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Must C Close: Petit nears perfection in San Francisco

Few would blame Yusmeiro Petit for getting caught up in the hype, following a near-perfect game in his last time out.

Perhaps even fewer would blame the Giants right-hander for having one eye on the 2014 season, where his goal is to earn a spot in the Opening Day rotation.

But neither the past nor the future concern Petit much right now. He says his focus is solely on the present: a start against the Rockies on Wednesday at AT&T Park.

"I know that a lot of people are talking about this -- that I'm opening the gates for next year," Petit said. "But that's out of my control. What I need to do now is concentrate on having a strong finish and pitch well in every start. Then it's going to be their decision."

Petit, of course, had a perfect game broken up with two outs in the ninth inning against Arizona on Friday when Eric Chavez's line drive landed mere inches in front of the glove of a diving Hunter Pence. Wednesday's contest will mark Petit's first start since then.

Opposite Petit will be Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio, who is coming off a solid outing Friday in San Diego. He picked up a no-decision, while allowing two runs -- one earned -- on four hits in six innings.

Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer will get one last crack at the Giants on Wednesday in the final game between the two clubs this season. Cuddyer is hitting .355 at AT&T Park with four doubles and three homers, two of which came in Tuesday's 9-8 Rockies victory.

Before the game, the Giants will honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the 12-year anniversary of the tragic events. Captain Dean Crispen and firefighter Derek O'Leary, two of the members of the San Francisco Fire Department who traveled to New York in the wake of the attacks to assist those affected, will simultaneously throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Before the game, AT&T Park will observe a moment of remembrance featuring a video from the 9/11 Memorial. Michaela Donohue, the daughter of San Rafael firefighter Chris Donohue, will sing the national anthem.

Rockies: Rosario returns
Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario was back in the Rockies' lineup Tuesday after he missed three games with an infected wisdom tooth.

In his first game back, Rosario went 1-for-5. He is hitting .288 on the season with 21 homers and a .799 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

Rosario will wait until after the season to have the tooth removed.

Giants: Affeldt set for return
Left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt will be activated Wednesday afternoon after missing nearly two months with a strained left groin.

Affeldt threw a simulated game Tuesday and felt healthy enough to make a return.

"I was able to feel like my body was allowing me to be aggressive, not tentative, when I went to throw," Affeldt said.

Worth noting
• Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has pounded out four hits -- three of them doubles -- in 11 at-bats against Nicasio.

• The Rockies are just 56-113 in San Francisco, where they haven't won a series since June 2010.

• San Francisco's bullpen has posted a 1.59 ERA in the past 17 games. Comments