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By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Cain comfortable in Cactus League debut
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain wasn't quite as sharp Sunday as when he last appeared in a Major League game. But he still showed flashes of his now-familiar dominance.
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Making his first Cactus League appearance of the spring, Cain yielded three singles in two shutout innings as the Giants lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3. Cain stranded a runner at third base in the first inning and allowed a pair of two-out hits in the second before left fielder Pat Burrell battled the sun and the bullpen fence to make a deft catch of Gerardo Parra's foul fly.Cain, who pitched 21 1/3 postseason innings without allowing an earned run last October, looked and felt smooth.
"It's always nice to be able to find that good groove early, pitching to both sides of the plate [and throwing] off-speed to both sides of the plate," he said.Catcher Buster Posey confirmed what looked obvious.
"He commanded his heater really well," Posey said.
Sanchez, Wilson nearing spring debuts
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barring physical setbacks, Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez could make his first exhibition appearance as early as Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.Sanchez, who underwent left shoulder surgery last December, passed a significant test Sunday when he took batting practice against left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who's recovering from a mildly injured left hamstring. Asked about playing Tuesday, Sanchez said, "That's my goal." Right-hander Brian Wilson (back stiffness) will throw off a mound Monday, which could be his final tuneup before he begins participating in exhibitions. Backup catcher Eli Whiteside (right elbow) has started playing catch and appears to be progressing toward active duty.
"We're finally getting some progress from Eli," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's big for us. He needs some playing time."Shortstop Miguel Tejada was struck on his right middle finger by Willie Bloomquist's bad-hop single in Sunday's first inning, but remained in the game and said afterward that he felt fine.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.