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    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan Dempster got off to a rough start last year and never recovered in one of his worst seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

    Nothing he can do about it now. He is focused on bouncing back this year.

    Dempster made his spring debut Monday and pitched two innings in Chicago's 8-7 loss to a split-squad of Oakland Athletics. The right-hander, who went 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA last season, allowed one run and two hits.

    "It's why I've worked really hard this winter," said Dempster, who struck out two and walked none. "Anytime you've had a subpar year, you don't like it a whole lot and you want to try and do a whole lot better the next time out. You work out and do what you can to be prepared."

    Josh Reddick collected two more hits for Oakland, and Brandon Allen hit a sacrifice fly off Dempster in the second to give him eight RBIs this spring.

    Non-roster invitee Yordy Cabrera led off the ninth inning with a home run against right-hander Tony Zych, lifting Oakland to the victory.

    Blake DeWitt hit a three-run homer off A's starter Bartolo Colon in the second inning. Jeff Baker added two hits, including a double, and scored two runs for Chicago.

    Reddick is off to a fast start after coming over from Boston in the Andrew Bailey trade. He tripled in the second inning and is 5 for 8 this spring.

    Considering the A's suddenly have a crowded outfield with the signings of Yoenis Cespedes and Manny Ramirez to go along with Jonny Gomes, Coco Crisp and Seth Smith, the hot start by Reddick can only help his chances.

    "That's why we are here," Reddick said. "You work all offseason to be ready to go from the start."

    Reddick only saw three pitches from Dempster but said he could tell that the starter had a good changeup.

    Working in the off-speed stuff early might be the key to Dempster getting off to a fast start. He was 1-3 with a 9.58 ERA in six April starts last season.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who expects to announce an opening-day starter within a week, speculated from having conversations with Dempster that the poor opening month might have been because he relied too much on his fastball.

    "He had an unbelievable spring training where he had unbelievable command of his fastball and that might have gotten him into a little bit of trouble because he mentioned he wasn't using his secondary pitches as much because he was so caught up in having great fastball command in spring," Sveum said. "He didn't work on his off-speed stuff in spring training.

    "The bottom line is, he knew he was better than he showed last year and I think he's on a mission to prove that he's the pitcher he was before that."

    NOTES: Cubs C Geovany Soto (groin) is expected to see his first game action somewhere between Wednesday and Saturday. ... Jeff Baker and Joe Mather had two hits apiece for Chicago. Mather also had two stolen bases.

     
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    Oakland Athletics
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Eric Sogard, SS4110001 .357
        Yordy Cabrera, SS11110001.000
    Collin Cowgill, CF-RF4110112 .154
    Seth Smith, LF3120011 .429
        Brandon Moss, LF2111000 .500
    Jonny Gomes, DH5000016 .222
    Josh Reddick, RF3221000 .625
        Michael Choice, CF1011000 .500
    Brandon Allen, 1B1001100 .500
        Chris Carter, PR-1B1100011 .333
    Wes Timmons, 3B3001000 .250
    Landon Powell, C3012010 .333
        Anthony Recker, C1000010 .000
    Josh Horton, 2B4010011 .200
    Totals36811827  
    Batting
    2B - Eric Sogard (2, Corpas), Brandon Moss (1, Corpas), Landon Powell (1, Carrillo)
    3B - Josh Reddick (1, Dempster)
    HR - Yordy Cabrera (1, Zych)
    SF - Brandon Allen (1), Wes Timmons (1)
    RBI - Yordy Cabrera (1), Brandon Moss (2), Josh Reddick (2), Michael Choice (1), Brandon Allen (8), Wes Timmons (4), Landon Powell 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Michael Choice (1), Landon Powell 2 (2)
    SB - Collin Cowgill (1, 2nd base off Dempster/Clevenger)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Sogard-Carter, Timmons-Horton-Carter
    E - Brandon Allen (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Oakland Athletics
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Bartolo Colon 2.2433011 10.13
    Jordan Norberto 1332210 9.00
    Donald Barham 0.1000010 0.00
    Joey Devine 1100010 0.00
    Erick Threets 1100000 0.00
    Fabio Castro (BS,1; W,1-0) 2311110 4.50
    Travis Banwart (S,1) 1100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 14-14, Jordan Norberto 17-9, Donald Barham 3-3, Joey Devine 6-6, Erick Threets 3-3, Fabio Castro 14-10, Travis Banwart 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 5-2, Jordan Norberto 1-2, Joey Devine 1-1, Erick Threets 1-1, Fabio Castro 2-2, Travis Banwart 1-1
    Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 12, Jordan Norberto 9, Donald Barham 1, Joey Devine 4, Erick Threets 3, Fabio Castro 9, Travis Banwart 3
    Chicago Cubs
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Tony Campana, CF2000100 .000
        Dave Sappelt, CF2000001 .333
    Darwin Barney, 2B3011000 .600
        Bobby Scales, 2B2010001 .500
    Starlin Castro, SS4010023 .143
        Matt Tolbert, SS10100001.000
    Bryan LaHair, 1B3000014 .000
        Anthony Rizzo, 1B2000011 .250
    Jeff Baker, RF2220000 .500
       a- Joe Mather, PH-RF3120001 .667
    Reed Johnson, LF3100011 .000
        Matt Szczur, LF0000100 .000
    Steve Clevenger, C2111001 .500
        Blake Lalli, C10110001.000
    Blake DeWitt, DH2213101 .500
       b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH-DH1000002 .000
    Josh Vitters, 3B2011000 .500
        Alfredo Amezaga, 3B2010000 .500
    Totals37713735  
    a-singled for Baker in the 5th
    b-flied out for DeWitt in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Jeff Baker (1, Norberto), Josh Vitters (1, Norberto)
    HR - Blake DeWitt (1, Colon)
    SF - Steve Clevenger (1)
    RBI - Darwin Barney (3), Steve Clevenger (1), Blake Lalli (1), Blake DeWitt 3 (3), Josh Vitters (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Blake Lalli (1), Blake DeWitt 3 (3)
    SB - Joe Mather 2 (2, 2nd base off Devine/Powell, 2nd base off Castro/Recker)
    CS - Bobby Scales (1, 2nd base by Castro/Recker)
    Team LOB - 7
    Chicago Cubs
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ryan Dempster 2211020 4.50
    Scott Maine (H,1) 1200000 0.00
    Blake Parker (H,1) 1000000 0.00
    Casey Weathers (H,1) 1000000 0.00
    Marco Carrillo (H,1) 0.2344200 54.00
    Manny Corpas (BS,1) 1.1322020 13.50
    Kevin Rhoderick 1000010 0.00
    Anthony Zych (L,0-1) 1111021 9.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 12-12, Scott Maine 5-5, Blake Parker 3-3, Casey Weathers 3-3, Marco Carrillo 13-5, Manny Corpas 11-11, Kevin Rhoderick 5-5, Anthony Zych 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 2-2, Casey Weathers 2-1, Manny Corpas 1-1
    Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 8, Scott Maine 5, Blake Parker 3, Casey Weathers 3, Marco Carrillo 7, Manny Corpas 7, Kevin Rhoderick 3, Anthony Zych 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5809
    Game Time - 3:04
    Temperature - 84
    Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Doug Eddings