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Cain sharp in return, but Giants lose to Brewers

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Cain sharp in return, but Giants lose to Brewers

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Cain has put a premium on his durability during his major-league pitching career, and he isn't about to stop now.The right-hander had started on Feb. 27, but missed two starts due to inflammation in his right elbow. He insisted he was fine all along, but the Giants wanted to be careful. They allowed him to throw a bit on the side, but nothing in games.The true test came on Monday, when Cain started against the Milwaukee Brewers. He threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one batter.Those who followed Cain to the mound, namely veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan, weren't nearly as fortunate. The Brewers rallied for six runs - five earned - off Suppan and went on to post a 12-8 victory in front of 11,686 at Scottsdale Stadium.Jeremy Reed hit a three-run homer in a six-run fifth inning for Milwaukee, and Brandon Boggs added s solo shot in the seventh. Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval homered for the Giants."Everything felt good," said Cain, who has thrown 200 or more innings in four of his five full major-league seasons and was at 190 in his first full season. "In the first inning, I was leaving some pitches over the middle of the plate and they hit some line drives at guys. The more I threw, the more I was able to work the corners."It's always a concern to leave pitches over the plate, but that means I'm throwing more strikes. I'd rather give up hits now than walks."The key for Cain came with two outs in the third and two runners on base. He struck out Brewers slugger Ryan Braun when Braun took a mighty uppercut at a curveball for the final out. Braun was playing after missing two games with a strained rib-cage muscle."I like to have situations like that in the spring like you have in the season," Cain said. "You have to find ways to get guys out in those situations. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't."Giants catcher Buster Posey said Cain had better command of his fastball after the first inning."He has been the model of consistency for us," Posey said. "He is an intricate part of our rotation. They all have different personalities, different styles. They've all got good stuff."Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "It looked like Matty wasn't missing a beat. He was letting it go, hitting his spots. He was confident throwing any pitch at any time."The Giants and Brewers survived a scare in the fourth inning. Sandoval went to field a ground ball by Zelous Wheeler and ran into baserunner Chris Dickerson in a vicious collision. Both players had the wind knocked out of them and were down on the field for a few moments. Sandoval remained in the game, but Dickerson left shortly thereafter with bruised ribs. X-rays showed no fractures.Winning pitcher Randy Wolf was relieved that the players got up."Thank God that Sandoval lost 30 pounds over the winter. Otherwise, that would have been a decapitation," Wolf said.Notes: LHP Barry Zito threw well in a minor-league intrasquad game for the Giants. ... The World Series champions pared 21 from their roster: nine pitchers, two catchers, five infielders and five outfielders. ... Bochy said Suppan "had one of those spring training tough days. It was a day when they (Brewers) found holes everywhere and we didn't make plays." ... Bochy said teams appear to be making more errors now because the increasing desert temperatures are causing "infields to get baked pretty good all over the Cactus League. But we still have to tighten some things up." ... Brewers OF Logan Schaefer sustained a thumb injury while sliding into second base. ... The Giants' spring ERA jumped from 3.11 to 3.54. ... OF Andres Torres has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Brewers OF Boggs began the spring going 2 for 14 but has gone 11 for 26 since.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."

ELFIN PAINED IN LOSS

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.

PHILLIE FANATIC

Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.