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    PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez showed he has plenty of pop left in his bat, hitting his first home run in an Oakland Athletics uniform Tuesday.

    While that may have been a significant milestone to some, it wasn't to Ramirez.

    "I know what I can do," the embattled slugger said after helping the A's to an 8-6 victory over a Milwaukee Brewers split squad.

    Ramirez was hitless in the first eight at-bats of his comeback this spring. He snapped out of that funk with a homer to left-center against right-hander Mike Fiers in the second inning.

    Ramirez, who has not played in the majors since last April, drew a walk his next time up and then flied out. He had spent the past couple of days in minor league camp getting extra at-bats.

    "Everyone is playing year-round and I'm trying to catch up," Ramirez said. "Every time I go (to minor league camp), I love it. If you like to play, you enjoy it - because once you don't have it, you don't have it."

    Ramirez, who turns 40 in May, must serve a 50-game suspension to start the season for a second violation of baseball's drug policy.

    His new teammate, Yoenis Cespedes, went hitless for the second consecutive game.

    Cespedes, the Cuban outfielder the A's signed to a four-year, $36 million deal, struck out twice and grounded out. Since he homered and had two hits in his Cactus League debut, Cespedes has gone 0 for 6 with three strikeouts. He has seen more breaking balls over the past two games.

    "I feel good," Cespedes said through a translator. "The last six at-bats were against different pitchers. I like that. I want to see different pitchers with different mechanics."

    Jarrod Parker, the centerpiece of the package the A's received from Arizona in the Trevor Cahill trade, pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings. Parker has allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings this spring.

    "I sometimes battle in the spring with the delivery," said Parker, who missed 2010 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. "It's great to be healthy this year and working to get better and stronger. I'm trying to be as efficient as possible. I want to work on what I'm doing here and get ready for the season."

    The Brewers took a 4-2 lead on a three-run homer by catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth. The A's came back and took the lead with a five-run seventh.

    Oakland scored the go-ahead run when Eric Sogard was awarded home plate on interference. Maldonado didn't have the ball when Sogard ran into him in a rundown between third and home.

    Milwaukee outfielder Logan Schaefer continued his torrid spring with three more hits. He is batting .588.

    Schaefer also cut down a runner at the plate on a perfect throw from left.

    Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan had two hits, including a double. He also stole two bases.

    NOTES: The A's claimed infielder Brandon Hicks on waivers from the Atlanta Braves. The 26-year-old Hicks batted .048 (1 for 21) during three stints in the majors last year. He is 1 for 26 in parts of the last two seasons. Hicks hit .252 with 18 homers at Triple-A. The A's placed pitcher Brett Anderson on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Hicks. ... Oakland manager Bob Melvin said any of the five pitchers in the running for the final three rotation spots - Graham Godfrey, Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Tyson Ross and Parker - could make the team as a long reliever. ... Hall of Fame OF Rickey Henderson arrived at A's camp. He will begin working with players in big league camp and minor league camp this week.

     
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    Milwaukee Brewers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Carlos Gomez, CF4000020 .182
        Corey Patterson, CF1000000 .000
    Nyjer Morgan, RF3020110 .235
        Jeff Bianchi, 2B1000000 .125
    Brooks Conrad, 2B3000132 .263
        Brock Kjeldgaard, RF1000010 .000
    Mat Gamel, 1B2110211 .300
        Sean Halton, 1B1000000 .000
    Taylor Green, 3B4110026 .300
    Mike Rivera, DH4000015 .100
        Anderson De La Rosa, PR-DH01000001.000
    Logan Schafer, LF4231000 .588
    Martin Maldonado, C3113001 .154
       a- Paul Phillips, PH-C10110001.000
    Cesar Izturis, SS3000001 .222
        Eric Farris, SS1000000 .333
    Totals36695411  
    a-singled for Maldonado in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Nyjer Morgan (1, Parker)
    HR - Martin Maldonado (1, Fuentes)
    RBI - Logan Schafer (3), Martin Maldonado 3 (4), Paul Phillips (1)
    SB - Nyjer Morgan 2 (2, 3rd base off Parker/Suzuki, 2nd base off Norberto/Recker), Mat Gamel (2, 2nd base off Parker/Suzuki)
    CS - Nyjer Morgan (2, 2nd base by Parker/Suzuki)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Corey Patterson 1, Logan Schafer 1
    E - Mat Gamel (1, Throwing), Martin Maldonado (1, ), Logan Schafer (1, Throwing)
    Milwaukee Brewers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Michael Fiers 2121141 12.60
    Zach Braddock 1100120 9.00
    Cody Scarpetta 1000000 0.00
    Tim Dillard 2111111 6.35
    Frankie De La Cruz (BS,2; L,1-2)0243200 18.90
    Amaury Rivas 2411110 2.25
    HBP - Allen (by Cody Scarpetta)
    WP - Zach Braddock (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Michael Fiers 23-17, Zach Braddock 12-8, Cody Scarpetta 4-3, Tim Dillard 15-9, Frankie De La Cruz 11-3, Amaury Rivas 14-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Fiers 1-2, Cody Scarpetta 2-1, Tim Dillard 2-3, Frankie De La Cruz 1-0, Amaury Rivas 1-2
    Batters Faced - Michael Fiers 9, Zach Braddock 5, Cody Scarpetta 4, Tim Dillard 8, Frankie De La Cruz 5, Amaury Rivas 9
    Oakland Athletics
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Cliff Pennington, SS3010000 .375
        Eric Sogard, SS2110001 .387
    Seth Smith, LF3000011 .261
        Collin Cowgill, CF1111100 .385
    Yoenis Cespedes, CF3000021 .250
        Jeff Fiorentino, RF1000000 .429
        Michael Taylor, RF1010002 .222
    Manny Ramirez, DH2111100 .100
       a- Jonny Gomes, PH-DH1100102 .182
    Josh Reddick, RF3111022 .400
        Brandon Moss, LF1111000 .429
    Kurt Suzuki, C1100100 .333
        Anthony Recker, C1011100 .333
    Brandon Allen, 1B1000000 .227
        Chris Carter, 1B1001011 .263
    Josh Donaldson, 3B3001012 .265
    Wes Timmons, 2B3110112 .364
    Totals3189768  
    a-walked for Ramirez in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Anthony Recker (1, Rivas)
    HR - Manny Ramirez (1, Fiers), Josh Reddick (1, Dillard)
    SF - Chris Carter (1), Josh Donaldson (1)
    RBI - Collin Cowgill (6), Manny Ramirez (1), Josh Reddick (6), Brandon Moss (3), Anthony Recker (2), Chris Carter (1), Josh Donaldson (4)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Timmons-Carter
    E - Josh Donaldson (3, Misplayed grounder), Jarrod Parker (1, Throwing), Kurt Suzuki (1, Throwing)
    Oakland Athletics
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jarrod Parker 3.1200340 2.45
    Andrew Carignan (H,4) 1.2100030 0.00
    Brian Fuentes (BS,1) 1344101 11.25
    Jordan Norberto (W,1-0) 1100030 4.15
    Fautino De Los Santos (H,2) 1220000 2.08
    Evan Scribner (S,1) 1000010 3.60
    WP - Fautino De Los Santos (4)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 34-21, Andrew Carignan 12-12, Brian Fuentes 12-6, Jordan Norberto 11-10, Fautino De Los Santos 6-5, Evan Scribner 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 2-4, Andrew Carignan 1-1, Fautino De Los Santos 3-0, Evan Scribner 2-0
    Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 15, Andrew Carignan 6, Brian Fuentes 7, Jordan Norberto 4, Fautino De Los Santos 5, Evan Scribner 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4714
    Game Time - 3:03
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Bill Miller