MLB: Vargas blanks Giants; Cahill shines for Oakland |

MLB: Vargas blanks Giants; Cahill shines for Oakland

Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas found a way to quiet the Giants in his spring debut.

Vargas pitched three shutout innings in his first spring training start, and Ryan Langerhans tripled in the game’s only run, leading the Mariners to 1-0 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

“That’s what good pitching will do … Just one of those days,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We didn’t hit. Bats didn’t show up.”

Vargas, who was 9-12 with a 3.78 ERA last season, didn’t appear earlier in spring training because of his heavy workload in 2010. Vargas, who allowed two hits and struck out one, pitched a career-high 192 2/3 innings last season.

Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong went 3 2/3 innings and struck out five with three walks and two hits.


PHOENIX (AP) – Oakland manager Bob Geren is looking for an opening-day starter, and Trevor Cahill is making quite the case for the job.

Cahill pitched four scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Infielder Andy LaRoche also had a nice day for Oakland. LaRoche, in camp on a minor league contract, hit his second homer in as many games and No. 3 for the spring. He also had an infield hit and made a few nice defensive plays while playing all nine innings.