Knee not an issue in Cain's second spring start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain pitched three innings Thursday against the Seattle Mariners, showing no ill effects from the bruised right knee that he sustained in his previous outing.

A comebacker hit by Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs struck Cain in the knee last Sunday, limiting the Giants right-hander to one inning. This time, he displayed decent stamina for this juncture of the spring in the Giants' 4-3 Cactus League loss, throwing 42 pitches.

Cain said that his location and rhythm were erratic, accounting for the three runs and four hits he allowed.

No batted balls passed near Cain this time, unlike last Sunday. This prompted Cain to joke, "We were starting to wonder if we were going to put an L-screen out there when I pitch."

Cain is scheduled to start San Francisco's regular-season opener at Los Angeles on April 1.