Exhale -- Giants explode for 10-0 rout of Dodgers

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Exhale -- Giants explode for 10-0 rout of Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) After going winless in his first 14 starts against the Dodgers, Matt Cain has proven more than able ever since.The right-hander scattered five hits over six innings, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs each and the San Francisco Giants won 10-0 Saturday for their first win of the season."He's always been tough, but it seems like over the last couple of years, he's been using more of his pitches and he's turned into a handful," new Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Cain.After his long drought, Cain is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts against the Dodgers, with his first win coming last season."It was like kind of looming over me, I never beat the Dodgers, so it was definitely nice to get the monkey off the back last year," he said.Cain (1-0) struck out three and walked none, picking up where he left off last season as one of the Giants' most consistent starters and showing no signs of the right elbow inflammation that cost him nearly two weeks in the spring."Matt Cain was outstanding," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had good command of all his pitches. I was confident he would be himself. You could tell he wasn't hesitant on any pitch."
VIDEO: Bruce Bochy postgame
Miguel Tejada added two RBIs for the defending World Series champions, who had committed five errors in dropping a pair of one-run games to the rival Dodgers. But they backed Cain with ample offense and clean defense to avoid equaling their worst start since moving to San Francisco in 1958."The guys weren't afraid to get into counts and weren't afraid to take those two-out hits," Cain said, "so that shows the confidence those guys have that they weren't worried about not getting the runners in before and stepping up when they needed to."VIDEO: Matt Cain postgame
It was the Giants' largest margin of victory over their rivals since Oct. 3, 2004, when they beat them by the same score."It's really special for me," said the 36-year-old Tejada, who hit in the leadoff spot with his newest team for the first time since 1999. "We just need somebody to start and then everybody follow. We're all happy today."Ted Lilly (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one for the Dodgers in an inauspicious season debut for the left-hander. Lilly signed a 33 million, three-year contract in October, the most lucrative of any of the free agents who signed with the club in the offseason.Lilly was roughed up in the fifth, when the Giants got to him for three runs."Certainly that fifth turned into a disaster," he said. "I was kind of erratic in the zone. I was throwing strikes, but they weren't quality strikes. I got behind in the count too many times and didn't throw quality pitches when I had to."With two outs, Tejada's RBI single to left field scored Aaron Rowand, who singled and advanced on Lilly's balk. Sanchez followed with a double down the left field line that scored Tejada.Huff singled home Sanchez to chase Lilly and extend the Giants' lead to 4-0. Buster Posey then singled off Mike MacDougal before Pat Burrell struck out swinging to end the inning.The Giants batted around in the sixth when they added four runs off Kenley Jansen. Mark DeRosa's double scored rookie Brandon Belt, who walked and stole second. Sanchez's bloop single over first base scored DeRosa before Huff's two-run single to center field made it 8-0.Sanchez homered on the second pitch from Lance Cormier in the eighth.Huff made a charging catch on Tony Gwynn Jr. in the seventh to prevent the Dodgers from scoring.NOTES: Giants LHP Barry Zito is expected to make his scheduled start on Sunday, four days after being in a car accident in West Hollywood. He said it was important not to miss his turn because of the affect it would have on the rest of the rotation. ... Dodgers INF Juan Uribe missed his second straight game with a bruised left elbow. ... Dodgers C Hector Gimenez singled in the seventh for his first major league hit. ... Last season, 115 of the Giants' 162 games were decided by three runs or less, most in the majors ... Dodgers 1B coach Davey Lopes wasn't at the game because of a death in his family. Hitting instructor Dave Hansen replaced him.

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

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At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

MESA, Ariz. — An unexpected opportunity came Daniel Gossett’s way Sunday, and the young right-hander took it in stride.

When the A’s adjusted their starting rotation, Kendall Graveman got bumped to Monday and Gossett learned he’d be taking the ball to start Sunday’s Cactus League home opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I’m here for what they need me for,” Gossett said. “So anything they need, gimme the ball.”

He spun two scoreless innings in a game Oakland lost 5-3 at Hohokam Stadium. A nice first impression for Gossett, indeed, but the truth is A’s officials were already quite familiar with him.

A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, Gossett impressed at three levels of the farm system in 2016, beginning the year with Single-A Stockton and finishing it with Triple-A Nashville.

This is his first big league camp, and manager Bob Melvin even mentioned Gossett as being part of the fifth starter conversation.

“He impressed everybody in the organization last year, so when talking about that fifth spot, who knows?” Melvin said before the game.

The only blemishes on Gossett’s day were the pair of walks he issued. After walking Jefrey Marte to lead off the second, he got a lift from his catcher, as Josh Phegley fired a strike to second to nail Marte trying to steal.

“A pitcher’s best friend, I guess,” Gossett said. He went 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA across 27 starts at all three levels of the minors last year, and his 151 strikeouts led the A’s farm system. Gossett’s fastball ranges anywhere from 90-95 on the gun. He throws a changeup that gets the most swings and misses, plus a slider and curve.

Grady Fuson, an A’s special assistant to the general manager, liked the adjustments he saw with Gossett over the course of last season.

“He’s a super kid, a grinder,” Fuson said over the winter. “He’s a guy that hadn’t struck many guys out and had been very hittable in the strike zone. (In 2016), he started executing to different parts of the zone that limits the hard contact.”

CAMP BATTLE: Alejandro De Aza sparked the A’s first rally in the third Sunday with a triple, then scored on Mark Canha’s double. With Jake Smolinski sidelined currently by a shoulder issue, it’s a good time for De Aza, a non-roster invitee to camp, to make his mark. The door could be open for him to make a push to make the roster as a fifth outfielder.

“He’s an interesting guy,” Melvin said of the nine-year veteran. “He knows how to play the game, he can play all three outfield spots. We’ve seen him before when he’s given us trouble, too, with the White Sox.”

Another contender for a reserve outfield spot is Jaycob Brugman, who has yet to crack the majors but is already on the 40-man roster. He singled home a run in the seventh. Like De Aza and Smolinski, Brugman can play center field, and it stands to reason the A’s will want to carry someone who can back up Rajai Davis at that position.

NOTEWORTHY: Phegley admitted to some butterflies before getting behind the plate for his first game since July, when a right knee injury wiped out the rest of his season.

But he looked good springing up to nail Marte on the second-inning steal attempt. The A’s are counting on Phegley returning to his role as the right-handed hitting platoon partner with Stephen Vogt behind the plate.

STOCK RISING: Melvin was impressed, and entertained, by the first look he got at reliever Simon Castro on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Castro retired Kris Bryant to strand a runner at third, the only hitter he faced. But it was what happened before the at-bat that caught Melvin’s attention.

“When he came to the mound he was pretty vocal,” Melvin noted. “He was fired up, telling the guys ‘Let’s go!’ I haven’t heard that too many times out of pitchers, let alone in spring training. So he impressed me with his eagerness to pitch.”

FAMILIAR FACES: Campy Campaneris and Blue Moon Odom each threw out ceremonial first pitches before Sunday’s exhibition home opener, which drew a smallish crowd of 4,072.