Upton belts fourth spring homer

Upton belts fourth spring homer

D-BACKS 10, WHITE SOX 1
at Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, March 26

White Sox at the plate: The White Sox offense still racked up nine hits but scored only one run. Juan Pierre, Paul Konerko and Mark Teahen each had two hits. Carlos Quentin, Andruw Jones and Jason Nix had one hit each. Alexei Ramirez drove in the team's only run.

D-backs at the plate: Tony Abreu continues to make a strong case for the final spot on the bench. The infielder finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs. He also scored a run. Chris Young went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Mark Reynolds went 3-for-3. Augie Ojeda had two hits and scored two runs. The D-backs recorded 15 hits in the win.

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White Sox on the mound: Freddy Garcia has seen better days on the mound. The Venezuelan was charged with seven runs on 11 hits in five innings. He struck out three batters and issued one walk. Randy Williams followed Garcia with a scoreless inning of relief. Tony Pena gave up three runs on three hits in the game's final two innings.

D-backs on the mound: Edwin Jackson shined, throwing six scoreless innings for the win. He allowed five hits and struck out two batters for his first victory of spring. He walked three. He helped himself on offense with a single, a sacrifice bunt and a run scored. Bob Howry and Blaine Boyer each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Aaron Heilman gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work.

Worth noting: All eyes were on Justin Upton and he did not disappoint. The D-backs right fielder hit a three-run home run, his fourth of Spring Training, in the bottom of the third inning. He had been slowed by sprained left ankle and did not play in Thursday's game as a precautionary measure. Upton finished 1-for-4.

Cactus League records: White Sox 7-13-4; D-backs 11-12-1

Up next: Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson are at the top of the rotation, and it appears Ian Kennedy appears headed for the No. 3 spot. He'll get another chance to show that he deserves the opportunity when he takes the hill against the Indians at 1:05 MST in Goodyear, Ariz., on Saturday. Clay Zavada, Esmerling Vasquez, Leo Rosales and Zach Kroenke are also scheduled to pitch.

The White Sox play their final Cactus League game in Tucson on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to Hi Corbett Field to take on the Rockies. Look for regular position players who made the two-day trip, such as Paul Konerko, Mark Teahen and Alexei Ramirez, to be in the starting lineup once again. Saturday is Jake Peavy's scheduled day to pitch, but he will be starting in a Minor League game against the Reds back in Goodyear. Ozzie Guillen didn't want Peavy to pitch in a National League game because he didn't want Peavy to have a chance to hit and risk injury. Peavy hurt his ankle in 2009 running the bases against the Cubs. Bobby Jenks also will pitch in Goodyear, while Randy Williams, one of the team's most effective relievers this spring, will work his second of back-to-back games on Saturday.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.