Giants 12, Diamondbacks 6

With Brandon Webb still making his way back from right shoulder

surgery, it puts even more emphasis on the acquisition of

right-hander Edwin Jackson from Detroit as part of a three-way

trade that included the New York Yankees.

Jackson, who already had been announced as the No. 2 starter

behind right-hander Dan Haren, looked solid in his return to the

National League on Saturday, giving up two hits and striking out a

batter in two scoreless innings against San Francisco.

The Giants used a nine-run fifth and went on to a 12-6 victory

at Scottsdale Stadium over Arizona. Outfielder John Bowker provided

the big hit with a three-run home run.

Jackson, who recently signed a two-year, $13.5 million deal,

said he felt pretty good for his first start.

“I was around the plate for the most part,” said Jackson, who

was 13-9 in his only season with Detroit after three seasons with

Tampa Bay and three with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I used my

slider and change-up, my full arsenal. … I wanted to see how it

is.”

As for pitching well in front of his new team, Jackson said,

“I’m not trying to impress anybody right now. I’m trying to get my

work in and get ready for the season.

“They (opponents) are still trying to figure me out and I’m

trying to figure them out. It’s a game of cat and mouse.”

On the Giants side, manager Bruce Bochy was pleased with the

first spring effort by his starter, left-hander Jonathan

Sanchez.

After a season in which he threw a no-hitter against San Diego

on July 10, Sanchez pitched two shutout innings, giving up three

hits, three walks and striking out three.

“He threw well,” Bochy said. “When he missed the strike zone,

he was close. He was inconsistent with some of his secondary

pitches, but it was still a good outing.”

Bowker’s home run in the fifth, and a two-run shot by shortstop

prospect Brandon Crawford in the eighth, were an indication of some

of the Giants’ young talent.

“Our young players are carrying themselves well. They are

comfortable and confident,” Bochy said.

Arizona center fielder Chris Young did not have a good comfort

level in 2009. He hit just .212 and was sent to Triple-A Reno for

13 games.

He was the bright spot for the Diamondbacks on Saturday with

three hits: a bunt single, a two-run double and a solo home

run.

“It feels good to get that first hit. My focus is to get good

at-bats,” Young said. “The bunt …. I’m trying to use my speed

more, use everything – power, speed and play good defense.”

Notes: Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss will be out at least

four weeks after breaking the same bone in his left foot earlier

this week that he did a year ago, when he was limited to 61 games.

… A few injuries and the split-squad games forced Bochy to use a

couple of pitchers as pinch-hitters against Arizona and had young

catcher Buster Posey playing first base for the first time. … Cy

Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is scheduled for his second start

on Sunday against Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz. … Right-hander

Ian Kennedy, acquired by Arizona from the Yankees in the three-team

deal, will make his first start against Colorado.