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The Associated Press
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez is getting good results by quickening his delivery.
Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi hit consecutive homers off Heath Hembree, and Jimenez had a solid start on Thursday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Hembree allowed Swisher's third home run of the spring, a three-run shot in the fifth. Giambi hit his first. Ryan Raburn, who leads the Indians with four homers, hit a pair of doubles, one of them with the bases loaded.
Jimenez allowed three hits and one run in four innings, benefiting from his quicker delivery. Center fielder Michael Bourn lost Brandon Crawford's fly ball in the sun, letting it fall for a triple. Hunter Pence followed with an RBI single.
"This is going to be a big season for me. The last two have been hard," Jimenez said. "I'm not worried about being a free agent. I want to show this team what I can do and I haven't done that yet."
The Indians' new pitching coach, Mickey Callaway, has been working with Jimenez on the pace of his delivery.
"It is helping," Jimenez said. "I was pausing, then I had to start up again. I have been able to attack the strike zone with my fastball."
Giants starter Tim Lincecum had to be scratched again because of a blister that he developed after his first appearance of spring training. He also missed a start last Saturday because of the blister on the middle finger of his right hand.
Chad Gaudin, who is trying to earn a job in the bullpen, pitched three scoreless innings in Lincecum's place.
"He's got the experience," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has the pitches to work with. He had short notice but he's been there before. It worked out well. Our preference would be a guy who can go multiple innings. We haven't had that and gotten away with it."
Hembree, a Pacific Coast League All-Star last season, had trouble controlling his pitches in the fifth inning.
"He got some pitches up but they were two pretty good hitters," Bochy said.
Raburn, a minor league free agent who is trying to win a spot on the Indians' bench, had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.
"He feels good about himself," manager Terry Francona said. "He's got a nice short stroke. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but it's the kind of swing that plays well off the bench."
NOTES: Indians OF Michael Brantley will have his stitches removed from his left forearm on Friday. He hurt it while sliding into third base. He will resume baseball activities and should be ready to play by Sunday, according to Francona. ... Matt Carson, who was hit in the head with a pitch on Wednesday, has been cleared to resume full activity for Cleveland. ... Indians closer Chris Perez, who has not pitched since Feb. 26 because of a right shoulder strain, will begin throwing as early as Sunday. ... Pence singled twice. ... Brandon Belt, who leads the Giants with three home runs, hit a two-run double. ... Giants INF Brett Pill has swelling in his knee. "He doesn't know how he did it," Bochy said. "He's close to returning but he won't play tomorrow." ... Giants OF Andres Torres has an injured oblique muscle. "He is swinging from the right side," Bochy said. "He should start taking some swings from the left side Monday or Tuesday."
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.190|
|Gary Brown, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||2||2||0||0||0||1||.400|
|Ehire Adrianza, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||1||2||2||0||0||0||.318|
|Juan Perez, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||3||0||1||2||0||1||1||.464|
|Angel Villalona, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Roger Kieschnick, DH-RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.238|
|Cole Gillespie, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|a- Andrew Susac, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Kensuke Tanaka, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.222|
|Joe Panik, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilson Valdez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Nick Noonan, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.053|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.273|
|Johnny Monell, C||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.500|
|a-struck out for Lively in the 8th|
|2B - Brandon Belt (2, Allen)|
|3B - Brandon Crawford (1, Jimenez)|
|RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (2), Brandon Belt 2 (8)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Tanaka-Crawford-Belt|
|E - Kensuke Tanaka (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Josh Osich (BS,2; L,0-1)||0.1||3||2||2||1||1||0||20.25|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 6-1, Fabio Castillo 1-1, Heath Hembree 2-1, Mitch Lively 1-1, Jean Machi 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 11, Josh Osich 5, Fabio Castillo 2, Heath Hembree 7, George Kontos 4, Mitch Lively 5, Jean Machi 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Cedric Hunter, CF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.053|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Ronny Rodriguez, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.450|
|Nate Spears, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Nick Swisher, 1B||3||2||2||3||0||0||1||.524|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Jason Giambi, DH||3||2||2||1||0||0||0||.188|
|a- Cord Phelps, PH-DH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.300|
|Chris McGuiness, RF-1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.136|
|Mike McDade, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.409|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||2||0||2||2||0||0||0||.550|
|Ezequiel Carrera, PR-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.100|
|Lou Marson, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.182|
|Roberto Perez, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Juan Diaz, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.294|
|Francisco Lindor, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|a-walked for Giambi in the 7th|
|2B - Lonnie Chisenhall (2, Gaudin), Ryan Raburn 2 (2, Gaudin, Osich)|
|3B - Michael Bourn (1, Hembree)|
|HR - Nick Swisher (3, Hembree), Jason Giambi (1, Hembree)|
|RBI - Nick Swisher 3 (10), Jason Giambi (3), Ryan Raburn 2 (11)|
|SB - Francisco Lindor (1, 2nd base off Machi/Monell)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Kipnis-Diaz-Swisher|
|E - Francisco Lindor (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ubaldo Jimenez (W,1-0)||4||3||1||1||0||2||0||6.75|
|Matt Capps (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.00|
|Cody Allen (H,1)||0.2||3||3||3||1||2||0||7.36|
|Fernando Nieve (H,1)||1.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||9.53|
|T.J. House (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Jerry Gil (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-5, Matt Capps 1-2, Cody Allen 1-0, Fernando Nieve 2-2, Jerry Gil 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 14, Matt Capps 3, Cody Allen 7, Fernando Nieve 5, T.J. House 4, Jerry Gil 3|
|Attendance - 4832|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Adam Hamari|