Giants slate 'B' game for Kickham, Heston

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With two of their starting pitching prospects needing work, the Giants scheduled a "B" game for Sunday morning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The game is scheduled to last six innings, enabling the Giants to allocate three innings apiece to left-hander Mike Kickham and right-hander Chris Heston, ranked as the team's Nos. 12 and 8 prospects, respectively. The pair of 24-year-olds, who thrived at Double-A Richmond last year, must continue to develop their endurance for the regular season. Kickham, 11-10 with a 3.05 ERA at Richmond, has pitched three innings in two outings. Heston, 9-8 with a 2.24 ERA for the Flying Squirrels, has logged 2 2/3 innings in two appearances.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy noted with a trace of amusement that the game could last seven innings. Bochy said that Arizona might reserve an inning for Josh Booty, the former Louisiana State University quarterback who emerged from MLB Network's reality series "The Next Knuckler" to earn a spot in D-backs camp.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.