Outlook: Scutaro has solid average but minimal power

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro continued his regimen of baseball-related activities but still hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game as he copes with back pain.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that he might divulge more details about Scutaro's condition Wednesday.

In Scutaro's absence, Nick Noonan has played a team-high 39 innings at second base, followed by Tony Abreu (29) and Brandon Hicks (26). Ehire Adrianza, who's likely to receive more extensive activity at second base later in the spring, has played four innings there.

Posey finds hitting groove with first homer

SF@CIN: Posey ties the game with a three-run home run

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Buster Posey has swung the bat with his usual grace this spring. Tuesday, he matched looks with results.

Posey drilled a three-run, third-inning homer off Cincinnati Reds starter Tony Cingrani and went 3-for-3 with four RBIs to propel the Giants to an 8-5 exhibition triumph.

Posey entered the game with only one RBI before collecting his first spring homer. He also raised his batting average from .286 to .412.

"This [Spring Training] is where you try to get your timing and get your confidence going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I know he has been working on some things to get himself back to where he thinks he's on track."

Ehire Adrianza continued to impress, adding a two-run homer in the fourth. The switch-hitting Adrianza has improved markedly as a left-handed batter, though he hit his drive off Cingrani right-handed.

"He has good balance from both sides," Bochy said of Adrianza.

Hudson happy to be tested by Cincinnati

SF@CIN: Bochy on Hudson, Posey vs. Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In April or later, Tim Hudson would have been disgusted with himself.

But since this was March, Hudson reveled in his inelegant performance in the Giants' 8-5 exhibition victory Tuesday over the Cincinnati Reds.

Hudson exceeded 70 pitches, thus building arm strength. He singled twice, forcing him to run the bases on the right ankle he injured last July. He allowed four runs and five hits while walking three in 3 2/3 innings, giving him plenty of practice in pitching from the stretch position.

"It was work that I needed," Hudson said. "Definitely a step in the right direction from the conditioning standpoint. The [statistical] line wasn't what I wanted it to be, but I felt like today was a very good workday for me."

Hudson, who allowed two hits and zero runs in five innings spanning his two previous Cactus League appearances, attributed his shaky pitching to his cut fastball, which he rated below standard.