White Sox 1

(7-19, 3-10 away)

Diamondbacks 3

(18-11, 7-7 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 28, 2006

    Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, Tucson, Arizona 

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    Arizona 3, Chicago 1

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A few hours after being told he had won a starting job for Arizona, Claudio Vargas took the mound in a performance that backed up the choice.

    The right-hander allowed one run and two hits in six innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    "I know he was happy about hearing that he was in the rotation," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said, "and he went out there and pitched like it."

    Vargas, who will be the team's No. 5 starter, struck out five and walked two.

    "I worked down in the zone and that's good," he said. "Every time I work down in the zone, I'm hard to hit. All my pitches worked today -- the slider, the changeup -- and I got ahead of the hitters."

    All three of Arizona's runs came off Javier Vazquez, last year's opening-day Diamondbacks pitcher. He was dealt to the White Sox after the season after he exercised an option demanding to be traded.

    Vargas spent one season with Arizona after being sent to the Diamondbacks by the New York Yankees in the Randy Johnson deal.

    Vazquez, who figures to be the No. 5 starter for the World Series champion White Sox, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out four and walking two.

    Vargas knew he was the obvious choice for the Diamondbacks' final starting berth after his main competitor, left-hander Brad Halsey, was dealt to Oakland on Sunday. But it wasn't official until Melvin told him on Tuesday.

    "I feel happy," Vargas said. "That's what I like to do, be a starter, and I think I did my job in the starting rotation last year."

    Vargas made 19 starts for Arizona after he was waived by the Washington Nationals. He was 9-6 with a 4.81 ERA for the Diamondbacks.

    Orlando Hudson hit his third home run of the spring for Arizona, a solo shot in the first. Conor Jackson brought home two more with a two-out single in the fifth. Chris Snyder had singled and Eric Byrnes doubled to set up Jackson.

    Chicago's lone hits off Vargas came in the second when Juan Uribe singled and scored on Joe Crede's double.

    It was the Diamondbacks' last spring game at Tucson Electric Park.

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