TEMPE, Ariz. — Brad Hennessey got a rare chance to start Saturday, but it's apparently not something he should get used to.

Manager Bruce Bochy said there are no plans to add Hennessey to the short list of fifth-starter candidates — much to the pitcher's chagrin.

"I'd love to start, but it's out of my control," Hennessey said.

His performance during a 6-6 tie against the Los Angeles Angels was fine, although it did not exactly command the Giants to reconsider his role. Hennessey allowed two runs in three innings in his first Cactus League start of 2008.

A few hours down the road, in Tucson, Jonathan Sanchez inched closer to that fifth starter's job by allowing no earned runs in three innings of a 6-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

It was Sanchez's best outing of the spring. He made a slight tweak in his delivery — raising his glove to chest level instead of dropping his hands as he begins to load — and threw 32 of his 55 pitches for strikes.

Hennessey, meanwhile, seems a tad caught in between. He has 40 career major league starts but worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time last season when he led the Giants in relief appearances (69) and saves (19).

When Hennessey took the mound Saturday — as a starter — he still pitched from the stretch rather than the windup.

Regarding the possibility of him starting again, Bochy left the door open only slightly by saying, "Maybe. But right now we're not looking at that.


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We're going to leave him where he's at."

With Noah Lowry (hand surgery) out until at least late April, the Giants have an unexpected vacancy in the rotation. Kevin Correia will take Lowry's fourth slot, leaving a likely battle between Sanchez and Patrick Misch, who gets his first start of the Cactus League today.

INJURY UPDATES: Bochy said Tim Lincecum's groin injury is "fine." The right-handed pitcher skipped his scheduled start and threw a bullpen session instead. Bochy expected Lincecum to take his next scheduled start.

Randy Winn felt much better a day after fouling a ball of his left knee. Bochy said the outfielder might be able to return to action today.

First baseman Daniel Ortmeier was hit by a pitch and has a bruised right knee. His status is listed as day to day.

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