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Scott Kazmir sharp for A's in 4-0 win over Giants

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
Associated Press
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Scott Kazmir pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning, Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Thursday night.

Josh Donaldson doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for the A's, who had dropped five of seven before knocking around Giants starter Tim Hudson.

Reddick's third home run this spring came on the first pitch he saw in the sixth and ricocheted off one of the flag poles behind the seats in right field. A Gold Glove winner in 2012, Reddick also made a nice play to chase down Pablo Sandoval's deep fly to right-center in the sixth.

''It seems like the swing is coming into play the last week and a half,'' Reddick said. ''That's just what I want going into the season.''

Hudson was touched up for the third time in his last four outings, allowing four runs and six hits over six innings. Five days after a stellar start against the Chicago White Sox, the right-hander walked one and struck out six.

STARTING TIME

Athletics: Kazmir threw 78 pitches in 5 1-3 innings and spent much of his night working on his off-speed repertoire. What really taxed the Oakland left-hander, however, were his two at-bats against Hudson. Kazmir drew a walk in the third and laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth.

''It might not look like I did much, but that took a lot out of me,'' said Kazmir, who was batting for the first time this spring. ''Just having those takes and doing a little hip turn made me tired pretty much all those four pitches. I don't think I'll do that again. I'll probably just stand there (like a) statue to maybe save a little bit of energy.''

Giants: Hudson wasn't nearly as sharp as he was against the White Sox. He pitched with runners on base in every inning except the first.

''I wasn't able to finish some guys off when I needed to,'' Hudson said. ''I'm still a little ways away. I feel I'm close enough to go out there and compete and give us a really good chance to win.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Second baseman Nick Punto was held out with a hamstring injury, but manager Bob Melvin hopes to have the veteran infielder in the lineup Friday. Punto, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason, will platoon at second with Eric Sogard.

Giants: Sandoval went hitless in four at-bats in his return to the lineup after cutting his right hand while running the bases earlier in the week. Just having Sandoval back is encouraging because his primary backup at third base, Joaquin Arias, will be getting the majority of work at second until injured Marco Scutaro returns.

Scutaro will start the season on the disabled list because of lingering back issues. He is scheduled to field grounders and do some light hitting before Friday's game.

BATTING SECOND

Scutaro's absence has left a hole in the No. 2 spot of San Francisco's lineup, and manager Bruce Bochy plans to use Hunter Pence in that slot for the time being.

''He does give you speed, plus he's a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark, too,'' Bochy said of Pence, who went 2 for 4. ''That's not a bad thing to have at the top of the order.''

Apparently someone forgot to tell the scoreboard operator at AT&T Park about Bochy's plan.

When the starting lineups were put on the main scoreboard in center field, Pence's name was listed seventh while Brandon Hicks was at second base and No. 2. The problem was that Hicks wasn't even in the lineup - Arias started at second - and Pence was five spots lower in the order than Bochy wanted.

LEFT FIELD BLUES

New Giants left fielder Mike Morse had a rough time in his first home game at AT&T Park.

Morse took a bad angle and nearly overran Donaldson's RBI double down the third base line in the third inning, then dropped Reddick's two-out fly in the fourth. Morse later came up short when he tried to make a diving catch on Donaldson's sinking liner in the fifth that turned into a triple.

CESPEDES WARMING UP

Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left the Cactus League batting just .154 but looked much more comfortable at the plate back in Northern California. The Cuban slugger doubled down the third base line in his first at-bat, hit into a 5-4-3 double play and then singled and scored on Reddick's home run in the sixth. He also struck out swinging in the eighth.

 
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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5100032 .273
Josh Donaldson, 3B4022100 .286
Jed Lowrie, SS5000024 .240
Brandon Moss, 1B3010010 .372
   Daric Barton, 1B0000000 .258
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4120012 .179
Josh Reddick, RF3112111 .320
Derek Norris, C4000024 .386
   Evan Scribner, P0000000 .000
Eric Sogard, 2B3110000 .255
   Jake Elmore, 2B1000000 .314
Scott Kazmir, P0000100 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   a-Alberto Callaspo, PH1000000 .340
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
   Stephen Vogt, C1010000 .364
Totals34484310  
a-flied out for Otero in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Donaldson (3, Hudson), Yoenis Cespedes (3, Hudson)
3B - Josh Donaldson (1, Hudson)
HR - Josh Reddick (3, Hudson)
SH - Scott Kazmir (1)
RBI - Josh Donaldson 2 (12), Josh Reddick 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson 2 (4)
SB - Stephen Vogt (1, 2nd base off Cordier/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Derek Norris (1)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir (W,1-0) 5.1200340 1.62
Dan Otero (H,5) 0.2000010 4.50
Drew Pomeranz (H,4) 1.2100120 2.84
Evan Scribner 1.1100010 5.25
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 78-50, Dan Otero 5-4, Drew Pomeranz 22-13, Evan Scribner 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 6-6, Drew Pomeranz 1-2, Evan Scribner 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 21, Dan Otero 2, Drew Pomeranz 7, Evan Scribner 5
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4010000 .244
Hunter Pence, RF4020011 .371
Brandon Belt, 1B3000112 .264
Buster Posey, C4000014 .383
   Erik Cordier, P0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000013 .259
Michael Morse, LF3010110 .303
   Chris Dominguez, PR0000000 .429
Joaquin Arias, 2B2000101 .288
   a-Ehire Adrianza, PH1000001 .250
Brandon Crawford, SS1000100 .245
   b-Brandon Hicks, PH-SS2000022 .364
Tim Hudson, P2000011 .571
   David Huff, P0000000 .000
   c-Juan Perez, PH1000001 .306
   J.C. Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   Hector Sanchez, C0000000 .340
Totals3104048  
a-popped out for Arias in the 9th
b-struck out for Crawford in the 7th
c-flied out for Huff in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (5, Kazmir)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Arias-Belt
E - Michael Morse (1, Dropped fly)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (L,2-2) 6644161 4.26
David Huff 1000010 1.00
J.C. Gutierrez 1100110 1.69
Erik Cordier 1100120 0.00
HBP - Moss (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 88-59, David Huff 13-9, J.C. Gutierrez 22-13, Erik Cordier 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 7-5, J.C. Gutierrez 1-1, Erik Cordier 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 26, David Huff 3, J.C. Gutierrez 5, Erik Cordier 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35688
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Gabe Morales