SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Giants trainer Stan Conte is busy
enough trying to get Barry Bonds and Ray Durham healthy this spring
that he cringed when the starting pitcher tried to stretch a double
into a triple.
Jerome Williams came out of his slide into third unscathed and
San Francisco beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Tuesday in their
final Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium.Williams' two-run hit started the Giants' five-run second inning
-- the first time all spring the team batted around."I've got to work on sliding because that was a horrible
slide," he said, smiling. "I don't know how I hit that. ...
That's my first triple ever."The right-hander, the Giants' fifth starter, made his most
impressive start of the spring and looks ready for the regular
season. Williams matched his strikeout total of the entire spring --
four -- in the first three innings and finished with six K's in five
sharp innings.Again, he wanted to go deeper in the game."The big key was just going out there and pitching well,"
Williams said. "That's going to carry me into the season, and
that's what I wanted."Chad Tracy had two hits and drove in three runs for the
Diamondbacks, who will host the World Series champion Boston Red
Sox on Thursday and Friday at Bank One Ballpark.Jose Cruz Jr., who had two hits against his former team, is
anxious to see how Arizona stacks up after revamping its roster
following a 111-loss season."It's good," he said. "Everybody gets along and is on the
same page. It's going to be better than last year."Pedro Feliz sent a 2-2 pitch from Brad Halsey over the
left-field wall for his third homer of the spring leading off the
third for San Francisco.Manager Felipe Alou considered batting Feliz cleanup in Bonds'
spot until the slugger recovers from two surgeries on his
troublesome right knee, but has decided on Moises Alou in the
fourth slot instead.The Giants play their final exhibition game in Arizona on
Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. A win by San
Francisco would give the club its most victories ever in the desert
at 18, surpassing 17 wins by the 1997 team.Durham missed his sixth straight game with a mild right groin
pull, but the second baseman is in good spirits."Back to my old self," said Durham, who has spent four stints
on the disabled list the past two seasons.Durham did baseball drills and hard running Tuesday and is
expected to play Thursday against the Oakland Athletics at SBC
Park.Giants catcher Mike Matheny worked nine innings for the first
time all spring.
The Giants will dedicate a 9-foot bronze statue in honor of
Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal on May 21 and in July will
retire Gaylord Perry's number. Alou was happy to hear about the
statue for his countryman from the Dominican Republic. "I'm glad
it's going to happen here," Alou said. "Hopefully it will happen
at home, too." ... RHP Scott Munter was elected the Giants' 2005
Harry S. Jordan Award winner by his teammates. The award is named
after the club's longtime minor league trainer and is given to a
player in his first big league camp who makes an impression with
his performance and dedication. ... San Francisco lefty reliever
Scott Eyre, who got a cramp in his right calf while jogging in from
the bullpen to pitch the ninth last Thursday, threw a bullpen
session Monday and is expected to pitch one inning Friday in San
Francisco and again Sunday. "His calf is doing really well,"
Conte said. ... The Giants drew 148,739 in 14 spring home dates for
a record average of 10,624. The Cubs are the top draw in Arizona.
... Giants reliever Matt Herges was home with the flu. ... Felipe
Alou is fighting a virus for the second time this spring. "I can't
wait to get out of here," he said.