Bonds was on deck when Rangers reliever Eric Gagne, making his first Major League appearance since last June, ended the fifth inning. Most onlookers anticipated a renewal of the Bonds-Gagne matchups that enlivened Giants-Dodgers games of recent vintage, but such wasn't the case."It's too early in the spring to face him," said Gagne, who's trying to overcome elbow and back injuries. "You see what he did in his last at-bat? I don't need to face him. I've got enough to work on." Resurgent Frandsen: Infielder Kevin Frandsen emerged from his offensive funk by going 3-for-4 with a fifth-inning homer off Gagne. Frandsen, who grew up in San Jose rooting for the Giants, jokingly referred to Gagne's Dodgers background to explain his long ball. "I'm a Dodger hater," Frandsen said. "... He's still out there in blue. Long hair and goatee." Said Gagne of the 1-2 pitch Frandsen yanked out to left field, "Good curve. Wrong time." It was the right time for Frandsen, who entered the game batting .205. Even against Gagne, Frandsen said he missed chances to make solid contact before homering. "That's the thing I've been doing a lot lately," Frandsen said. "Today I finally got the bat head there and started driving balls." Rumor logic: Don't get too worked up over recent speculation that the Cincinnati Reds have joined the list of potential suitors for Armando Benitez. The Reds have received encouraging performances from a different right-hander striving to recover from injuries: Dustin Hermanson, whom they signed to a Minor League contract on March 1. Hermanson didn't give up a hit in his first three appearances, spanning three innings, entering Tuesday. Hermanson probably will be Cincinnati's closer if he can continue to avoid back trouble. The Reds also would be hard-pressed to absorb Benitez's $7.6 million salary, although the Giants likely would assume part of his wages in any deal involving the right-hander. Aurilia scratched: Rich Aurilia was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after he was involved in a minor automobile accident on Scottsdale Road. Aurilia was unharmed, but the Giants still elected to rest him for precautionary reasons. He's expected to play Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Coming up: The Giants make their third and final visit to Tucson on Wednesday to face the White Sox. It'll be the first Cactus League meeting between the teams. Aurilia, Dave Roberts, Randy Winn and Ray Durham are expected to be among the veterans on the trip. Matt Cain (1-1) will start for the Giants against Javier Vazquez (0-2).
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less