03/27/08 5:48 PM ET
Haren, Jackson show they're ready
Righty tosses seven strong innings; slugger drives in three
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
at Tucson, Ariz.
Thursday, March 27 D-backs at the plate: Conor Jackson showed he's ready for the season, going 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs. He hit a run-scoring double to left in a three-run first inning and knocked a two-run homer to left in the fifth inning. Robby Hammock collected three hits, and Augie Ojeda added two of his own. White Sox at the plate: The White Sox were determined to leave town with a bang, following their four-homer Wednesday with two more long balls in Thursday's Tucson Electric Park finale. Paul Konerko blasted a solo shot halfway up the grass in left-center to lead off the second, and Jermaine Dye launched one to the same spot to lead off the fifth. D-backs on the mound: Dan Haren came through with a quality start in his last Cactus League appearance. He held the White Sox to two runs on three hits and a walk in seven innings. Both runs came on solo homers, and Haren struck out six in his final start before the season. Brandon Lyon pitched the eighth, giving up two hits and an unearned run while striking out two. White Sox on the mound: Nick Masset continued his spring struggles, pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out two. Matt Thornton followed with 1 2/3 innings of two-run ball, and Scott Linebrink pitched a perfect seventh, striking out one. Cactus League records: Diamondbacks 12-17-1; White Sox 10-18-3. Up next for the White Sox: The White Sox leave Tucson behind as they finish their exhibition season on the road, taking on the Rangers in Oklahoma City on Friday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Left-hander John Danks will make his final start of the spring, facing off against the Rangers' Luis Mendoza.
Up next for the D-backs: Doug Davis gets a final tuneup Friday as the D-backs break camp and move to Phoenix for a pair of exhibition games at Chase Field. Davis will take on the Rockies' Micah Bowie, a candidate for Colorado's bullpen, at 6:10 p.m. MST.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.