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SF@ARI: Goldschmidt cranks a two-run shot

D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is far too humble to even touch the subject.

And Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum can't really explain it.

But there's no getting around the fact that Goldschmidt absolutely owns Lincecum, whom he will face once again Wednesday night when the D-backs and Giants hook up in the second game of this three-game set at AT&T Park.

It started in 2011 when Goldschmidt was playing in just his second game after being called up from Double-A Mobile. Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer off Lincecum in the fifth inning.

After blasting another homer and going 2-for-3 against Lincecum last week, Goldschmidt is 12-for-23 with a double and six home runs against the Giants right-hander.

"You tell me," Lincecum said after the latest home run. "I'm going to start throwing underhand to him or something. I don't know. It's a game of adjustments. He's constantly making them against me, so I've got to do the same thing against him. That will be for the next go-around."

Lincecum did not get a decision in that Thursday start as he allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings, but the very fact that he was able to take the ball at all was impressive.

Lincecum was felled by food poisoning a couple of days before that start and there was some discussion he might not be able to pitch.

In addition, Lincecum was struck on the inside of his left knee by a line drive during a March 28 exhibition game against the A's.

"For everything that happened to him this week, getting hit [in the leg] and getting sick, I thought he had a really nice game," manager Bruce Bochy said that night.

For those watching the game back in Arizona, the game will begin on FOX Sports Arizona Plus, and when the Phoenix Suns game ends on FOX Sports Arizona, the game will also be carried there.

D-backs: AT&T Park a great place for baseball
The D-backs were 11-4 against the Giants at Candlestick Park. At AT&T Park, however, they have been just 51-76.

That being said, it is still one of manager Kirk Gibson's favorite ballparks.

"This is one of the more vibrant atmospheres that we play in," Gibson said. "It's a great park; the fans really are engaged in everything every day. We enjoy playing here, we really do. We enjoy playing in this park, in this city and against this team."

The D-backs were 5-5 against the Giants last year in San Francisco.

Giants: Hicks is first at second -- for now
It will be intriguing to see how long Brandon Hicks remains the Giants' primary second baseman. It's difficult to call him the starting second baseman, unless he hits .340 and plays outstanding defense. Hicks had been sharing second base with Joaquin Arias, the Opening Night second baseman, and Ehire Adrianza, who actually had started more games (three) than either Arias or Hicks (two apiece) when manager Bruce Bochy announced Tuesday that Hicks had risen to the top of the food chain and was starting in the Giants' home opener.

Striking out has been a problem for Hicks, who made the team as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. Entering this year, he had gone down on strikes 753 times in 2,322 Minor League at-bats. In his limited big league opportunities -- cups of coffee with the Braves in 2010-11 and the A's in 2012 -- Hicks struck out 42 times in 90 at-bats.

In fact, Hicks struck out in each of his first two at-bats Tuesday. Worse, he committed a second-inning throwing error that helped the D-backs score.

Worth noting
• Top prospect Archie Bradley made his Triple-A Reno debut Sunday and allowed four hits and walked two in five shutout innings. Bradley, who was ranked as the top pitching prospect in baseball by MLB.com, struck out three.

• The Giants hit 11 home runs in their first seven games of the season. Last year it took 19 games for them to hit 11 homers.

• Tuesday's opener was the 247th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park dating back to Oct. 1, 2010. It's the longest active home sellout streak in the Majors.

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