Photos: Battle of the Bay in the desert as San Francisco Giants take on Oakland Athletics

Giants defeat the A’s 5-3 in Cactus League opener

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Austin Allen (30), left, tags out San Francisco Giants’ Kean Wong (32) during their Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: The sun begins to go down at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Sean Hjelle (84) throws a pitch during the ninth inning during his teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics fans Judy Lehman, right, holds a sign that reads “Mike Fiers for President” before the teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers (50) throws a pitch during the first inning during his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Ellenor O’Connor, 6, hangs out near the fence in the outfield during the Cactus League game between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23:San Francisco Giants’ Sean Hjelle (84) squats and pauses for a moment before stepping on the mound versus the Oakland Athletics during their Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Bat boys get ready for the Cactus League game between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants major league assistant coach Alyssa Nakken (92), center, watches as Rob Brantly (76) hits a single during the teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (6) walks off the field after making a pitching change during the ninth inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Tyler Heineman (81) reaches over the dugout to make a catch during his teams game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ James Naile (94) throws a pitch during the ninth inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Abiatal Avelino (46), left, high fives third base coach Ron Wotus (23), right, after hitting a home run during their Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Guyer slides into first base during the eight inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ A.J. Puk (31), right, signs autographs for fans before this teams Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Tony Kemp (5), left, gets tagged out by San Francisco Giants’ Abiatal Avelino (46), right, during the third inning of their Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants major league assistant coach Alyssa Nakken (92) throws a signed hat into the stands after her teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Ryan Howard (74) bunts during the eight inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers (50) walks out onto the field before his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom, right, writes on a white board “Mike Fiers For President” before the the teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Sean Hjelle (84), right, shakes hands with teammate Giants’ Rob Brantly (76), left, after closing out the game versus the Oakland Athletics during their Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman (26) fouls a ball into the stands during the first inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien (10) gets ready to run as his teammate bats during the first inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks (16), right, signs autographs for fans before his teams Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers (50) throws a pitch while warming up before this teams game versus the San Francisco Giants during their Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Sean Manaea (55), left, A.J. Puk (31), center, and Jesus Luzardo (44), right, joke around with each other before their Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski (5) pops a ball into the air during the third inning of his teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks (16) wears a glove with an Australian flag stitched on at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: The silhouette of a person as they walk passed the field at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 22: San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler (19), right, signs autographs for fans before his teams Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: A lone helmet sits in the Oakland Athletics dugout before the teams Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman (26) waits for a ball to come his way during his teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Oakland Athletics’ Frankie Montas (47), center, smiles next to his teammates Sean Manaea (55), left, and Jesus Luzardo (44), right, during the teams Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants major league assistant coach Alyssa Nakken (92) smiles while talking to fans after her teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Rob Brantly (76), gets tackled by his daughter Layla, 3, after his teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants major league assistant coach Alyssa Nakken (92), center, talks with first base coach Antoan Richardson (00), right, after the teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Conn and Gina McLean take a photo before the Cactus League game between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants begins at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski (5) walks back to the dugout after end the end of the third inning during his teams Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

  • MESA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler (19), right, talks with bench coach Kai Correa, center, during their Cactus League game versus the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Giants would win the game 5-3 over the A’s. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

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New San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler secured his first win with his new club during their Cactus League opener on Sunday.

The Giants defeated the A’s 5-3 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa as Sean Hjelle made his pitching debut. He was the last pitcher to enter Sunday’s game and forced a pair of flyouts to right field before inducing a soft groundout to pick up a save.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers pitched two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut. He threw all of his pitches — four seamer, sinker, slider, changeup, curveball — with one strikeout and was supported by fans of both teams including KC Sandstrom and Judy Lehman, who made a sign that said: “Mike Fiers for president. Can I have a ball?”

Fiers, who was the whistleblower in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, and said that he’s received death threats.

The pair didn’t get a ball, but Fiers certainly noticed the sign.

“One (sign) said Mike Fiers for president,” Fiers said at his locker. “It’s always good to see positive responses.”

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