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Santiago 'fighting for a job'

White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago delivers against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a spring training game Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Sox and Giants tied, 9-9. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Paul Konerko had two hits for the White Sox, and Hector Santiago allowed three runs on five hits in his two innings of a 9-9 spring training tie with the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

The Sox played to a tie for the second consecutive day.

Madison Bumgarner threw two scoreless innings in his first outing since the second game of the World Series, and postseason hero Marco Scutaro had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants.

Santiago, who was impressive during four starts in September and October, said he's not taking anything for granted.

"I came to spring training fighting for a job," Santiago said. "I'm like everybody else here. Nothing is guaranteed to me."

Even should there be no room in the starting rotation, Santiago feels comfortable in whatever role he will be assigned.

"I'm pretty wide," he said. "I can adjust to anything."

He entered the game just wanting to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters. He walked one and struck out one.

"I threw all my pitches and it felt like I threw everything where I wanted," said Santiago, who was 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in four starts last year.

Joaquin Arias, Brett Pill and Cole Gillespie each drove in two runs as the Giants took a 9-0 lead after three innings.

The Sox got two back in the sixth and tied the game with a seven-run eighth, highlighted by Seth Loman's three-run homer.

NOTES: Chicago RHP Nestor Molina makes the start at the Rangers on Tuesday. He appeared briefly with Triple-A Charlotte, starting one game. ... The Giants send RHP Tim Lincecum, with his new haircut, to the mound at the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... The Giants had a triple (Hunter Pence), double (Gillespie) and single (Andres Torres) in the second inning. ... Giants RHP Brett Bochy, the son of manager Bruce Bochy, got a blown save after giving up five runs in 2/3 innings in the eighth. He also allowed two inherited runners to score. ... White Sox LHP Donnie Veal slipped while catching a popped bunt and was in pain afterward. He was removed from the game and walked off under his own power.


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