Lincecum pushed up a day in Giants rotation

Tim Lincecum’s turn in the rotation is being pushed up a day to

Wednesday against Arizona, making the San Francisco Giants’ ace

available for a one-game playoff Monday with San Diego if the NL

West title comes to that.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy also could decide to pitch the

two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner on short rest Sunday in

the season finale against the Padres if need be, though the

hard-throwing righty hasn’t gone on three days’ rest in the

majors.

Entering Tuesday night, the Giants lead the Padres by one game

in the division race.

With Lincecum pitching Wednesday – still on normal rest – rookie

Madison Bumgarner will now go in Thursday’s series finale with the

Diamondbacks.

Lincecum is 15-10 with a 3.51 ERA this season. After a

career-worst five-start losing streak, he is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in

his past five outings.