Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
Cain struck out six in five innings to cap an unbeaten spring, delivering in a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics a day after the two-time All-Star agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract that is the richest in baseball history for a right-hander.
All along, Cain (4-0) insisted he wanted to resolve his situation one way or another before opening day - and the Giants came through with a big pay day.
''Yeah, it's a relief,'' Cain said. ''I definitely have a lot more time here, and that's awesome. I'm looking forward to it. I think we have that energy. All the guys are feeling good and excited. It was really cool to see how much (of a reaction) it got from fans and from my teammates. They're so excited, and it pumps you up. And it makes you ready for the season.''
Melky Cabrera scored the go-ahead run in the fifth on Aubrey Huff's fielder's choice, and Br...