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SF@LAD: Cain pitches six shutout innings

The Arizona Diamondbacks refer to themselves as the Majors' "most fan-friendly team." So far this season, they can also boast of being most friendly to fans of offense.

But that claim faces a stiff challenge in Friday night's opener of a weekend series against the gilded pitching staff of the Giants.

And not just from Matt Cain, who will start for San Francisco. Also from Arizona starter Daniel Hudson, who in his brief Major League career has redefined the notion of "quality right-hander."

Lovers of baseball nuance -- strategy, small-ball, the building tension of a pitchers' duel -- wouldn't know what to make of the D-backs. Everyone else is eating up their high-energy games.

High-scoring, too: Arizona's last eight games have seen a total of 112 runs cross the plate. The D-backs can give, as well as take, as witnessed by their 13-8 win and 15-5 defeat in the last two games of their most recent series with St. Louis.

The binge hitting could end Friday, courtesy of dieticians Cain and Hudson. Reverting to last September, through the 2010 postseason and his first two starts of this season, Cain has given up a total of 10 runs in his last nine starts covering 60 1/3 innings. All Hudson has done in his 13 starts since the D-backs acquired him last July (from the White Sox, for Edwin Jackson) is tender 13 quality starts.

Both teams took a day off after ending series Wednesday night, and the Giants should be particularly grateful for the lull following a typically intense set with the Dodgers.

Most teams have a tendency to come off rivalry games flat, and the Giants are no exception. Even in their World Series championship season of 2010, in series immediately following meetings with the Dodgers, the Giants won only two of six sets (although it must be noted both were over the D-backs) while going 9-10 in games.

Giants: Panda is "right"

• Pablo Sandoval's homer Wednesday off Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly was the switch-hitter's first homer from the right side since he took Cole Hamels deep last Aug. 19. That homer was also Sandoval's only right-handed shot of 2010.

• Center fielder Andres Torres is due to run the bases during Thursday's off-day, to test the condition of his strained left Achilles tendon. A decision on whether to place him on the disabled list is expected to be made Friday.

D-backs: Some big crooked numbers

• Wednesday's damage was the most runs Arizona had given up in nearly a year, since a 17-3 loss to the Brewers in Chase Field last May 8.

• Ian Kennedy's Wednesday start, when he lasted three innings, was the shortest of the 35 he has made since the D-backs acquired him from the Yankees in a three-team trade after the 2009 season.

Worth noting

• Stephen Drew, settling in as Arizona's cleanup hitter, is one of only two shortstops currently enlisted as the regular No. 4 hitter in the Majors. Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki is the other. Comments