Seattle and Oakland started off the Cactus League on Friday with some serious fireworks. Jesus Montero, the Mariners new toy took a ball deep to right for his first HR as an M. He also took a couple of foul balls of the jaw, so he missed Saturday's rematch. For the A's, Manny Ramirez is hitless and Jemile Weeks is ready to start the regular season. Weeks in two games is batting .500 with 1 HR, 1 SB, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Jarrod Parker, Arizona's former top prospect and current Oakland A, pitched 2 scoreless innings with 4 K's.
Elsewhere in the Cactus League, the San Francisco Giants took on the D'Backs in Scottsdale. Tim Lincecum got the start and went an inning longer than expected, totaling two, with two strikeouts. Brandon Belt, who I've been saying all along needs to be the Giants starting first baseman, went a ho-hum 3/4 with a HR. For the D'Backs, Justin "MVP" Upton and his BFF, Chris Young, are both ready to start the season. Upton was 3/3 with a run and Young went 2/3 with a HR.
Arizona also played a split-squad game which paired two of baseball's best young pitching prospects head to head. Trevor Bauer-outage went against opposing starter, Drew Pomeranz for the Colorado Rockies. Both pitchers went 2 innings each and recorded two strikeouts. Bauer did not give up a walk or a hit. Legit. I am so excited to watch this guy pitch for the D'Backs for seasons to come.
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