Sandoval returns to Giants' lineup as DH in win over A's; Ellis hits grand slam in Dodgers' wild win.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS FS Arizona
GIANTS 3, ATHLETICS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --Giants slugger
Pablo Sandoval is still a possibility for Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and he returned to the lineup as designated hitter in a 3-1 victory against the
Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
The World Series MVP hadn't played since March 16 because of an inflamed nerve in his right elbow, then returned to cheers each time he stepped into the batter's box.
Buster Posey went 2 for 4 against the AL West champion A's just hours after the Giants rewarded the reigning NL MVP and batting champion with a new $167 million, nine-year contract.
LOS ANGELES (AP) --A.J. Ellis hit a grand slam against
Jason Vargas for his first homer of the spring, Luis Cruz doubled home two runs and the
Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 9-8 Friday night in their next-to-last game of spring training.
Josh Beckett threw 80 pitches over four innings to get the win despite giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by
Mike Trout and a two-run shot by Albert Callaspo.
Wily Peralta, Milwaukee's third starter, allowed four runs, two earned, and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.
RANGERS 5, PADRES 4
SAN ANTONIO (AP) --Leonys Martin hit the go-ahead single in the sixth inning as the
Texas Rangers edged the
San Diego Padres 5-4 in exhibition play Friday night in the first baseball game played in the Alamodome.
The teams were scheduled to play again Saturday afternoon in a stadium designed for football -- and just about every other sport, except baseball.
The configuration meant that the wall down the line in right field was wedged in to measure 285 feet away from home plate, 16 feet high and draped by a tarp that brought reminders of the days in the Metrodome in Minnesota.
The Padres didn't need it to build a 2-0 lead through the fourth with long home runs by
Will Venable in the No. 2 slot in the first off Rangers starter
Alexi Ogando, and
Jedd Gyorko in the fourth inning.