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Sanchez helps Giants blank Angels 4-0
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jonathan Sanchez pitched six sharp innings to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Sanchez allowed one hit in his fourth spring start -- Chris Pettit's sharp grounder off the glove of shortstop Miguel Tejada in the first inning. The left-hander struck out five, walked one and hit a batter with a pitch.
Pablo Sandoval and Pat Burrell each had a run-scoring double in San Francisco's three-run fourth against Dan Haren.
Giants closer Brian Wilson, wearing green St. Patrick's Day spikes, pitched a scoreless seventh inning, walking one batter.
Jackson hits winning RBI double for A's
PHOENIX (AP) -- Conor Jackson hit a game-ending double to cap a three-run ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics overcame home runs by Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson for a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
Soto led off the seventh inning with a homer, ending Oakland starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez's shutout. After a walk, Gonzalez was lifted and Soriano drove reliever Brad Ziegler's first pitch over the center field wall for a two-run shot.
Kurt Suzuki homered for the A's, who trailed 5-3 going into the ninth. Jackson doubled off Sean Marshall.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster gave up two runs on four hits over six innings against A's regulars. Gonzalez, making his fourth spring training start, gave up five hits and struck out six against what figures to be the Cubs' everyday lineup.
Leake helps Reds top Indians 5-1
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Mike Leake pitched four scoreless innings to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Thursday.
Leake, vying with Homer Bailey and Travis Wood for two openings in the rotation, allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one.
Dontrelle Willis, who left his previous outing with a sprained right ankle, followed Leake with a scoreless inning and legged out a triple. The big left-hander is trying to earn a spot in Cincinnati's bullpen.
Fausto Carmona pitched six innings for Cleveland, allowing two runs and six hits. The scheduled opening-day starter struck out five and walked two.
Todd Frazier hit his first spring homer for Cincinnati.
Hernandez has rough night in Mariners loss
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Felix Hernandez gave up six runs in four innings, hurt by some bad luck, and the Seattle Mariners lost 9-1 to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
Hernandez yielded nine hits, but four never left the infield, and three runs were unearned after two errors. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out seven.
Jarrod Dyson had three infield singles off Hernandez, stole two bases and scored two runs. Billy Butler homered and drove in two runs, and Brayan Pena had three RBIs.
Royals left-hander Jeff Francis allowed one hit -- Ryan Langerhans' homer in the first -- in five innings.
Denorfia, Cantu power Padres past Rangers
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Denorfia and Jorge Cantu each drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres beat the Texas Rangers 15-5 Thursday night.
Orlando Hudson added three hits and two RBIs for the Padres, who finished with 19 hits. Cameron Maybin homered and Nick Hundley went 3 for 4.
Chris Davis hit a grand slam for the Rangers, who committed
seven errors, leading to eight unearned runs. They lost their third
straight.Padres starter Clayton Richard went four innings in his second appearance of the spring. He gave up a run and four hits, struck out three and walked one.
Rangers starter Michael Kirkman lasted 2 1-3 innings, allowing nine runs -- four earned -- and eight hits.
Marcum leaves Brewers' win with shoulder tightness
PHOENIX (AP) -- Shawn Marcum threw three solid innings before leaving the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox with shoulder tightness.
Marcum allowed only Alexei Ramirez's leadoff single in the third before retreating to the clubhouse on Thursday. Manager Ron Roenicke said there was "concern" about Marcum's availability for a rotation already thin due to Zack Greinke's fractured rib.
White Sox starter Edwin Jackson allowed four runs in the first, then pitched shutout ball for the next four innings. He gave up nine hits, struck out seven and walked none for the split-squad.
Carlos Gomez returned to Milwaukee's lineup after missing three games with soreness in his back and went 2 for 2 with a double and scored a run.
Milledge homers twice, in White Sox's win
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Lastings Milledge hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs, helping a Chicago White Sox split-squad beat the Colorado Rockies 12-6 Thursday.
Paul Konerko had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the White Sox, who had lost four of their last five. Ramon Castro and Jordan Danks each had two RBIs.
Rockies' starter Ubaldo Jimenez gave up his first runs of the spring, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. He also walked four and struck out two.
Tony Pena made his sixth appearance and his first start for the White Sox, giving up a run on three hits in two innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Mike McKenry hit a three-run homer and Todd Helton, Jonathan Herrera and Cole Garner each drove in a run for the Rockies.