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Brandon Hicks' home runs knocks off Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 3-2

  • San Francisco infielder Brandon Hicks hit a home run against Los Angeles star Clayton Kershaw Sunday as the Giants beat the Dodgers. (CHRIS CARLSON / Associated Press)

Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings in his penultimate tuneup for the season opener in Australia, giving up five hits to a San Francisco split squad during the Giants' 3-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz.

Kershaw allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Hicks in the second. The two-time Cy Young Award winner gets the opening-day start March 22 against Arizona at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hicks' drive to right field scored Joaquin Arias, who singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.

Giants starter Edwin Escobar gave up one hit and walked four in three innings. Escobar, a left-hander, is a potential starter, although the 21-year-old from Venezuela might be a year away from getting a spot in the rotation. His fastball has been clocked as high as 94 mph.

“My first inning, I was trying to keep my ball down, but there was a little bit of adrenaline,” Escobar said. “It got a little exciting. After I got my first inning, I felt more comfortable.”

Meanwhile at Scottsdale, Ariz., Madison Bumgarner moved one step closer to his first opening-day start for San Francisco. Bumgarner pitched four innings of one-hit ball Sunday, and a split squad of Giants won 8-0 against a group of the organization's top prospects.

The 24-year-old Bumgarner struck out five and walked two. He threw between 50 and 60 pitches and added another 10 in the bullpen after leaving the game.

He was perfectly fine with the decision to pitch him against the prospects. “It's something I've done every year. They are good players and a good group of guys,” Bumgarner said. “Things are slowly coming along for me. I'm pushing toward that last start of the spring.”

Bumgarner also had a run-scoring single to cap a five-run first inning.

He has been talking with the other pitchers in the rotation about how they can help themselves by coming up with timely hits or moving baserunners along. “I've been doing all this talk about hitting. I didn't embarrass myself too bad,” he said, laughing.

Right-hander Kyle Crick, who started for the Future Stars, recorded just two outs and was charged with five runs and one hit. He also walked four and struck out one. Minor league outfielder Brett Krill had two hits and two RBIs for the Giants. Angel Villalona had a pair of hits for the Future Stars.


Corner outfielders Michael Morse and Hunter Pence both sat out. Morse has a sore calf. Pence has a sore left elbow. Pence started all 162 games last season. . . . Giants infielder Marco Scutaro has yet to appear in a spring training game because of a sore back.

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