Ramirez, Giants get best of Padilla, Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco starter Horacio Ramirez struck out six batters in the first two innings and the Giants went on to a 6-2 victory over a Dodgers' split-squad team Wednesday.

Juan Uribe hit a home run to lead off the fourth inning, his third of the spring.

Dodgers catcher Russell Martin was playing in his first major league spring game since the March 5 opener after straining his groin. Martin was 0 for 2 with a walk and scored a run. He was behind the plate for six innings.

Vicente Padilla, in his final spring tuneup before starting the opener Monday at Pittsburgh, gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits in three innings.

Giants ace Tim Lincecum prepared for his opening day start against Oakland Athletics minor leaguers, striking out eight and walking four in six scoreless innings.

It was an improvement for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who made three unimpressive starts and an injury-shortened fourth one earlier this spring.

"Breaking ball was good, changeup felt good, fastball feels like I'm getting the life back on it," Lincecum said as he rushed off the field to catch a flight. "Other than that, I'm just ready to go for the season."

Lincecum began his day striking out the first two hitters after going to 3-2 counts. He threw only four pitches in the fourth inning to retire the side and induced two double-play groundouts. His most difficult inning was his last, as Lincecum got two outs on four pitches and then walked the next three batters.

Facing another 3-2 count with the bases loaded, Lincecum got a swing and a miss.

He said he's eager to atone for last season's opening day, when he lasted just three innings at home against the Milwaukee Brewers. Lincecum opens against the Houston Astros on Monday

"Last year obviously I didn't do so well in that opener," Lincecum said. "I want to come back."

Lincecum had a 9.39 earned run average over his first three spring training starts and struggled with his command. But he said the big difference Wednesday was that he felt like he had command of his fastball after going in with the belief that his stuff would return to where it normally has been the past two years.