Cabrera impressing with hot bat

Cabrera impressing with hot bat

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Had this been a regular-season game, Giants fans would have canonized Melky Cabrera.

Instead, it was a meaningless March exhibition, leaving the Giants and their followers to ponder what could be if Cabrera continues his torrid hitting -- which crested Tuesday with a pair of home runs in the Giants' 8-4 exhibition victory over the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

The switch-hitting Cabrera homered from each side of the plate. His first-inning drive off Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly traveled so far and so fast over the left-field barrier that the Los Angeles defenders didn't even move.

Cabrera struck again in the sixth, when he cleared the right-field wall off right-hander Ramon Troncoso.

"I don't care if it's Spring Training. That's impressive," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Few guys have done that or can do that."

Cabrera, who's hitting .455, is projected to bat second in the Giants' lineup. But he might settle into more of a run-producing spot if he sustains his spring performance.

"He just looks very confident," Bochy said. "He just does his thing. He's very humble. He doesn't say a lot, but he gets his work in."

Indeed, Cabrera repeated bromides about working hard and appreciating the opportunity he's receiving with the Giants, who acquired him from Kansas City during the offseason for left-handers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.

"I'm hitting the ball well. I'm happy to be here," Cabrera said, speaking through an interpreter. "I come in and do my work and I'm happy to see the results."