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LHP Barry Zito will be pitching on six days' rest when he starts at San Diego on Monday, his 24th start of the season. He was pushed back when the Giants opted to use RHP Yusmeiro Petit on regular rest Sunday in Arizona. Zito has only one victory in his last 19 starts, going 1-9 with a 6.14 ERA during that span. The only victory came against Oakland on May 30. Zito is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in four starts against the Padres this season and is 5-10 with a 4.61 ERA against them in his career. The victory came April 21.

RHP Yusmeiro Petit, a former Diamondback, struck out a career-high 10 in six innings in an 8-2 victory in Arizona on Sunday, his first start against his former team. Petit struck out the side in the first and second innings, and fanned one in the third and two more in the fourth. "Experience," Petit said through an interpreter. "Before I wasn't consistent with what I was doing. Now the experience is taking place in what I'm showing right now." Petit won nine games in 56 appearances (35 starts) for Arizona from 2007-09. He had eight strikeouts for the D-backs in six shutout innings during a 4-0 victory over Philadelphia on July 29, 2009. The Giants are giving him an extended audition for a job in the 2014 rotation.

OF Andres Torres underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his left heel, near the Achilles tendon. The operation was performed in North Carolina by Dr. Robert Anderson. Torres will require six months of rehab, so he isn't likely to be 100 percent by the start of spring training.

CF Angel Pagan did not start but was available Sunday, three days after being activated from the disabled list following hamstring surgery. Manager Bruce Bochy said he planned to monitor Pagan's status and could play him two out of three days in the early stages of his return. "He'll be good to go (Monday). He was just a little tight last night, but he's running well," Bochy said. "It's pretty impressive after the extent of his surgery how well he is going." Pagan pushed him legs Saturday, stealing second base and making a diving catch in center field. "Considering where the surgery was, it's pretty amazing the way he has come out of this." Pagan missed 82 games.

2B Tony Abreu was 1-for-5 and made a nice stop to start a double play Sunday after being reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day. He was recalled from a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno. While Abreu is not likely to start many games in the final month, he will get some time. "I'd like to get a longer look at him coming off the bench, spot-starting, see how he handles that. He's got the experience to handle that," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's a guy who could get a lot of innings in that role pinch-hitting, double-switching." Abreu, 28, hit .266 with nine extra-base hits and seven RBIs in his previous 34 games with the Giants before missing 31 games with left knee bursitis.

RF Hunter Pence had seven hits in 12 at-bats in the series at Arizona. He is a .364 hitter at Chase Field after extending his overall hitting streak to nine games with three hits Sunday, including his 17th homer and a double. He hit a 467-foot homer at Coors Field on Thursday before the three-game series in Arizona.

RHP Sergio Romo has a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings at Chase Field after pitching a scoreless inning to save Friday's 1-0 victory. He has made 23 straight scoreless appearances at Chase Field, the longest by any visiting pitcher at any ballpark since 1921, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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