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Padres 5, A’s 2

Final scores don’t mean a whole lot in the Cactus League, but the A’s have failed to find the win column for a while now. They lost their ninth straight, 5-2, to San Diego tonight. A quick rundown:

–The A’s used what could very well be their Opening Day lineup, and the Padres countered with Jake Peavy on the mound. Peavy prevailed, giving up just two hits and no walks in six shutout innings. But the A’s did welcome Eric Chavez back. Chavez went 0-for-2 — fly out and strikeout — but said he felt better at the plate (health-wise) than he has all spring. That’s big because swinging the bat is what’s bothered his right shoulder most.

–Trevor Cahill was hardly his sharpest, allowing four runs, three walks and a homer in four innings. He looked like he was trying to over-throw. An Oceanside native, Cahill said he was a little too jacked up facing the Padres. He also had his mom and several friends in the stands. “He had good movement, but he wasn’t real efficient with his pitches,” Bob Geren said. “(But) I liked his stuff.” Long story short, his chances of making the rotation didn’t take too much of a hit.

Nomar Garciaparra and Jack Cust hit back-to-back homers in the eighth for the A’s only runs. Scott Hairston homered twice for San Diego, once off Cahill and once off Joey Devine. It was Devine’s first appearance since March 4. The homer was the only blemish in his one inning.

Orlando Cabrera has flashed a pretty nice glove w/the A’s so far. He turned in a gem in the first inning. Brian Giles smoked a hard grounder up the middle and Cabrera picked it cleanly off the short hop and made the throw to first. Beauty …

Tomorrow, Dana Eveland takes the mound against the Brewers in Maryvale. He’ll be looking to bounce back from two lackluster efforts in his most recent starts.

Check in w/you in the morning …

Joe Stiglich