- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched 4 1-3 effective innings, and the Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Lincecum walked a batter and struck out three. Chicago’s first two runs came in the fifth inning, and the White Sox took a 3-2 lead in the seventh.

The Giants won it with one out in the ninth. Hector Sanchez led off with a single. Juan Perez ran for him and scored on an opposite-field double to left by Nick Noonan. Brandon Hicks sacrificed Noonan to third and Joaquin Arias brought home the win with a hit to right-center.


White Sox: Right-hander Felipe Paulino, making a bid for a spot in the rotation after not pitching in the major leagues since 2012 due to ulnar-ligament replacement surgery in his elbow, pitched 3 2-3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Paulino is 13-32 in 61 career starts. The 30 year old last pitched for Kansas City.

Manager Robin Ventura said earlier in the week that Paulino, who has yet to get a win in three spring starts with a 9.72 ERA, is not going to be handed a rotation spot, and that he is going to have to earn it.

Giants: Lincecum said he was not fatigued and felt he could have kept going in the fifth, when Chicago scored its first two runs.

“It’s good for me to get four-plus innings, get the work in in a game-type situation,” Lincecum said. “I’ve had three starts now and I’m still progressing.”

Lincecum had four straight years where he pitched 200 or more innings (2008-11) and narrowly missed a fifth in 2013 (by 2 1-3 innings), and he wants to get back to that level.

“It’s time I challenged myself in that way,” said Lincecum, who over the winter in a rented warehouse in his native Seattle and threw often to friends from a portable mound.


Giants: First baseman Brandon Belt missed his second straight game with a stomach virus.


Second baseman Marco Scutaro took batting practice Wednesday, but it is looking more and more as if he might begin the regular season on the disabled list.

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