Matt Cain to re­tire after Satur­day start

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PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Cain is set to make one fi­nal start be­fore he calls it a ca­reer.

Cain talked to his San Fran­cisco team­mates in a closed club­house be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game at Ari­zona, telling them he was ready to re­tire.

Be­fore he goes, the right-han­der who threw the only per­fect game in Gi­ants’ his­tory and helped them win two World Se­ries ti­tles will pitch once more — home at AT&T Park, on Satur­day against San Diego. Be­set by in­juries in re­cent years, Cain will start a day be­fore his 33rd birth­day.

“This or­ga­ni­za­tion has meant so much to me. It’s meant so much to my fam­ily. I’m just grate­ful it’s been a part of my life. I’ve en­joyed it so much,” Cain said.

“I think we’ve been through the full gamut of ev­ery­thing. That is some­thing that is sat­is­fy­ing. I know I am able to hang my hat at the end of the day and say I put ev­ery­thing I could into this and I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it all and en­joyed ev­ery bit of it,” he said.

Cain has been slowed by el­bow and ham­string trou­ble in re­cent years. He’s 3-11 with a 5.66 ERA this sea­son in 26 games, 22 of

them starts for the last-place Gi­ants.

The three-time All-Star is near­ing the end of his con­tract with the Gi­ants, who have an op­tion for one more sea­son. He was a first-round draft pick by them in 2002 and made his big league de­but in 2005.

“I’ve been able to be lucky enough to be with the same or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Cain said. “It means so much to me, and I can’t pic­ture my­self putting a dif­fer­ent uni­form on.”

Cain has a ca­reer record of 104-118 with a 3.69 ERA. De­spite the be­low-.500 mark, he’ll leave with a lot of big­time,

win­ning mem­o­ries.

In 2010, Cain made three starts in the post­sea­son, post­ing a 0.00 ERA in 21 1/3 in­nings as the Gi­ants won their first crown since 1954, when the club was based in New York.

In 2012, he threw a per­fect game against Hous­ton, strik­ing out 14. Cain set a ca­reer high in wins that year, go­ing 16-5.

That Oc­to­ber, he won the de­cid­ing Game 5 of the NL Divi­sion Se­ries against Cincinnati, then topped St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. He also started in Game 4 of the World Se­ries against Detroit, with the Gi­ants win­ning in the 10th in­ning to fin­ish off a sweep.

“His play on the field and com­mu­nity ser­vice ex­em­pli­fies what a true big lea­guer should be and he will def­i­nitely be missed,” Gi­ants Pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Baer said in a state­ment. “On be­half of the Gi­ants, I con­grat­u­late Matt on an out­stand­ing ca­reer and wish him and his fam­ily all the best. He’ll for­ever be a Gi­ant.”

Gi­ants man­ager Bruce Bochy said Cain, who was moved to the bullpen dur­ing the sea­son, has meant a lot to the or­ga­ni­za­tion and is well re­spected among his team­mates.

“He’s never come in this of­fice and com­plained one time. He just wants to what was best for the club,” Bochy said.


Ham­pered by in­juries in re­cent sea­sons, Matt Cain will make his fi­nal start for the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants this Satur­day at AT&T Park.

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