LOS ANGELES -- Ray Durham is two days away from gaining a full no-trade provision, but he doesn't plan to hold it over the Giants' heads this winter.

"I don't think it makes much difference," Durham said. "I'll probably ask if (a trade) comes up. Or, I guess, they'll have to ask me."

Players with at least 10 years of service time and five with their current club have the right to refuse any deal. Durham has 13 years of service and is finishing his fifth season with the Giants.

He indicated that he wouldn't stand in the way of a deal, particularly if the Giants plan to use him as a bench player. But he isn't pushing for a change of scenery, either.

"I always wanted to be in the East or Midwest to be closer to my kids, but my intent is to come back here and help this club get to the postseason," said Durham, who lives in Charlotte. "I want to be here. My job is to do what they pay me to do -- what I didn't do this year."

Durham, who entered Friday's game with a career-worst .218 average, is owed $7.5 million next season.

Lowry throwing well

Left-hander Noah Lowry said his throwing program has gone very well over the past week and his arm responded when he threw off flat ground at full intensity Friday.

"I'm ready to throw off a mound if they want," said Lowry, who has a bone spur in his left elbow. "But for my peace of mind and the organization's peace of mind, everything is where it needs to be.


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Lowry hasn't pitched since Aug. 29 because of weakness in his forearm. The bone spur is believed to be a contributing factor, but it also showed up on scans a year ago.

The Giants would have considered surgery only if Lowry failed to show improvement this month.

The Giants had discussed adjusting the rotation to give Matt Cain one more outing, but decided to stick with Travis Blackley and Barry Zito for the final two games. Cain looked strong to the end, and finished the season with exactly 200 innings.

"That's enough for him," Bochy said.

Short hop

The Dodgers will start left-hander Eric Stults (1-3, 4.93 ERA) in Sunday's season finale. Brad Penny was scheduled to start but the Dodgers decided to rest their ace after a long season. Penny was 16-4 and his 3.03 ERA ranked third in the National League.

-- Andrew Baggarly, MediaNews staff