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McCutchen happy with timing after big game

Right fielder says he's 'getting in that groove' after going 3-for-4 in Giants' win
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew McCutchen indicated that he's ready for the regular season with Sunday's lively effort in the Giants' 13-0 Cactus League victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Starting on back-to-back days for the first time this spring, San Francisco's right fielder went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew McCutchen indicated that he's ready for the regular season with Sunday's lively effort in the Giants' 13-0 Cactus League victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Starting on back-to-back days for the first time this spring, San Francisco's right fielder went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

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"Getting in that groove, having my timing feels good," McCutchen said. "I feel like I stayed on some pitches well today."

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That included a first-inning double high off the center-field batter's eye at Salt River Fields. McCutchen's drive was just as impressive as any of the Giants' four homers -- Hunter Pence's one-out clout in the first inning, Pablo Sandoval's three-run drive in the fifth inning and the seventh-inning homers added by Madison Bumgarner and Nick Hundley.

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"I didn't see it," McCutchen said of his double. "I heard it."

• Sandoval, who's batting .306, collected four RBIs while playing first base. Manager Bruce Bochy did not rule out the possibility of using Sandoval at first to give Brandon Belt occasional breaks. That would more likely occur against a left-handed starter. The switch-hitting Sandoval insisted that he's much more comfortable batting right-handed than he was in recent years, when shoulder problems interfered with his swing from that side.

• Pence's homer continued his recent resurgence. His batting average has risen to .294. "My body feels good," he said. "This time of spring, it's time to start turning it on."

Up next

Right-hander Johnny Cueto will make his final Cactus League tuneup on Monday when the Giants entertain Cleveland at Scottsdale Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. PT start. Right-hander Josh Tomlin will start for Cleveland. The game can be seen on a video webcast or heard on an audio webcast.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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