Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis, right, celebrates with third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run off San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Be
Ben Margot
April 02, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Matt Cain's accelerated spring seems to have turned out just fine.

The San Francisco fifth starter had his routine interrupted when a cyst in his upper pitching arm burst and required surgery Feb. 25.

Cain allowed one earned run and two hits in five innings of his final tuneup Saturday in the Giants' 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics, throwing 88 pitches after tossing 90 his previous outing.

Yes, he's stretched out going into the season.

''Surgery's surgery and you never know how you're going to bounce back out if it,'' said Cain, whose last two seasons were derailed by elbow injuries. ''Luckily, it's gone the way that we wanted and we've stayed on track to get where we needed to be.''

He is set to make his season debut Friday at AT&T Park against the three-time defending NL West champion Dodgers.

Khris Davis homered in his first appearance before the Oakland home crowd as the A's snapped a five-game spring skid.

Matt Chapman also homered for the A's. There were eight total hits in the preseason series finale of the Bay Bridge Series, the final tuneup for the clubs before their season openers Monday.

Davis connected against Cain leading off the third, when the A's added on two more thanks to an assist from new Giants center fielder Denard Span.

Span's two errors on one play trying to secure Jed Lowrie's deep flyball allowed Lowrie to round the bases for a 3-0 lead in the third. Span missed the catch and the ball got away on the warning track.

Manager Bruce Bochy isn't concerned about Span's defense.

Ehire Adrianza homered on a 3-2 pitch in the ninth to keep San Francisco from being shut out.


Oakland lefty Felix Doubront, slated to be the club's fifth starter, worked one inning with a walk before exiting because of tightness in his left forearm. He was undergoing an MRI exam after the game and manager Bob Melvin didn't want to guess whether a roster move would be necessary.

Former Giants prospect lefty Eric Surkamp (2-1) worked seven innings of relief to beat his old club.

''Bob put him in and rode his horse,'' Bochy said of Melvin. ''He went right through us. ... He was on top of his game.''

The A's have an available option after just sending Jesse Hahn to Triple-A Nashville.


Oakland's players took part in some good-natured team building with a morning shootaround next door in the Golden State Warriors' Oracle Arena, with right fielder Josh Reddick hitting a Stephen Curry-like 3-pointer from the tunnel where the reigning NBA MVP shoots before every game with the defending champs.

Reddick tweeted at Curry with the words, ''I'm ready for you'' along with a video clip of his made shot.

New reliever John Axford made an underhanded ''granny'' shot from the stands - to which he posted on Twitter, ''Damn it feels good to be a (granny shootin) gangsta!!!''

Pitcher Chris Bassitt won the 3-point contest and a Klay Thompson jersey, while non-roster righty Ryan Brasier captured the free throw shooting crown and Curry's No. 30 uniform top.

Melvin didn't shoot - he left the fun to his players - but said he was able to dunk beginning as a sophomore in high school but likely no longer.


After the Oakland Coliseum's long list of names over the years, the ballpark is going back to the basics: the Coliseum will suffice.

The A's said they heard from overstock.com they are opting out of naming rights at the dual-purpose venue also used by the NFL's Oakland Raiders.


Giants: C Buster Posey had the flu and wasn't at the ballpark but is scheduled to fly with the team Sunday to Milwaukee. ''He made the club,'' joked Bochy.

Athletics: INF Eric Sogard was held out of the lineup again because of a neck injury and was placed on the disabled list after the game as the A's set their roster.


Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner takes the ball opening day Monday against the Brewers in his third straight start opening day start.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray starts Oakland's opener at home Monday against the White Sox.

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