The Horse rides: Matt Cain will make his presumed final start for Giants this weekend


PHOENIX – Nobody with the exception of Juan Marichal has started more games than Matt Cain in the Giants’ 60-year history in San Francisco.

Cain will receive the baseball one more time.

The accomplished right-hander will start one of the games in the final weekend series against the San Diego Padres, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after the club’s 9-2 victory at Arizona on Monday.

Johnny Cueto will start Sunday’s season finale, and Madison Bumgarner is due to pitch on Friday. That apparently would leave Saturday for Cain to soak up cheers, revel in a bit of nostalgia and, ideally, throw a shutout inning or three to cap a pitching tenure that ranks among the most accomplished in the club’s history.

Saturday would be right-hander Chris Stratton’s day to pitch, but the rookie has dealt with all manner of oddities and schedule changes this season without letting any of them affect him. So it would make sense for the Giants to have Stratton ready to back up Cain.

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