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
"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
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
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
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
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