- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched three shutout innings in his first start of the spring and Pablo Sandoval hit a pair of RBI singles as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday.

Cain will start the second game of the regular season at Arizona. He couldn’t throw in his first scheduled spring game on Saturday because of rain and instead threw 35 pitches in a covered bullpen session.

Cain gave up one hit, a second-inning double by Collin Cowgill, and struck out two.

Sandoval, slimmer after losing nearly 30 pounds during the offseason, got his hits off Jered Weaver, who pitched four innings and gave up two runs and four hits with two walks and struck out two.


Angels: Weaver, 1-0 entering the game, started off on the wrong foot in the bottom of the first inning when left fielder Brennan Bosch dropped leadoff man Gregor Blanco’s shallow fly ball in the sun along the left-field line. Bosch later scored on Sandoval’s first hit. Weaver took the loss.

Weaver threw well,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “He located his fastball. He puts (speed) off and puts it on.”

Giants: Cain continued a strong start for the club’s five projected starters, who now have combined for 17 innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and one walk in six games.

“We (pitchers) haven’t said much to each other. We know that’s what we need to do,” said Cain, who is 1-0.

“You’ve got that competitive edge, and it felt good,” said Cain, who slipped to 8-10 in 2013 after going 16-5 the previous season. “I felt good. I was throwing good pitches, trying to get ahead of guys.”


Angels: Outfielder Josh Hamilton will be out for at least another week as he allows a strained left calf to heal.

Giants: Second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) isn’t expected to make his spring debut until this weekend at the earliest.


Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is staying true to his word that if he feels good, he will be in the lineup, and not just as a DH.

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