Giants suffer rare spring loss to Dodgers

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Giants suffer rare spring loss to Dodgers

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rubby De La Rosa looks ready for the big leagues.The Dodgers' minor league player of the year last season, De La Rosa threw four hitless innings Friday in his second spring start to help Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3.De La Rosa walked three and struck out two. Since allowing two runs in his first spring outing, he has given up only two hits in eight scoreless innings."It's fun to watch," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.While De La Rosa has a promising future, Giants starter Jeff Suppan is trying to extend his major league career by winning a job in the bullpen.Suppan, competing for the long relief role, allowed two runs and seven hits over four innings with two strikeouts. The 36-year-old right-hander has allowed 10 runs over his last eight innings covering three appearances."Sometimes you make your pitch and it gets hit. That's baseball," Suppan said. "I feel like if I'm locating that's all I can control."Matt Kemp tripled and hit a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers, who have won three straight after dropping eight in a row. Andre Ethier added an RBI double.Ivan DeJesus was 3 for 4 and Rafael Furcal went 2 for 4 for Los Angeles. Xavier Paul and Hector Gimenez homered in the ninth.Aaron Rowand went 1 for 4 with a run for the Giants, who lost for the first time in four games against the rival Dodgers this spring.NOTES: Before the game, Mattingly said 3B Casey Blake likely will begin the year on the disabled list after hurting his back Saturday. ... The game was played in front of a Scottsdale Stadium-record crowd of 12,188. ... Giants RHP Matt Cain threw 63 pitches in a four-inning start in a minor league game at nearby Indian Bend Park. Cain developed elbow inflammation after his first start of the spring and returned to the mound Monday against Milwaukee. "There was just a little achiness going on, we tried to take care of it and it's worked out fine," Cain said. ... Paul is 7 for 12 with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs over his last six games. ... Mattingly said DeJesus could be in the mix for a reserve infield spot but only if he's going to get sufficient at-bats. "You don't want to see him sit here," he said.

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

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At Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Marrero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and drove in four runs as the Giants rallied after Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on two hits in the top of the first.

Marrero, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Nationals trying to revive his career as a non-roster invitee, had an RBI single in the fifth.

Kevin Shackelford, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher, walked Orlando Calixte to open the ninth and Christian Arroyo blooped a single into left field before Marrero hit a line drive over the wall in left centerfield.

Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run single off Bumgarner in the first and Hunter Pence doubled in a run off Reds starter Rookie Davis. Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, is likely to open with Double-A Pensacola this year.

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.

Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.

Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.

Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.

Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.

Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.