with the competitive right-hander.

The Giants and Dodgers again see love early front-runners in the division, and they’ll meet each other for the first time this season starting following Thursday in the Giants’ first residence series. And the starting assignment for the residence opener, as it lines up, will go to Peavy, who said the prospect still excites him in his fifteenth season.

"Anytime you obtain a chance to start your residence opener, it’s special," Peavy said. "You obtain it versus the Dodgers -- you can’t draw it up much better than that, as distant as the intensity and the rivalry goes.

"We’re gunning for that div title, and you’ve got to win in your division. Any opponent’s going to be special, but when it’s your rival, and your div rival, it adds that much more to it."

Peavy made his final spring training start Friday night in the Giants’ 3-0 win over the A’s and threw five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and a walk and struck out three in matching rotation mate Jeff Samardzija, who also threw five innings without giving up a running Thursday night.

The Giants left AZ with one of the highest spring training ERAs in the majors. But returning to the denser air and regular-season atmosphere of AT&T Park has seemed to benefit the pitching staff, which has held the A’s to one running over eighteen innings this series.

"All of them have really picked it up and thrown the ball well here this past week or ten days, all finishing up on a excellent note," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Good effort by Jake. He really hit his spots well, did a grand work of pitching."

Peavy finished spring with a 6.11 ERA but said it’s useless to draw any conclusion from spring numbers, particularly with a rotation love the Giants’ made up of veterans who aren't competing for jobs. For them, the contest starts Monday, when the Giants open on the road in Milwaukee before returning residence for the large four-game series against the Dodgers.

"But it’s fun seeing us string together some quality starts," Peavy said. "We hope the regular season looks a lot love the past few days."

Posey ready -- Buster Posey stayed in Friday’s game long sufficient to capture Peavy’s all outing, then was replaced by backup Trevor Brown. Bochy said that was planned and that it’s evident from Posey’s past few games that he’s prepared to start the season. Over the first two games of this series, Posey has five hits.

"He’s one of those guys that doesn’t necessity a lot of at-bats in the spring," Bochy said. "It’s a ordinary swing. I wasn’t concerned about the no of at-batas with him, just wanted to get care of him behind the plate."

Outfield too -- Bochy also saw encouraging signs from Denard Span, who closed quickly on a shallow fly ball in middle field, and Angel Pagan, who seemed to have number problems judging a pair of sharp line drives and continues to see comfortable at his new position in left. Span was held back early this spring after having hip surgery late last season.

"I think (Span’s) legs are where they necessity to be, and Pagan too," Bochy said. "Our defense was good … We love where they’re at in the outfield."

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