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SF@CHC: Cain strikes out six over seven frames

When examining Matt Cain and Patrick Corbin's individual starts to the 2013 season, the results are a bit backward from what most would expect they'd look like.

While the 23-year-old Corbin, who won the fifth spot in the D-backs rotation in Spring Training, is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, Cain is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA.

The pitchers will meet Tuesday in San Francisco as the Giants try to win their first game of the year with Cain on the mound and the D-backs hope to move to 4-0 with Corbin starting.

In his last outing against the Brewers, Cain allowed seven runs on seven hits in six innings as Milwaukee hit three home runs off the right-hander.

Cain did, however, finish his start with three scoreless innings.

"It didn't really matter what it was in those [first] three innings, everything was coming back to the middle," Cain said after the game. "It's just not really repeating the delivery and being consistent in making pitches. I have to find a way to do a better job of that. I've got to kind of keep taking small steps and doing the right things."

Corbin last threw Thursday against the Yankees, the team the New York native grew up rooting for. The lefty deserved to win in his homecoming performance, but after tossing seven innings and surrendering just one run on two hits, J.J. Putz blew a save in the ninth to give Corbin a no-decision.

"It's a day I'll never forget," Corbin said after the game. "Just to be here with my family, all my friends here getting to see me play, it was awesome. To have the chance to pitch here is just amazing. I felt good and had really good fastball command and my slider today was good."

Giants: Belt taking extra swings
Not surprisingly, Brandon Belt was among the Giants who took extra batting practice Monday. Belt is striving to regain his stroke after being moved into a platoon with right-handed-batting Joaquin Arias. "He needs to get back to relaxing and letting the swing do the work," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Belt, who later hit a walk-off single in the ninth.

• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Barry Zito is the second Giants pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to record scoreless outings of at least seven innings in each of his first three home starts. Hall of Fame left-hander Carl Hubbell achieved this distinction at New York's Polo Grounds in 1933.

D-backs: Injuries forcing Prado to move around
Ideally, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson would like to leave Martin Prado at third base every day.

But with injuries to key players like Aaron Hill, Jason Kubel and Adam Eaton, Prado started at third Saturday, second Sunday and in left field Monday.

By playing Prado in left rather than third Monday, Gibson was able to get Eric Chavez's bat into the lineup at third. Chavez made the most of the opportunity, homering in the seventh inning.

"I don't want to do it," Gibson said. "We need more offense, so that's just the way it worked out. Ideally I don't have to do it. What I said initially, I said if you need to do it, he can take it. I do believe there's more stability, I think, if you leave them in one spot more often. He's not a utility guy."

Prado is off to a slow start offensively, hitting .241 after going 1-for-4 on Monday.

Worth noting
• Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence are the lone Giants to have started all 20 games this year.

• Wade Miley became the first pitcher to hit a home run from the left side in AT&T Park history Monday. Comments