SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants starter Jake Peavy took full advantage of the opportunity to pitch without facing the consequences of a meaningful victory or defeat, using Sunday's split-squad exhibition to inch toward working on his curveball.
Peavy, who surrendered one run and three hits in two innings in San Francisco's 12-2 loss to Arizona, acknowledged he needs more work to rebuild his repertoire of pitches. He'll get that work in side sessions this week, since he won't pitch again until Friday now that the Giants will begin operating under a five-man rotation.
"You want to have your fastball coming out and a little bit of arm strength built up before you start working on the breaking ball," Peavy said.
The right-hander showed promise by striking out three consecutive batters, including Danny Dorn to end the first inning and Gerald Laird and Nick Buss to open the second inning.
Summarizing his outing, Peavy said, "It was a step in the right direction, but [I have] a long way to go. ... There's a lot to build on and a lot to work on."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.