Giants top D'backs behind three solid from Sanchez

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Giants top D'backs behind three solid from Sanchez

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Micah Owings has been working at a side job this spring while trying to pitch his way onto Arizona's 25-man roster. He's been working out at first base and taking a little batting practice.Owings struck out the side in a scoreless inning against the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Wednesday night.
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"He should really feel good about the way he threw," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We want to get him pitching and throwing the ball properly. I will have to get him an at bat pretty soon."When he's not working out with the pitchers, Owings is off at a back field taking grounders. The .293 career hitter has nine home runs in 184 career at bats.Jonathan Sanchez threw three solid innings, allowing two runs - one earned - on four hits. He walked one and struck out three."I thought Johnny threw the ball well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had good stuff all night."Zach Duke allowed three runs on seven hits over two innings and has given up 13 hits in his four innings this spring."The main thing is I felt good," Duke said. "You can't do too much about six broken bat hits. I'll just continue to work hard and get better. The more work I get, the more refined I'll get."Gibson echoed his starting pitcher."He has a long way to go but he's healthy," he said. "He broke some bats and that's a good sign."Freddy Sanchez collected his first two hits of the spring and Chris Stewart had two hits and drove in two runs for the Giants, who have won two of their last three games. Aaron Rowand and Charlie Culberson also drove in runs.Russell Branyan had two hits and drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who lost their third in four games. Miguel Montero also drove in a run.Stewart tripled home two runs in the second inning and scored on Rowand's sacrifice fly, offsetting Montero's RBI single in the top of the frame.Branyan singled home a run in the third as the Diamondbacks closed to within 3-2.Stewart and Culberson hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth to make it 4-2."Stew put on quite a hitting show," Bochy said. "Freddy looks like he's swinging the bat well."Marc Kroon, the 37-year-old closer who spent most of his career pitching in Japan, earned his first save on American soil with a scoreless ninth."He was pretty excited," Bochy said. "He kept the game for his first save in the USA."Notes: Giants RHP Matt Cain will not make his scheduled start Thursday due to right elbow inflammation. He will be replaced by Ryan Vogelsong. ... San Francisco LHP Jeremy Affeldt struck out one in a perfect inning as he made his spring debut. ... Giants' RHP Brian Wilson will throw to hitters on Thursday. ... Owings saw his spring ERA drop to 27.00 from 108.00. ... Branyan is hitting .556 (5-for-9) in three games and has a 1.000 slugging percentage.
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Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Morse hoped to bring a little levity to a battered clubhouse Wednesday. On his first day as a Giant since the 2014 World Series, he ended up bringing the most thrilling win of the season. 

Morse’s pinch-hit homer in the eighth shook AT&T Park and tied the game. His good friend Hunter Pence won it with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. 

The 10th-inning rally started with Gorkys Hernandez’s single off Ross Stripling. Hernandez stole second and Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, and both runners were safe when Adrian Gonzalez went to third on Nick Hundley’s bunt. Pence flied out to deep left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. The Giants had been 0-13 when trailing after seven. Morse  helped change all that.

Morse’s homer came an inning after Christian Arroyo’s first career homer. The newcomers saved a night that started with nothing but failure. 

The Giants entered with four games this month where they failed to put a runner on the first time through the order. Lefty Alex Wood stayed with the theme. Brandon Belt finally touched first with a one-out walk in the fourth but it wasn’t until the sixth that a Giant — Drew Stubbs — picked up a hit.

By that time, the Dodgers led 3-0. Johnny Cueto worked around some early trouble but Corey Seager got to him in the sixth. The young shortstop led off with a mammoth blast on a 3-2 pitch that landed a couple dozen rows up in left-center. The homer was tracked at 462 feet per Statcast, tied for the longest in the Majors this season.

The Dodgers went up 2-0 when Chase Utley blooped a single to left with the bases loaded. Utley was 1-for-31 at the time. Andrew Toles beat out a grounder to bring home a third run. 

The Giants looked dead in the water, but Wood — the Dodgers’ swingman — was pulled after 77 pitches and old friend Sergio Romo immediately opened the door. Buster Posey hit a one-out single and Arroyo lined a slider just over the fence in left-center.

Morse’s first at-bat as a Giant in three years sent an even bigger charge through the park. He got a 97 mph fastball from Pedro Baez with two strikes and blasted it to left. Morse held his arm up right away and screamed as he rounded first.

Starting pitching report: Cueto was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks. He’ll finish April with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. After holding opposing hitters to a .238 average last year, he’s getting hit at a .271 clip this season. 

Bullpen report: Steven Okert did a great job of settling the place down, throwing a scoreless inning before Arroyo’s homer and retiring two more immediately after. 

At the plate: The 21-year-old Arroyo calmly clapped his hands once as he rounded first. He was pushed out of the dugout for a curtain call as the park roared. Most impressive of all, his mom, Kimberly, didn’t drop a single nacho as she celebrated in the stands.

In the field: Stubbs made a diving catch to open the seventh and Gorkys Hernandez followed with a nifty sliding catch at the wall.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,572 human beings. Thursday will be the 500th consecutive (announced) sellout.

Up next: Matt Moore (1-3, 5.87 ERA) will try to turn his month around. The Dodgers will trot out young lefty Julio Urias, who spent three weeks in the minors to control his innings count. 

Manaea exits A's game in Anaheim with left shoulder tightness

Manaea exits A's game in Anaheim with left shoulder tightness

ANAHEIM — A’s starter Sean Manaea left Wednesday night’s game after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.

It’s a troubling sign for an Oakland rotation that’s already been hit hard by injuries.

The A’s are about to welcome back Kendall Graveman from his own shoulder issue — he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch Thursday night. Sonny Gray’s return from a lat injury could come next week if he emerges from Thursday’s Triple-A rehab start OK.

But if Manaea goes on the shelf for any period of time, it certainly cancels out a portion of that optimism. The 25-year-old lefty usually sits in the low to mid-90’s with his fastball. Throughout Wednesday’s start, his fastball was in the 88-89 mile-per-hour range, only registering as high as 90 a handful of times. Manaea gave up three runs in the second inning against the Angels. For the season, he’s 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts.

More information should be coming after the game. The A’s trailed the Angels 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.