Melvin impressed with Anderson's progress

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Melvin impressed with Anderson's progress

Brett Anderson came out of Tuesdays bullpen session welland will continue his rehab with another trip to the bullpen mound Friday inArizona, according to As manager Bob Melvin.Prior to Wednesdays series finale against the Kansas City Royals, Melvin said his24-year-old left-handers hard work has been paying off as he attempts to getback on the mound following Tommy John surgery last July.His bullpens have been really terrific, Melvin said. Watching him throw, youdthink hes rehabbing something else.Anderson threw 45 pitches Tuesday, including his fastball, curve, slider and changeup. The goal is for him to continueto throw in the bullpen every three days until hes ready for live battingpractice, which could come as soon as next week.He has the potential to be a top of the rotation guy, Melvin said.Until Anderson is back to full strength, Melvins top of the rotation includesBrandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon, two starters the As manager said he wasimpressed with considering the unusual scheduling to start the season.Based on all the variables, theyve done a nice job, Melvin said. GrahamGodfrey and Tommy Milone have also done well.
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Melvin has had a chance to see the first four starters in his rotation at leastonce now, but projected No. 5 starter Tyson Ross is in Sacramento with theTriple-A River Cats until the As schedule forces Melvin to use a five-manrotation.Ross allowed one run in four innings on April 8, but walked three, threw a wildpitch and quickly racked up 70 pitches, 38 of which were strikes.He pitched out of jams, Melvin said when asked what type of report he hadreceived on Ross. Maybe not his best command, though. Overall, the numberswere fine but hes got to be more precise.

Hahn hit with tough luck, A's lose 2017 spring training opener

Hahn hit with tough luck, A's lose 2017 spring training opener

BOX SCORE

At Mesa, Arizona, Matt Szczur keyed a three-run second inning for the World Series champions and Charcer Burks hit a solo homer in front of 14,929 fans.

Burks also had a diving catch in left field with two on and one out in the eighth inning.

Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in his first game with Oakland and Matt Chapman tied it 3-all with a two-run drive in the fourth. Rajai Davis, who hit a tying home run off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of last year's World Series Game 7, opened the game for the Athletics with a walk, then stole second and third but was stranded when Stephen Vogt flied out.

A's starter Jesse Hahn allowed three runs, all in the second, including a two-run single by Szczur that deflected off the pitcher's glove.

Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo A’s OF Davis more

Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo A’s OF Davis more

MESA, Ariz. – The Cactus League crowds are different than the ones packed into Wrigley Field. It was only a meaningless split-squad game on a Saturday afternoon in the Arizona sunshine. Finally winning the World Series must have somewhat dulled the edge.

But Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward still thought Rajai Davis would hear it from the sellout crowd of 14,929 at Sloan Park, the what-could-have-been anxiety bubbling up when seeing the Oakland A's leadoff guy who nearly changed the course of baseball history.

"I was surprised he didn't get booed more, but that's just how our fans are," Heyward said. "They're fun like that. They have fun with the game. They acknowledge it. That's pretty cool for Cubs fans to boo you. If anybody boos you from last year, that's kind of an honor, I would say. To be on that side of things, it means you did something great."

As Alfonso Soriano liked to say, they don't boo nobodies. With one big swing, Davis almost unleashed a miserable winter for the Cubs and ended the Cleveland Indians' 68-year drought.

Manager Joe Maddon kept pushing closer Aroldis Chapman, who fired 97 pitches in Games 5, 6, and 7 combined. Davis timed seven straight fastballs in the eighth inning – the last one at 97.1 mph – and drove a Game 7-tying two-run homer just inside the foul pole and onto the left-field patio. In a now-famous rain-delay speech, Heyward gathered his teammates in a Progressive Field weight room as the Cubs regained their composure.

"They booed him, but only the first at-bat," Heyward said. "The second at-bat and the third, I was like: ‘Eh, they kind of just let him off the hook.' They let him be."

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