A's healthy and ready for regular season

Straily: 'Still got some minor things I need to work on'

A's healthy and ready for regular season
March 30, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Yoenis Cespedes hit his sixth home run of the spring on Sunday. (AP)

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics wrapped up their exhibition season with a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. The A's finished spring training with a 17-13 record and appear ready to defend their American League West title

<B>At the Plate</B>

Yoenis Cespedes is locked in at the plate. In the third inning he hit a laser into the left field stands for a three-run home run to give the A's a 4-0 lead. Cespedes led the A's with six homers this spring.

Ryan Vogelsong, who gave up the home run on an outside change up, was a bit surprised.

"I thought he got it off the end of the bat," Vogelsong said. "But it doesn't matter, he's so strong."

Josh Reddick, who led the team in RBI until Cespedes' home run, drove in the first run of the game with an opposite field single. Cespedes drove in 15 runs this spring, Reddick drove in 14.

<B>Starting Pitching Report</B>

Dan Straily started the game and fired five shutout innings. He threw 79 pitches and struck out five batters without allowing a walk. It was his best start of the spring.

"I felt good, I feel the process of spring training and getting ready is complete now," Straily said. "It felt really good to finish on that note."

In the third inning, Straily gave up a one-out triple to Angel Pagan and didn't allow him to cross home plate. With Pagan on third, Straily struck out Marco Scutaro with a slider and then got Hunter Pence to line out to center field to end the inning.

"That's his best effort of the year by far," A's manager Melvin said. "It looked like he was a lot more aggressive with his fastball, threw some good two-seamers, a better slider, mixed in his curve, that's the best we've seen him."

Bartolo Colon split time on the mound with Straily. He got off to a quick start by retiring the side in order with two strikeouts.  In the sixth, Colon made an error at first base, gave up a single, and then a three-run homer to Guillermo Quiroz.

Colon finished the day with four innings pitched. He allowed three runs and struck out six.

<B>In the Field</B>

Nate Freiman made a diving stop on a hard-hit ball to the right of first base. When he flipped the ball to Colon, who was running to first, the pitcher missed the bag.

<B>Attendance</B>

The A's announced an attendance of 30,266.

<B>Dot Race</B>

White won the dot race. Since they've changed the race to green, gold and white dots, white is by far the most experienced racer in the field. They used to be red, white, and blue.

<B>Up Next</B>

The A's have Sunday off before taking the field on Opening Day, when Brett Anderson will be on the mound. It is his first Opening Day assignment. Anderson is 7-3 with a 1.76 ERA in 13 career starts against Seattle.

The A's will face Felix Hernandez. Oakland has squared off against Hernandez and the Mariners in three consecutive seasons and they've been defeated by him each time. Hernandez, the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner, is 13-6 with a 2.82 ERA against the A's.

 

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