Cubs edge A's in Cactus opener

Cubs edge A's in Cactus opener

at Mesa, Ariz.
Thursday, March 2

Athletics at the plate: Mark Ellis hit a grand slam, Bobby Crosby hit a two-run homer and Bobby Kielty added a solo shot, all in the fifth inning. Kielty finished with three hits -- a single, double and home run.

Cubs at the plate: Aramis Ramirez hit a pair of RBI singles in the game. Ronny Cedeno, Derrek Lee and Jerry Hairston each drove in a run in a four-run second. New center fielder Juan Pierre was thrown out in his first at-bat and bunt attempt, but was successful in the second with a bunt single.

Athletics on the mound: Starter Dan Haren gave up five runs on seven hits and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. Huston Street gave up one hit and struck out one in one inning.

Cubs on the mound: Carlos Zambrano tuned up for the World Baseball Classic by giving up one hit and one walk and striking out two over three innings. Closer Ryan Dempster threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Bryan Corey gave up seven runs on six hits and one walk, and did not retire a batter.

Cactus League records: Athletics 0-1; Cubs 1-0.

Up next: The Cubs travel to Peoria to play the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Left-hander Glendon Rusch will face former Cub Jamie Moyer. The Athletics play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Joe Blanton is scheduled to start against Rick Helling.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.