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Spring Game #1: Oakland A's beat San Francisco Giants 9-4 on Marcus Semien's two homer day

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In an opener graced by the presence of the legendary Bert Campeneris, the Oakland Athletics were winners during every phase of today's game against the San Francisco Giants, the final score 9-4.

Marcus Semien hit two home runs in the Cactus League opener.
Marcus Semien hit two home runs in the Cactus League opener.
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The Athletics hit Madison Bumgarner for four runs in the 1⅔ innings he pitched to start the game, and the run producing continued, the A's winning 9-4. On offense, Marcus Semien impressed with two home runs, one off Bumgarner and one off Cody Hall. Ben Zobrist has yet to hit a single for Oakland, going 2-for-2 with a triple and a double before exiting.

Brad Mills was granted the win, starting just an inning of the game. Non-roster invitee Rudy Owens had the longest outing, pitching five outs before giving way to switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. He got right-hander Justin Maxwell to ground out to short pitching right-handed, and then struck out Brandon Belt pitching left-handed. Belt looked particularly uncomfortable with Venditte's side-arm action beginning from the first base of the pitcher's plate.

Rather than give you the rest of the blow-by-blow, here's my scorecard for today's action (click to enlarge):

On a programming note, we probably won't do a recap after every game, especially the radio-only weekday ones, but the Cactus League opener was a refreshing return to real baseball, wouldn't you say?