- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - The pieces of Oakland’s offense are coming together, even as the pitching staff remains sketchy.

Orlando Cabrera made his Athletics debut and Jason Giambi hit his first homer of the spring in an 8-3 victory over a San Francisco Giants split squad Saturday, but the club also had to shut down All-Star pitcher Justin Duchscherer because of a sore elbow.

After feeling some pain while playing long toss on Saturday morning, Duchscherer had a cortisone shot that will stall his recovery. He conceded the setback eliminates him from being in the rotation when the season begins. He won’t throw again until Tuesday, at the earliest.

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