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Spring Training 2012: Giants Defeat Athletics 3-2 As Exhibition Season Nears End

Matt Cain pitched very well for the Giants, as did Tyson Ross for the A's. Yoenis Cespedes continued to impress by hitting two doubles.

Mar 29, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Surprise Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 29, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Spring Training is nearing an end and many teams have already made their way back home for a few exhibition games at their home ballparks before beginning the regular season. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics met in the Coliseum on Tuesday night in a battle of Bay Area teams. It was a close game throughout, with the Giants holding on to claim the 3-2 victory.

The suddenly very rich Matt Cain took the mound for San Francisco and worked five innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out six. Cain finished his spring with an impressive ERA of 2.10. Clay Hensley, Jeremy Affeldt, Guillermo Mota and Sergio Romo all worked scoreless innings of relief.

Tyson Ross made the start for Oakland and pitched well, tossing five innings of three-run ball. Only two of the runs were earned. Ross allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four. Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour worked the final two innings, allowing just one walk and striking out a total of three batters.

Aubrey Huff recorded the lone extra-base hit for the Giants on Tuesday with a double. Yoenis Cespedes continued to hit well and belted two doubles, and Josh Reddick hit his third homer of the spring in the first inning.

The two clubs will meet again on Wednesday afternoon.

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