MESA, Ariz. -- Brandon Allen belted a grand slam and drove in seven runs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cubs 12-10 on Sunday to spoil Chicago's spring training opener.
News of Day: When the Athletics open the 2012 season in Tokyo, it'll be Brandon McCarthy on the mound."I thought it was natural based on what he accomplished last year," A's man
The national focus hasn't been trained on the A's much lately, but right-hander Brandon McCarthy is in the spotlight with his presence on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.
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