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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy isn't ready to give the new order for his starting rotation, but he did reveal Sunday that a familiar face will be part of that group when the second half starts next Friday. Tim Hudson is returning to the rotation after a brief stint on the disabled list, although Bochy wouldn't say which pitcher is coming out of the starting five to clear a spot.
"Right now, I think Huddy is ready to go in the rotation," Bochy said. "I don't think (Tim Lincecum) is quite ready. We have to tweak it a little, which we did for Jake (Peavy) and adding (Matt) Cain and we'll continue to do that."
Assuming Cain and Peavy are healthy to start the second half, Bochy is left with a choice between Chris Heston and Ryan Vogelsong. Heston takes a 3.51 ERA into Sunday's game and has been a solid No. 2 behind Madison Bumgarner all season. Vogelsong got off to a rough start and gave up four runs on Saturday night, but he has a 2.95 ERA in 13 starts since the beginning of May.
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In other pitching news, Bochy made a few friends in Los Angeles on Sunday when he named Clayton Kershaw to the All-Star team. Kershaw replaces Max Scherzer, who started Sunday and thus can't pitch Tuesday night. With Scherzer out of the running, Bochy is leaning toward having Zack Greinke start the game. He said Kershaw was an easy choice.
"He's had a good half, you start there," Bochy said. "But you look at also who Clayton is and his success and the star factor. I knew this was going to happen when I saw Scherzer was pitching on Sunday."
I wrote last night that Bochy was joking with Matt Duffy about getting an All-Star nod, and it turns out the staff did briefly bring up Duffy's name when it came time to replace Matt Holliday, who is injured. Ultimately Bochy went with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. Joc Pederson will take Holliday's spot in the starting lineup.