Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 win Tuesday over an Oakland Athletics split-squad.
Tim Lincecum, who signed a two-year, $35 million deal in the offseason after finishing 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 2013, gave up a hit, walked one and struck out one in two innings. He was the National League’s Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009.
Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs on two hits and three walks and was unable to get an out in the third inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Monday.
Derek Norris hit a tying, two-run, homer in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to beat the split-squad San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Friday.
San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his first spring training outing as he prepares for a his first opening-day start, and a San Francisco Giants’ split squad defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Friday.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension, Juan Francisco slugged two homers and the Milwaukee Brewers opened their spring training schedule with an 11-3 win Thursday over the Oakland Athletics.
Josh Reddick made two highlight-reel catches to take away homers from Michael Morse, Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt each drove in two runs during a six-run fourth inning against San Francisco closer Sergio Romo, and the Oakland Athletics opened Cactus League play with a 10-5 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.
First baseman Brandon Belt has reached agreement on a $2.9 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.
Tucked in the corner of the San Francisco Giants’ spring training clubhouse are side-by-side lockers belonging to the four stars of the starting rotation—Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.
Scott Kazmir is walking into a different situation with the Oakland Athletics and a most different role.