OAKLAND -- Justin Duchscherer gave up one run and three hits in six innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 Saturday.
Duchscherer retired the final 10 batters he faced. He's making the transformation from reliever to starter this season.
"I'm very excited about this," Duchscherer said. "I haven't started for a while. My last two starts I'm definitely satisfied with. My pitch count is what we wanted going into the season."
Duchscherer continued throwing in the bullpen after leaving the game.
"I threw only 71 pitches, so I went to the bullpen and threw another 12," Duchscherer said. "That's like a seven-inning start."
Duchscherer is scheduled to make his first start since Sept. 20, 2003, on Friday against the Indians. Duchscherer has made 188 relief appearances since his last start.
"He pitched well," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He gave up that leadoff walk to start the game. Other than that, he pounded the strike zone. He's been very impressive this spring."
Giants starter Matt Palmer gave up two hits in five innings. One was Emil Brown's two-run homer in the fourth.
Palmer could end up being one of the first pitchers called up by the Giants if anyone gets hurt.
"He's thrown great," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's why we brought him back up here -- to let him pitch again."
A'S/GIANTS NOTES -- Bochy announced that Rich Aurilia will be the opening-day starter at first base over Dan Ortmeier. ... Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel will play in the infield for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery Feb. 27 in two minor-league games in Phoenix. ... Giants infielder Eugenio Velez stole two bases to increase his major-league leading spring total to 16. ... The Giants sent backup catcher Eliezer Alfonzo, who hit .091 this spring, to Triple-A Fresno. ... The A's optioned left-hander Dallas Braden and outfielders Jeff Fiorentino and Carlos Gonzalez to Triple-A Sacramento.
SHORT HOPS -- Cory Sullivan, the Rockies' best defensive outfielder, was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs after he was beaten out for the fifth outfielder job by free agent Scott Podsednik. ... Trot Nixon accepted a minor-league assignment from Arizona after he lost out to outfielder Alex Romero for a spot on the Diamondbacks' opening-day roster. ... Woody Williams was put on unconditional release waivers by the Astros, who owe the pitcher $6.5 million. Williams, 41, had an 11.32 ERA in spring training.