Milone confident he's ready for regular season

Milone confident he's ready for regular season
March 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Tommy Milone is slotted into the third spot in the A's rotation, with a 4.82 ERA this spring. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before Saturday's game against the Giants, A's manager Bob Melvin said that he hoped to see Tommy Milone get in six innings of work. He almost got his wish.

Milone left the game with one out in the sixth inning. He gave up three runs on six hits and one walk, striking out four batters. It was the deepest he has gone in a game this spring.

"Since this might be my last start here I want to be pretty much season ready," Milone said after leaving the game in the A's 12-5 win. "You want to be able to say when it's your last start of the spring that you are ready to go, and I feel like I can confidently say that."

Milone's next start will come on Thursday in the Bay Bridge exhibition series. If Brandon Belt is playing in that game, Milone might want to be careful. The Giants' first baseman chased the A's starter from the game after clubbing his seventh homer of the spring.

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"I thought he threw the ball much better today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Belt was about as hot as you can get. He made a couple of bad pitches with two strikes, but other than that he pitched his type of game. Similar to [Jarrod] Parker he ramped it up with one more to go to into the season."

A's pitchers have only worked on bunting this spring and haven't taken any batting practice, but Milone's bat looked to be in midseason form. He hit an opposite field single in the fourth inning after laying down a foul bunt with a runner on first.

After tying an A's rookie record with 13 wins last season, the Oakland expects big things from Milone. The 25-year-old lefty is slotted into the third spot in the A's rotation, with a 4.82 ERA this spring.