Josh Donaldson started to show signs in the final exhibition that he might be a reliable replacement to Scott Sizemore, after all.
Donaldson hit two homers and drove in five runs off Yusmeiro Petit, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a Bay Bridge Series sweep with an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Sizemore tore a ligament in his left knee during Oakland's first full-squad workout this spring training, ending his season and thrusting Donaldson into the starting third baseman spot before a game had been played. Donaldson finished 4 for 5 in the finale, pushing his batting average up to .270.
An otherwise quiet ending for San Francisco this spring training still had a bright spot.
Buster Poster, receiving rousing ovations from fans every time his name was announced, cleared another milestone with an RBI single in the first. Both were firsts at AT&T Park for the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year since a brutal season-ending collision at home plate last year ...