All-Star starter Cain sharp in two scoreless innings

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All-Star starter Cain sharp in two scoreless innings

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain is in line to add All-Star Game winning pitcher to his already impressive MLB resume.

The San Francisco Giants' right-handed starter held the American League All-Stars scoreless over two innings of work in Kansas City.

With a World Series win and a perfect game under his belt, Cain was asked by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal to compare those accomplishments with his All-Star outing.

"Its right up there with all of them," Cain said. "Its definitely right up there with all of them -- theres all the nerves, all the pressure, and all the excitement. That was a thrilling two innings right there."

Cain came out of the dugout to work the bottom of the first inning with a 5-0 lead, thanks in large part to his Giants teammates Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.

The only blemish on Cain's pitching line was a leadoff single by Derek Jeter that never left the infield. The New York Yankees' captain hit a ground ball that deflected off the glove of Sandoval to shortstop Rafael Furcal, who couldn't get his throw to first in time to nab Jeter.

After Robinson Cano hit a foul pop up to Sandoval for the first out of the inning, the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton nearly took Cain deep, but his opposite field shot died at the wall, where Ryan Braun made the catch.

Cain struck out the Toronto Blue Jays' Joey Bautista swinging on a 95 MPH fastball to end the inning.

N.L. manager Tony La Russa allowed Cain to work the second inning, and he did not disappoint with a six-pitch inning. Cain got the Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder to fly out to Cabrera in center, and Adrian Beltre followed with a sky-scraping fly ball in the infield caught by Furcal. Designated hitter David Ortiz made loud contact against Cain, but his opposite field fly ball ended up in Braun's glove for the final out of the frame.

Cain became the seventh Giants pitcher to start the All-Star Game, as he was preceded by Tim Lincecum (2009), Jason Schmidt (2003), Rick Reuschel (1989), Vida Blue (1978), Juan Marichal (1965, 1967) and Carl Hubbell (1934).

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

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Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.