San Francisco Giants

Bochy says Peavy (thumb) OK to start Game 6

KANSAS CITY -- Bruce Bochy today said that Giants right-hander Jake Peavy bruised his right thumb when Peavy reached for a foul ball in the dugout during one of the World Series games in San Francisco. But Bochy said the Peavy is OK to start tonight’s Game 6 against the Royals.

"He says he feels fine, he passed all the tests, he’s good to go," Bochy said.

Bochy said Peavy has thrown multiple times since hurting his numb and had "no issues. If we thought there were any issues or we weren’t comfortable, he wouldn’t start."

The Giants have a chance to clinch in Game 6 tonight, and Bochy indicated he will manage his pitching with intentions of avoiding a winner-take-all Game 7 if possible. Bochy said everybody is available, including projected Game 7 starter Tim Hudson if needed. Also, Bochy said that Madison Bumgarner already came up to him and said he’s "ready to go."

"Right now he’s available. Hopefully he’s not needed," Bochy said. "We’ll try to get this done without him tonight."

Still, Bochy said, he told Bumgarner it’s OK for the left-hander to sit in the bullpen tonight.

The Giants’ lineup for Game 6:

CF Blanco

2B Panik

C Posey

3B Sandoval

RF Pence

1B Belt

DH Morse

LF Ishikawa

SS Crawford

And the Royals’ lineup against Peavy:

SS Escobar

RF Aoki

CF Cain

1B Hosmer

DH Butler

LF Gordon

C Perez

3B Moustakas

2B Infante

Bochy said the Giants discussed the possibility of Juan Perez starting in left but are sticking with Travis Ishikawa to start the game. "We’re staying with what’s got us here," Bochy said. "And it’s worked well."

"Here" is one win away from their third World Series title in five years. Brandon Belt was in the interview room a few minutes ago and was asked if waking up in the morning in that situation feels any different.

"I feel like there’s a sense of excitement," Belt said. "You know today is the day you could walk away a World Series champion."

Call The Bee’s Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015. See his baseball coverage at sacbee.com/mlb. Follow him on Twitter at @matthewkawahara.

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