Saturday's recap: Cubs 4, Athletics 3; Giants 8, Cubs 6

Matt Szczur hit a two-run single to highlight a three-run second inning Saturday as the Cubs beat the Athletics 4-3 in a split-squad spring training game at Sloan Park. Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a double, but the Giants scored seven runs in the fifth...

Saturday's recap: Cubs 4, Athletics 3; Giants 8, Cubs 6

Matt Szczur hit a two-run single to highlight a three-run second inning Saturday as the Cubs beat the Athletics 4-3 in a split-squad spring training game at Sloan Park. Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a double, but the Giants scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth to beat the Cubs 8-6 at Scottsdale Stadium.

At the plate: Against the A's, Jason Heyward, displaying a new batting stance, showed his aggressiveness by flying to center on the first pitch he saw from Jesse Hahn, and then hit an RBI grounder to second to score Szczur in the second.

On the mound: Left-hander Mike Montgomery, trying to make the conversion from reliever to starter, walked two and frequently missed high in his spring debut against the A's.

In the field: The Cubs worked on double plays during Friday's workout, and they looked sharp Saturday as Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist combined to turn a smooth double play on a Adam Rosales grounder to end the second against the A's.

Key number: 3-for-15 — Cubs' mark with runners in scoring position against the Giants.

Up next: Vs. Indians, 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Sloan Park; RH Jake Buchanan vs. RH Danny Salazar.

Caption Jason Heyward on level of comfort with new swing, support from Cubs

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward discusses his comfort level with his new swing and the support from the organization on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward discusses his comfort level with his new swing and the support from the organization on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Jason Heyward on level of comfort with new swing, support from Cubs

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward discusses his comfort level with his new swing and the support from the organization on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward discusses his comfort level with his new swing and the support from the organization on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Mike Montgomery on his expected role with Cubs, first exhibition start

Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery discusses his upcoming role with the team this season and reacts to his first exhibition outing in which he threw one scoreless inning on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery discusses his upcoming role with the team this season and reacts to his first exhibition outing in which he threw one scoreless inning on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs' first games, at-bats and lineups

Manager Joe Maddon talks about the Cubs' first games, at-bats and lineups. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Manager Joe Maddon talks about the Cubs' first games, at-bats and lineups. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer on Pedro Strop's contract extension

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses the contract extension of reliever Pedro Strop on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses the contract extension of reliever Pedro Strop on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Joe Maddon on the Cubs' relay and bunt drills

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Jason Heyward's progress as well as the team's relay and bunt drills on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Jason Heyward's progress as well as the team's relay and bunt drills on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

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