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Angel Pagan (finger) back in Giants’ lineup for finale against Padres

San Francisco’s Angel Pagan hits an RBI sacrifice fly.
San Francisco’s Angel Pagan hits an RBI sacrifice fly. TNS

Angel Pagan missed one game with a cut on his left middle finger, but is back in the lineup for today’s series finale against the San Diego Padres.

"He’s still a little sore, but he wants to play," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy said Pagan was scratched yesterday because the cut is on an area of his finger that he uses to grip the bat. But the issue has "calmed down enough to where he can do that," and Pagan is back in center field and batting third.

Buster Posey is off today. The Giants’ lineup:

LF Aoki

2B Panik

CF Pagan

1B Belt

SS Crawford

RF Maxwell

C Susac

3B Duffy

P Heston

And the Padres’ lineup:

CF Myers

3B Spangenberg

RF Kemp

LF Upton

1B Alonso

2B Gyorko

SS Amarista

C Hedges

P Kennedy

* It sounds like Hunter Pence could be headed out on a rehab assignment soon. Pence had an encouraging batting practice session Tuesday and will hit again on the field Thursday. If that goes well, Bochy said, "he can start a rehab very shortly."

Watching Pence hit Tuesday, Bochy said: "I really thought he was really, really close to his normal swing. Hitting off the machine with the velocity we had the machine at, I thought he handled it very well … It’s still going to be a little stiff probably when he starts out, but it’s loosening to the point where now he’s letting it go."

* Right-hander Jake Peavy is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, after which the Giants will determine whether Peavy is ready to start a rehab assignment.

* Matt Duffy gets another start at third base in place of struggling Casey McGehee. Duffy had a nice game Tuesday night, allowing Bochy to give McGehee another day off to help clear his head, but Bochy added the decision was "somewhat of a reward for Duffy and the job he did."

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