Brett Anderson, scheduled to start on opening day for the A’s, strained a muscle in his upper right back and left Sunday’s 7-5 win over Arizona after facing just two batters.
In spring training play, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson argued at home plate before the game over whether to use the DH. It reminded John Madden of incidents he had with other head coaches, including the late Norm ‘The Dutchman’ Van Brocklin.
Barry Zito pitched three shutout innings, Brandon Crawford had three hits and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired infielder Cliff Pennington from the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Chris Young.
Midseason acquisitions Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro each hit two-run homers in the second inning to back Barry Zito, and the NL West champion San Francisco Giants beat Arizona 7-3 Thursday in their regular-season home finale.
Rookie Patrick Corbin pitched a career-long eight innings and drove in four runs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-2 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
San Francisco looks to avenge its only series loss of the past month while dimming Arizona’s wild-card hopes in a three-game set which begins Friday night in Phoenix.
Marco Scutaro hit an RBI single in the 10th inning after Buster Posey’s tying double in the ninth, and the Giants rallied to beat the Diamondbacks 9-8 on Monday.
Yesterday’s 3-0 whitewashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers finally put the San Francisco Giants where they feel they belong, in first place in the National League West, now tied with L.A.
Joe Saunders held Oakland to one earned run over six innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to a season-long five games with a 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Sunday.