SF@CWS: Hudson strikes out Tekotte in the third

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Hudson's springtime aptitude at the plate prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to declare that he'll consider using the 15-year veteran as a pinch-hitter.

As for Hudson, he was mostly satisfied with his main priority -- pitching.

After yielding seven runs in 8 1/3 innings spanning his previous two starts, Hudson limited the Chicago White Sox to one run in six innings Saturday as the Giants captured an 8-5 Cactus League decision at Camelback Ranch.

Hudson sustained an impressive finishing kick. The White Sox had runners on second and third base with one out in the fifth inning and two on with nobody out in the sixth, yet Hudson held them scoreless each time. He attributed his effectiveness to repeatedly throwing strikes that were tempting yet just elusive enough.

"The swings they were taking were swings that I liked -- very aggressive swings, not very good wood on the ball," said Hudson, the No. 3 starter who's projected to start the Giants' April 8 home opener against Arizona. "All in all, I feel pleased with it. If I can continue to improve from here, I'll be ready to go."

Hudson might have confronted a challenge if he could have faced himself. He went 2-for-3, recording his only out in the fifth inning when right fielder Blake Tekotte made a diving catch near the foul line. This also marked the first time all spring that Hudson, batting .800 (4-for-5), was retired.

Bochy has noticed. Asked if Hudson had established himself as a pinch-hitting candidate, Bochy said, "No question. I'm sure that's going to happen, whether it's to get a bunt down or in a [swinging] situation."

Hudson, who batted .396 as a senior in 1997 and broke Hall of Famer-elect Frank Thomas' single-season RBI record at Auburn University, joked about his hitting.

"I'll probably go oh-for-my-first-10 games [in the regular season]," he said. "They did tell me there was a batting title in Spring Training, though."

Giants release non-roster invitee reliever Loe

Kameron Loe had a 3.38 ERA in five spring appearances.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants announced Saturday that they released right-hander Kameron Loe under the terms of his contract.

Loe, a non-roster invitee who has spent all or part of nine seasons in the Major Leagues, was competing with Yusmeiro Petit and David Huff for a long-relief role. Loe's contract called for him to be placed on the 40-man roster by Sunday or given his release. Determining that Loe would not eclipse either Petit or Huff, the Giants let him go.

Loe, 32, was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in five Cactus League appearances. He had not pitched since last Saturday. His departure trimmed the Giants' spring roster to 32 players, including 16 pitchers.

Worth noting

• Bochy said he intends to field his projected Opening Night lineup in Sunday's exhibition against Kansas City. The lone anticipated absence is second baseman Marco Scutaro, who's still coping with back issues.

Buster Posey's 3-for-4 afternoon Saturday included a two-run, sixth-inning single that hiked his RBI total to 12, matching Hector Sanchez for the team high. Non-roster utility man Brandon Hicks, who also went 3-for-4 to increase his batting average to .432, homered in the ninth inning and has 11 RBIs.

• Bochy removed left-handed relief specialist Javier Lopez with two outs and left-handed-batting Dan Black due up in the ninth inning Saturday. The explanation: Right-hander Jean Machi, who finished the game, also needed work. Bochy cited the improvement of Lopez, who yielded three ninth-inning runs Thursday against San Diego.