LEADING THE WAY… OF Angel Pagan has hit safely in each of the first six games on the year (11-for-27, .407), while driving in at least one run in five of the six contests…his eight RBI overall are tied for third most in the NL.
TIM HUDSON… Three-time All-Star is scheduled to make his 2nd start this season and his first in a Giants uniform in the home opener…Tuesday’s game will be his 429th appearance and his 428th start…signed by the Giants as a free agent, to a two-year contract, Nov. 19, 2013…has enjoyed a very successful career against the D-Backs, going 8-1 lifetime with a 1.99 ERA in 12 starts (one complete game)…his 1.99 ERA ranks as the second-lowest against Arizona among pitchers who have tossed at least 75.0 innings against AZ.
THE BRANDONS… 1B Brandon Belt (.296, 3 HRs, 6 runs, 6 RBI), SS Brandon Crawford (.267, 2 2Bs. 5 walks) and 2B Brandon Hicks (.444, 3 runs, 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 1 walk, 2 RBI) are hitting a combined .294 (15-for-51) with 11 runs scored, 4 2Bs, 4 HRs, 6 walks and 9 RBI in the first six games.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Slugged his 1st homer of year yesterday here in LA, 3-run shot in 5th (off Paul Maholm)…HR vs. lefty matched his total for all of last year (13 of his 14 HRs in 2013 were of RHers).