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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.

    Cain struck out six in five innings to cap an unbeaten spring, delivering in a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics a day after the two-time All-Star agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract that is the richest in baseball history for a right-hander.

    All along, Cain (4-0) insisted he wanted to resolve his situation one way or another before opening day - and the Giants came through with a big pay day.

    "Yeah, it's a relief," Cain said. "I definitely have a lot more time here, and that's awesome. I'm looking forward to it. I think we have that energy. All the guys are feeling good and excited. It was really cool to see how much (of a reaction) it got from fans and from my teammates. They're so excited, and it pumps you up. And it makes you ready for the season."

    Melky Cabrera scored the go-ahead run in the fifth on Aubrey Huff's fielder's choice, and Brandon Belt added an RBI single in the fourth after Huff's one-out double.

    Cain allowed Josh Reddick's solo home run in the first but retired the A's newcomer on a called third strike his next time up to end the third.

    Cain also made a nifty play with his glove - accidentally, he admitted - on a cool night at the Coliseum, where the low-hovering mist resembled the fog that is such a regular feature across San Francisco Bay. The pitcher chased down Coco Crisp's bunt that traveled some 20 feet down the third-base line and made a sliding stop before firing to first base for the out while still on his backside.

    The play made his manager and others a tad bit nervous.

    "It would have been a lot nicer if I hadn't have slipped," Cain said with a smile. "It should have been an easier play. I don't even know how that happened. You kind of get lucky and you wing it. And I did - I winged it. ... Usually, a lot of times, when you slip you don't do anything. For some reason, I just kept going and I threw it. It just worked out."

    Sergio Romo earned his first save of the spring for the Giants, who still have six tough roster moves remaining Wednesday to reach the 25-player limit before traveling to Arizona on Thursday for Friday's opener against the defending NL West champion Diamondbacks. It seemed likely the Giants would carry three catchers, with Hector Sanchez making the team.

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy was impressed with how Sanchez caught late in a close game on Tuesday - not to mention how well he has hit all spring.

    Bochy said he would try to have closer Brian Wilson face at least one hitter Wednesday after he struck out the side in order for his first spring save in Monday's 4-2 win at AT&T Park.

    New A's center fielder Yoenis Cespedes doubled in his first at-bat while making his Coliseum debut, but was thrown out at the plate on a close call when Brandon Allen singled to center. Angel Pagan made a perfect throw to allow Eli Whiteside to tag Cespedes.

    "That was awesome," Cain said. "He made a great throw."

    Cespedes added a second double in the fourth.

    A's starter Tyson Ross (2-1) allowed two earned runs and six hits over five innings, struck out four and walked one. He now must wait to hear whether he or Graham Godfrey will earn the fourth spot in Oakland's new-look rotation after the A's lost All-Star Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill in trades this offseason.

    Either Ross or Godfrey will be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento until the A's need their fifth starter for the first time in the middle of the month.

    Ross gave up a first-inning RBI single to Pablo Sandoval and Belt's single in the fourth. The right-hander hit Ryan Theriot with a pitch to load the bases in the fourth but struck out Emmanuel Burriss and Whiteside to avoid further damage that inning.

    "It's been an interesting spring. There's a lot of young talented guys," Ross said. "I think I've done my best out here, and we'll just see how things turn out."

    Whiteside caught Cain. Buster Posey is slated to catch four or five innings in the exhibition finale Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park. The starters will play again but will come out early, Bochy said.

    Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford sat out after spraining his left thumb - his glove hand - diving for a ball in the hole on Monday night.

    "He's playable," said Bochy, who said Crawford would be held out again Wednesday to ensure he is ready Friday. "It's very mild."

    Notes: Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez played four innings of a minor league game in Arizona as he rehabs his surgically repaired right shoulder that landed him on the DL to start the year. ... Bochy received good reports about LHP Barry Zito's Monday bullpen session. Zito is set to pitch to minor leaguers Wednesday in Arizona before reuniting with the team in Phoenix. The Giants hope he will get up to about 90 pitches. ... A's manager Bob Melvin planned to announce his fifth starter - Ross or Godfrey - Wednesday in San Francisco. ... Oakland LHP Dallas Braden received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his surgically repaired, strained left shoulder and won't resume a throwing regimen for at least three weeks. ... A pregame moment of silence was held for the victims of a shooting at nearby Oikos University on Monday that killed seven people.

     
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    San Francisco Giants
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Gregor Blanco, RF-LF^CF4110110 .338
    Melky Cabrera, LF3110001 .358
        Nate Schierholtz, RF2000011 .206
    Pablo Sandoval, 3B3011000 .253
        Joaquin Arias, 3B1000001 .298
    Aubrey Huff, DH4111001 .306
    Brandon Belt, 1B3011002 .389
       a- Brett Pill, PH-1B1000000 .254
    Angel Pagan, CF3010000 .181
        Justin Christian, LF1000010 .214
    Ryan Theriot, 2B2000110 .164
        Charlie Culberson, 2B0000100 .000
    Emmanuel Burriss, SS4010014 .302
    Eli Whiteside, C2000013 .229
       b- Hector Sanchez, PH-C2000011 .372
    Totals3537337  
    a-flied out for Belt in the 8th
    b-grounded out for Whiteside in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Aubrey Huff (5, Ross)
    RBI - Pablo Sandoval (15), Aubrey Huff (5), Brandon Belt (9)
    SB - Gregor Blanco (13, 2nd base off Ross/Suzuki), Nate Schierholtz (3, 2nd base off Cook/Suzuki)
    CS - Angel Pagan (2, 2nd base by Ross/Suzuki)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
    DP - Culberson-Burriss-Belt
    San Francisco Giants
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Matt Cain (W,4-0) 5522161 2.10
    Clay Hensley (H,6) 1000000 2.61
    Jeremy Affeldt (H,4) 1000110 3.75
    Guillermo Mota (H,3) 1000110 2.53
    Sergio Romo (S,1) 1000110 6.57
    Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 78-54, Clay Hensley 12-7, Jeremy Affeldt 12-8, Guillermo Mota 22-13, Sergio Romo 14-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 4-4, Clay Hensley 3-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Guillermo Mota 2-0, Sergio Romo 1-1
    Batters Faced - Matt Cain 20, Clay Hensley 3, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Guillermo Mota 4, Sergio Romo 4
    Oakland Athletics
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jemile Weeks, 2B4000020 .327
    Coco Crisp, LF3010100 .270
    Josh Reddick, RF4111022 .304
    Kurt Suzuki, C3100100 .257
    Seth Smith, DH3000111 .256
        Collin Cowgill, PR-DH0000000 .409
    Yoenis Cespedes, CF4020021 .258
    Brandon Allen, 1B2011000 .314
       a- Jonny Gomes, PH0000100 .207
        Kila Ka'aihue, 1B1000001 .216
    Josh Donaldson, 3B3000013 .224
    Eric Sogard, SS3000010 .320
    Totals3025249  
    a-walked for Allen in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (4, Cain, Cain)
    HR - Josh Reddick (3, Cain)
    RBI - Josh Reddick (12), Brandon Allen (14)
    2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (7)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    E - Eric Sogard 2 (2, Missed catch of throw)
    Oakland Athletics
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Tyson Ross (L,2-1) 5632140 1.80
    Andrew Carignan 1100000 2.16
    Ryan Cook 1000100 3.38
    Brian Fuentes 1000110 6.43
    Grant Balfour 1000020 6.75
    Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 93-52, Andrew Carignan 17-10, Ryan Cook 14-8, Brian Fuentes 13-7, Grant Balfour 11-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 8-4, Andrew Carignan 3-0, Ryan Cook 2-1, Brian Fuentes 1-1
    Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 23, Andrew Carignan 4, Ryan Cook 4, Brian Fuentes 4, Grant Balfour 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 14634
    Game Time - 2:44
    Temperature - 56
    Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Cory Blaser