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    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - With just over a week left in spring training, the Chicago White Sox have added another pitcher to their closer competition.

    The newest candidate, left-hander Hector Santiago, threw a scoreless ninth inning and earned the save in a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

    Giants starter Barry Zito gave up consecutive homers to A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios in the third inning and allowed five runs in 2 1-3 innings. White Sox starter Philip Humber gave up an unearned run and one hit in seven innings.

    Two others competing for the closer job that became open when the White Sox traded Sergio Santos to Toronto also pitched. Matt Thornton allowed two hits and a run while getting the first out in the eighth. Addison Reed struck out one, allowed a hit and got the other two outs in the eighth.

    Santiago, who throws a screwball, struck out one, walked one and threw a wild pitch.

    "He's a possibility just because he throws strikes," manager Robin Ventura said. "He has all the stuff you like."

    Santiago threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings with the White Sox last season in his only time in the majors.

    "I would love to just pitch, any inning. It doesn't matter," said Santiago, whose ERA is 1.13. "Whatever they want me to do, I'm here for them."

    Will Ohman, another in the mix, earned a two-inning save Saturday. Thornton was a 2010 All-Star as a setup reliever and has a 1.93 ERA this spring. Reed, the team's top prospect, has pitched 7 1-3 innings in the majors and has a 3.52 ERA this spring. Jesse Crain is also in the mix, but hasn't been pitching in games because of a right oblique strain.

    In his final two starts of spring training, Zito will be working on keeping his pitches down. He gave up nine hits, struck out three and walked two in 2 1-3 innings.

    "The ball was up in the zone," Zito said. "I've been harping on getting the ball down, throwing a downhill plane and today I was just rushing with my body. The arm couldn't catch up."

    Zito threw another 25 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game, to bring his pitch total to about 85. His ERA is 6.61.

    "It's definitely something that requires attention," Zito said about his latest struggles.

    Humber had a stronger outing, giving up the unearned run after a walk, a throwing error by shortstop Eduardo Escobar and a wild pitch in the first inning. Brandon Crawford hit a single off Humber in the second inning. Humber struck out five and walked two. His ERA is 2.25.

    "He pitched great," Ventura said. "He came out and was locating. He got stretched out a little bit, which is good. We weren't really planning on him going that long, but he got an extra inning in there."

    NOTES: The White Sox (10-12) finished with 14 hits to the Giants' 4. The Giants are 13-10. ... Giants reliever Scott Munter exited with a left calf strain after pitching to one batter in the third inning. He was injured while moving to cover first base on a grounder by Escobar. . For the White Sox, Paul Konerko went 3 for 3 and Escobar, a candidate for a bench role, went 3 for 4. Pierzynski hit his fourth home run, and Rios hit his first. . Crain (oblique) threw a bullpen Sunday and is expected to pitch in a game Tuesday. .The Kansas City Royals traded minor league outfielder Greg Golson to the White Sox for cash considerations.

     
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    San Francisco Giants
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Gregor Blanco, CF3000001 .352
        Juan Perez, CF1000012 .357
    Nate Schierholtz, RF3000021 .233
        Chris Dominguez, RF1011000 .250
    Melky Cabrera, LF2100111 .383
        Justin Christian, LF1000002 .235
    Brett Pill, 1B4000000 .288
    Joaquin Arias, 2B3000001 .194
        Joe Panik, SS1000010 .429
    Brandon Crawford, SS3010010 .333
        Carter Jurica, 2B00001001.000
    Conor Gillaspie, 3B3110001 .206
       a- Hector Sanchez, PH1000001 .438
    Chris Stewart, C3010010 .241
    Eli Whiteside, DH2000102 .222
    Totals3124137  
    a-grounded into a double play for Gillaspie in the 9th
    Batting
    RBI - Chris Dominguez (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Chris Dominguez (2)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
    DP - Arias-Crawford-Pill
    San Francisco Giants
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Barry Zito (L,2-1) 2.1955232 6.61
    Scott Munter0100000 0.00
    Ramon Ortiz 2.2100030 2.53
    Matt Yourkin 2100000 1.80
    Steve Edlefsen 1200000 2.35
    WP - Steve Edlefsen (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 35-24, Scott Munter 1-1, Ramon Ortiz 16-15, Matt Yourkin 6-6, Steve Edlefsen 6-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 3-0, Matt Yourkin 3-2, Steve Edlefsen 1-2
    Batters Faced - Barry Zito 17, Scott Munter 1, Ramon Ortiz 9, Matt Yourkin 6, Steve Edlefsen 5
    Chicago White Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alejandro De Aza, CF3011022 .279
        Jordan Danks, PR-CF1010000 .310
    Brent Lillibridge, 3B4110014 .318
        Tyler Saladino, 3B1000002 .222
    Adam Dunn, DH3000112 .276
    Paul Konerko, 1B3131000 .326
        Jim Gallagher, PR-1B1000000 .095
    A.J. Pierzynski, C3112101 .257
        Hector Gimenez, C0000000 .571
    Alex Rios, RF4121001 .262
        Brady Shoemaker, RF0000000 .000
    Dayan Viciedo, LF4000023 .100
        Jose Martinez, LF0000000 .400
    Gordon Beckham, 2B4120000 .255
        Ray Olmedo, 2B0000000 .438
    Eduardo Escobar, SS4030000 .485
    Totals35514526  
    Batting
    2B - Brent Lillibridge (7, Zito), Gordon Beckham 2 (3, Zito, Zito)
    HR - A.J. Pierzynski (4, Zito), Alex Rios (1, Zito)
    SH - Alejandro De Aza (2)
    RBI - Alejandro De Aza (4), Paul Konerko (4), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (9), Alex Rios (6)
    SB - Eduardo Escobar (3, 2nd base off Ortiz/Stewart)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Beckham-Escobar-Konerko, Saladino-Olmedo-Gallagher
    E - Eduardo Escobar (3, Throwing)
    Chicago White Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Philip Humber (W,1-0) 7110250 2.25
    Matt Thornton (H,2) 0.1211000 1.93
    Addison Reed (H,3) 0.2100010 3.52
    Hector Santiago (S,1) 1000110 1.13
    WP - Philip Humber 2 (2), Hector Santiago (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 42-32, Matt Thornton 3-3, Addison Reed 5-5, Hector Santiago 9-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 8-8, Hector Santiago 1-1
    Batters Faced - Philip Humber 24, Matt Thornton 3, Addison Reed 3, Hector Santiago 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9319
    Game Time - 2:25
    Temperature - 79
    Umpires - Home - Barry Larson, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jordan Baker