Zito takes loss in Indians' 7-1 win over Giants

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Zito takes loss in Indians' 7-1 win over Giants

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The World Series champion San Francisco Giants are looking more fragile by the day.With closer Brian Wilson already ailing, the Giants found out NL championship series MVP Cody Ross would be lost for about three weeks, news that came a few hours before they lost 7-1 to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
SOURCE: Giants' Ross out for Opening Day
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said the team will be ready come opening day."We are happy with the amount of innings played, innings pitched. Nobody has been cheated out of an opportunity. We really didn't see a lot of your younger kids and hopefully, that speaks to the depth of our roster."Chad Huffman hit a three-run homer and an RBI double and Luke Carlin added a solo homer for the Indians.Left-hander David Huff, making a late bid to earn the final spot in Cleveland's rotation, pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits. Manager Manny Acta is due to announce his rotation on Saturday.The Indians scored three runs - only one earned - in the third inning off Giants starter Barry Zito. Carlin hit a two-out homer off the left-hander in the sixth and Huffman connected in the seventh off Ramon Ramirez for his third homer of the spring.Miguel Tejada hit a solo homer in the seventh for the Giants, his first of the spring. San Francisco signed Tejada as a free agent after parting ways with World Series MVP Edgar Renteria.Ross strained his right calf while chasing a flyball to right field on Wednesday. Wilson continues to have difficulty with his strained left abdominal muscle. He tried to play catch on Wednesday but had to shut it down because the pain had not subsided.
NEWS: Giants' Wilson sustains setback with oblique injury
Sabean said it is "50-50" on Wilson being ready on opening day. Wilson could remain in Scottsdale, where the weather is warmer, and continue to rehabilitate his injury.NOTES: Cleveland CF Grady Sizemore (left knee) went 1 for 3 with a walk as the DH in a minor league game against the Chicago White Sox. ... Giants INF Mark DeRosa returned to action for the first time in more than a week, playing 3B after resting his left wrist (tendinitis).

Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

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The A's fell to the Angels 8-5 Wednesday night in Anaheim, but the bigger loss was Sean Manaea to a left shoulder injury.

Manaea left after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Yonder Alonso was the offensive star for the A's with a home run and three RBI. Matt Joyce added a two-run homer in the eighth.

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.