Giants headed back to The City after spring win 

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  • Giants right-hander Matt Cain threw five innings in his final tune-up start of the spring, giving up six runs on nine hits. The Giants host the A's at AT&T Park on Thursday.
The Giants wrapped up Cactus League play in style as catcher Hector Sanchez hit a game-ending, two-run homer to give the Giants an 8-6 win against the Colorado Rockies.

Right-hander Matt Cain, the Giants’ No. 2 starter, continued his up-and-down spring by pitching five innings and giving up six runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out a batter.

Trailing 6-2, the Giants rallied to tie it in the eighth on a grand slam by minor-league outfielder Jarrett Parker to create some momentum heading into the exhibition Bay Bridge Series against the A’s, which opens today at AT&T Park.

But it was not all good news Wednesday, as the Giants said left-handed relief specialist Jeremy Affeldt will begin the season on the disabled list. Affeldt will be out a minimum of 10 days to two weeks, Bochy said, after straining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a game on Saturday.

Second baseman Marco Scutaro said he expects to join Affeldt on the DL. Scutaro has been dealing with back issues since last season. He had just two at-bats this spring (one hit) in between epidural injections. Both shots had limited effectiveness, as did a diagnostic nerve block injection.

Scutaro will remain in Scottsdale for further treatment and a timetable for his return is uncertain, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Joaquin Arias likely will get most of the playing time at second in Scutaro’s absence.

Catcher Buster Posey was a pre-game scratch on Wednesday with minor hamstring tightness. Posey told Bochy he could play, but Bochy said no, considering the team was traveling back to the Bay Area on Wednesday night.

NOTE: The Giants will take the following minor leaguers with them to get some extra playing time in the Bay Bridge Series — right-handers Erik Cordier and Heath Hembree, left-hander Dan Runzler, infielder Chris Dominguez and catcher Guillermo Quiroz.

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