TORONTO -- One thing manager Bruce Bochy likes about Interleague Play is that he can keep his regulars in the lineup but use them as designated hitters.
In Toronto, especially, with the playing surface being AstroTurf, Bochy wants to take it easy on as many players as he can.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro, a former Blue Jays player, was given the start at DH for Tuesday's series opener against Toronto, with Nick Noonan playing second.
"This is a great opportunity to give Scutaro a break," Bochy said. "We're only here two days so I can't take it easy on a lot of them, but with Scutaro it makes sense to give him a break."
For Wednesday's finale, Bochy said he will give catcher Buster Posey the start at DH and get him back behind the plate Thursday, when the Giants begin a four-game set in Colorado.
Bochy wasn't exactly sure how the rest of his lineup would look Wednesday but said left fielder Gregor Blanco would start both games against the Blue Jays.
Pill's promotion mainly to benefit Peguero
TORONTO -- The decision to recall first baseman Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno was for two reasons, manager Bruce Bochy said.
Pill forced the team's hand by swinging a hot stick in the Minors, but Bochy also said that he wanted to get outfielder Francisco Peguero, who was optioned to the Grizzlies to make room for Pill, more playing time.
"More than anything, get Peguero playing again," Bochy said about the decision. "With [Gregor Blanco] and [Andres] Torres, Peguero wasn't going to get a lot of at-bats here.
"When they sit for extended periods, you are setting them back a little bit, I think."
Bochy contemplated putting Pill into the lineup at designated hitter for Tuesday's series opener against the Blue Jays but elected to go with Marco Scutaro instead. With Bochy already deciding that Buster Posey will start at DH on Wednesday, Pill may only see action in Toronto as a pinch-hitter.
Pill hit .341 with nine home runs, 47 RBIs and a 1.054 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) over 32 games at Fresno.
Peguero, meanwhile, hit .188 with a stolen base in six games with San Francisco.
Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.