Alcantara, who's battling Andrew Triggs for the fifth spot in the rotation, didn't lose ground in manager Bob Melvin's eyes with a rocky Friday start, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "I don't know that that was his best stuff today," Melvin said, "but the way it started out early on, I think he managed it fine."

Alcantara experienced control problems for the second straight start and gave up two earned runs on four hits and two walks over 3.1 innings while taking his first loss of spring. Although Alcantara, who is notably out of minor league options, now has a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and has given up eight earned runs over 14.2 innings. Melvin hinted that the battle between him and Triggs could come down to the final week of spring or the Bay Bridge Series just before Opening Day.

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