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A's Strike Early to Slay Giants; Cahill Sharp

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A's 4, Giants 2

Ah, nothing like a win over the Giants to squeeze the tension out of a headache.  As for that co-worker who wouldn't shut up while you tried to listen in: duct tape.  Lots and lots of it.

Ryan Sweeney continued his sizzling start with a single in the first (and again in the fourth). He is now 9-for-16 in Cactus League play. After Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch, Mark Ellis delivered a soft line drive single to center (well, it sounded soft the way KK described it) which plated Sweeney for the game's first run.

Andres Torres led off the bottom half of the first with a drag bunt single and was small-balled around the diamond, scoring on a wild pitch by Cahill to knot things up.

The A's struck right back in the second with a three-spot.  Joe Dillon walked, Gregorio Petit doubled, and Corey Wimberly singled in both runners.  Two outs later, Matt Holliday's hustle two-bagger allowed Wimberly to walk home to give the A's a 4-1 lead.

Jesus Guzman took Michael Wuertz deep in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2, but a parade of pitchers held the Giants scoreless the rest of the way: Jared Lansford, Chris Schroder, Jeff Gray, Drew Bailey, and Andrew Carignan.

The afternoon belonged to Trevor Cahill, whose second frame ended with a nifty around-the-horn double play (Petit-Wimberly-Giambi). The 21-year old needed no such glove work in the third, as he struck out the side before heading to the showers.

Which, apparently, is where I need to go.