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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Given another chance to make the Cincinnati Reds' opening-day roster, Jeff Francis responded with his best outing of the spring.

    Francis allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings and the Reds routed the San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Saturday.

    "That was big time right there," Reds manager Dusty Baker.

    Francis' future with the Reds appeared in doubt Monday, when he yielded 11 runs and 11 hits in three innings against the Texas Rangers. The left-hander could have opted out of his minor league contract if he hadn't been added to the Reds' 25-man roster by Thursday but elected to remain with the club.

    "It was better," Francis said. "I talked to (pitching coach) Bryan (Price) after (the last game) and I had better pitch selection early on. It got me in a better groove. Going seven innings is a sign that I'm ready for the season, wherever it is."

    Cincinnati has only 12 healthy pitchers remaining in camp and, while the final makeup of the rotation appears in doubt, Francis most likely will start the season in the back end of the bullpen.

    "I'm not worry about where I'm going to pitch," Francis said. "I'm just trying to get people out. They haven't said anything to me yet. I've only relieved one outing in my career but I am ready to do it."

    Francis gave up a one-out single to Melky Cabrera in the first and then retired 15 consecutive batters before hitting Brett Pill with a pitch with two outs in the sixth.

    "We didn't seem to have very many good swings," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "That's what disappointed me. I know everybody's excited to get the season started. But our heads were somewhere else."

    San Francisco finally scored against Francis in the seventh when Buster Posey walked with one out and Joaquin Arias hit his second home run in as many games against the Reds.

    The Giants rolled through the major and minor league bullpens on Saturday. Guillermo Mota started and threw two hitless innings and was followed by Jeremy Affeldt, Mitch Lively, Steve Edlefsen, Santiago Casilla, Wilmin Rodriguez and Jean Machi.

    Joey Votto doubled and scored for the Reds, his third extra-base hit of the spring. Scott Rolen added a pair of hits and drove in two.

    "That's important going into the season, having the guys feel good offensively," said Baker, whose club has won four of five. "It's good to keep winning on the way out. We had a rough stretch in the middle but we're back in sync."

    NOTES: Baker was listing his starters for reporters on Saturday morning and pointedly left RHP Mike Leake off the list. Leake could be optioned to Triple-A if Baker elects to start the season with only 11 pitchers. . Giants RHP Clay Hensley had an MRI Saturday on his strained right calf but also played catch. . Reds RHP Mat Latos, who left Monday's start against the Chicago Cubs with a strained left calf, will start Sunday for Cincinnati against RHP Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox. . Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong pitched three innings in a Triple-A game earlier Saturday, giving up two runs - one earned - on four hits with two strikeouts. Vogelsong was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27 with a strained back. . Bochy said LHP Barry Zito, originally scheduled to pitch against the A's on Wednesday in the finale of the Bay Bridge exhibition series, instead will remain in Arizona to continue working on his delivery in minor league camp. Zito started for San Francisco on Friday and allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings. . Posey, who caught eight innings on Friday night, started at first base. Bochy said Posey may start regular-season games at first in order to get an extra right-handed bat in the lineup. . The Giants' pitching returns to normal Sunday as RHP Tim Lincecum faces Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo in a matchup of opening day starters.

     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Brandon Phillips, 2B3111010 .309
       a- Wilson Valdez, PH-2B2010001 .326
    Paul Janish, SS3111000 .293
        Zack Cozart, SS2000003 .377
        Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
       b- Mark Fleury, PH1000001 .000
        Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Joey Votto, 1B2110101 .234
        Juan Francisco, 1B2110000 .196
    Scott Rolen, 3B3122000 .349
        Miguel Cairo, 3B1110000 .350
       c- David Vidal, PH-3B1010000 .400
    Jay Bruce, RF3021000 .353
        Todd Frazier, RF1112000 .294
       d- Daryl Jones, PH-RF1000011 .250
    Ryan Ludwick, LF3000013 .277
        Willie Harris, LF2010001 .255
    Drew Stubbs, CF2120000 .267
       e- Chris Heisey, PH-CF2110002 .224
    Ryan Hanigan, C2100010 .244
       f- Devin Mesoraco, PH-C2011100 .237
    Jeff Francis, P4011013 .200
        Didi Gregorius, SS1000000 .316
    Totals431018925  
    a-grounded out for B. Phillips in the 6th
    b-popped out for Bray in the 9th
    c-singled for Cairo in the 8th
    d-struck out for Frazier in the 8th
    e-singled for Stubbs in the 6th
    f-walked for Hanigan in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Brandon Phillips (6, Affeldt), Joey Votto (3, Lively), Jay Bruce (5, Lively), Drew Stubbs (4, Lively), Devin Mesoraco (6, Casilla)
    3B - Todd Frazier (1, Casilla)
    RBI - Brandon Phillips (4), Paul Janish (8), Scott Rolen 2 (8), Jay Bruce (10), Todd Frazier 2 (14), Devin Mesoraco (3), Jeff Francis (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (4), Jay Bruce (5), Devin Mesoraco (2), Jeff Francis (1)
    CS - Joey Votto (1, 2nd base by Mota/Stewart), Chris Heisey (1, 2nd base by Edlefsen/Stewart)
    PK - Drew Stubbs (2, Lively)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto, Cairo-Valdez-Francisco, Gregorius-Valdez-Francisco
    PB - Devin Mesoraco (2)
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jeff Francis (W,1-2) 7322121 6.65
    Bill Bray (H,2) 1100110 0.00
    Sean Marshall 1100010 3.27
    HBP - Pill (by Jeff Francis)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 34-27, Bill Bray 11-6, Sean Marshall 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 11-6, Bill Bray 1-1, Sean Marshall 1-0
    Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 24, Bill Bray 5, Sean Marshall 3
    San Francisco Giants
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Angel Pagan, CF3000011 .185
        Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
        Conor Gillaspie, 3B1000012 .189
    Melky Cabrera, LF3010010 .333
        Wilmin Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
       a- Tyler La Torre, PH1000002 .000
        Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
    Buster Posey, 1B2000101 .306
        Jarrett Parker, PR-LF1110000 .250
    Pablo Sandoval, 3B2000000 .250
        Joaquin Arias, 2B-SS2112011 .286
    Ryan Theriot, 2B2000000 .180
        Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
        Hector Sanchez, C2010001 .410
    Nate Schierholtz, RF3000001 .200
    Emmanuel Burriss, SS2000100 .340
        Robert Haney, 2B0000000 .000
    Chris Stewart, C2000000 .229
        Gary Brown, CF1000001 .167
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
        Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
       b- Justin Christian, PH1000000 .220
        Mitch Lively, P0000000 .000
        Brett Pill, 3B-1B1010000 .267
    Totals2925224  
    a-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 8th
    b-flied out for Affeldt in the 3rd
    Batting
    HR - Joaquin Arias (2, Francis)
    RBI - Joaquin Arias 2 (7)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    E - Pablo Sandoval (4, Throwing), Nate Schierholtz (1, Misplayed grounder)
    San Francisco Giants
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Guillermo Mota 2000120 2.79
    Jeremy Affeldt (L,1-2) 1542010 4.09
    Mitch Lively 2422010 4.91
    Steve Edlefsen 1100100 1.74
    Santiago Casilla 1544000 4.35
    Wilmin Rodriguez 1200010 1.42
    Jean Machi 1100000 1.80
    HBP - Heisey (by Santiago Casilla), Valdez (by Santiago Casilla)
    WP - Jeremy Affeldt (2), Mitch Lively (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Guillermo Mota 14-10, Jeremy Affeldt 12-11, Mitch Lively 12-11, Steve Edlefsen 7-3, Santiago Casilla 10-8, Wilmin Rodriguez 7-7, Jean Machi 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Guillermo Mota 1-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Mitch Lively 3-1, Steve Edlefsen 2-0, Santiago Casilla 3-0, Jean Machi 1-2
    Batters Faced - Guillermo Mota 6, Jeremy Affeldt 9, Mitch Lively 9, Steve Edlefsen 4, Santiago Casilla 10, Wilmin Rodriguez 5, Jean Machi 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9737
    Game Time - 2:38
    Temperature - 88
    Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Jim Reynolds