Oakland at Los Angeles

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Oakland (1-1) «3001002107112
L.A. Angels (0-3)0130000105122

Athletics 7, Angels 5

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - This early in spring training, the Oakland Athletics want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.

Especially on a chilly afternoon with temperatures in the upper 50s.

Chris Young doubled home a run before leaving with a leg cramp in Oakland's 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Seth Smith had two RBIs and Coco Crisp added a pair of hits for the A's in a game that took 3 hours, 44 minutes. Young doubled and scored in the first inning but got a cramp in his quadriceps while running down a fly ball in the bottom half and was removed as a precaution.

"It's a cramp more than anything else," said A's manager Bob Melvin, adding that Young would be back on the field in two days. "He had a nice hit. He made a nice play. It's something you don't mess around with."

Young, acquired from Arizona during the offseason, is expected to play all over the outfield this season because the A's already have three regulars in Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick.

Oakland starter Travis Blackley allowed three hits in a scoreless inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Tommy Field in the first but picked him off.

"I'll take any zero I can get right now, as ugly as it may be," Blackley said. "It was a tough day to pitch. My cutter was really good today. My pickoff is still there. It saved me."

Blackley said strong wind that included gusts of more than 25 mph throughout the day nearly pushed him off the mound while he was in the stretch. The left-hander went 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 24 games (15 starts) for Oakland last year after he was claimed off waivers from San Francisco in May.

Angels starter Barry Enright managed only two outs. He gave up three runs and four hits in the first inning.

Young doubled in Crisp, who had singled to open the game, for a 1-0 lead. Smith followed with an RBI double and scored later on Scott Sizemore's sacrifice fly. After Daric Barton's single, Angels manager Mike Scioscia lifted Enright.

"You just grit your teeth and get through it," Enright said. "It's a little discouraging to come out like that."

Enright, obtained from Arizona last July, has a 7-11 career record in the majors with a 5.13 ERA in 140 1-3 innings.

NOTES: Scioscia said many of his top players, specifically newcomer Josh Hamilton, would begin playing toward the middle of this week. "(Hamilton) doesn't need 70 or 80 at-bats to be ready," Scioscia said. "They'll (all) be on schedule." ... Angels 1B Albert Pujols is expected to get back on the field in mid-March. He is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

 
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Oakland

M. Choice
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

B. Harris
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3120001 .667
    Shane Peterson, LF2000011 .250
Chris Young, RF1111000 .333
   a- Michael Taylor, PH-RF4000024 .000
Seth Smith, DH2112011 .333
   b- Addison Russell, PH-DH2110001 .500
Yoenis Cespedes, LF2000101 .000
    Michael Choice, CF2121000 .750
Jed Lowrie, SS2000101 .000
    Eric Sogard, 2B2110001 .500
Scott Sizemore, 2B1001100 .333
    Darwin Perez, SS2012000 .500
Daric Barton, 1B20201001.000
    Scott Moore, 1B1000100 .000
Derek Norris, C3000014 .000
    Luke Montz, C1000101 .000
Adam Rosales, 3B0100200 .000
   c- Miles Head, PH-3B3000012 .000
Totals35711786  
a-struck out for Young in the 4th
b-flied out for Smith in the 6th
c-grounded out for Rosales in the 6th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (1, Kobayashi), Chris Young (1, Enright), Seth Smith (1, Enright), Addison Russell (1, Correa), Michael Choice (1, Taylor), Eric Sogard (1, Taylor), Darwin Perez (1, Taylor)
SF - Seth Smith (1), Scott Sizemore (1)
RBI - Chris Young (1), Seth Smith 2 (2), Michael Choice (2), Scott Sizemore (1), Darwin Perez 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Choice (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shane Peterson 1
E - Jed Lowrie (1, Dropped fly), Adam Rosales (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Blackley 1300010 0.00
Brian Gordon (BS,1) 2241100 4.50
Pedro Figueroa 1100010 0.00
Chris Resop 1100000 0.00
Pat Neshek (W,1-0) 1100100 0.00
Kyler Newby (H,1) 1.2411120 5.40
Blake Hassebrock (H,1) 0.1000010 0.00
James Simmons (S,1) 1000010 0.00
WP - Kyler Newby (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Blackley 8-0, Brian Gordon 14-0, Pedro Figueroa 6-0, Chris Resop 5-0, Pat Neshek 8-0, Kyler Newby 17-0, Blake Hassebrock 3-0, James Simmons 5-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Gordon 5-3, Pedro Figueroa 1-1, Chris Resop 2-1, Pat Neshek 1-1, Kyler Newby 2-0
Batters Faced - Travis Blackley 5, Brian Gordon 11, Pedro Figueroa 4, Chris Resop 4, Pat Neshek 4, Kyler Newby 9, Blake Hassebrock 1, James Simmons 3
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Thomas Field, SS3010012 .250
    Randal Grichuk, RF2000013 .000
Vernon Wells, LF2110000 .500
    Scott Cousins, LF3000013 .000
Mark Trumbo, DH2010001 .250
   a- Luis Jimenez, PH-DH3000010 .167
Kole Calhoun, RF3111012 .200
    Eric Stamets, SS1000110 .000
Brendan Harris, 2B2111002 .500
    Andrew Romine, 2B3010001 .167
Kaleb Cowart, 3B0101100 .500
   b- Luis Rodriguez, PH-3B2010001 .250
Efren Navarro, 1B2000000 .200
    Bill Hall, 1B2110000 .250
Matt Young, CF3020001 .833
    Travis Witherspoon, CF1011000 .333
Luke Carlin, C2000001 .000
    Carlos Ramirez, C1010100 .200
    Alex Yarbrough, PR0000000 .000
    Jett Bandy, C0000000 .000
Totals37512436  
a-grounded out for Trumbo in the 5th
b-fouled out for Cowart in the 5th
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (1, Gordon), Bill Hall (1, Newby), Matt Young (1, Figueroa)
3B - Brendan Harris (1, Gordon)
SF - Kaleb Cowart (1)
RBI - Kole Calhoun (1), Brendan Harris (1), Kaleb Cowart (1), Travis Witherspoon (1)
SB - Vernon Wells (1, 3rd base off Blackley/Norris), Mark Trumbo (1, 2nd base off Blackley/Norris), Andrew Romine (1, 2nd base off Resop/Norris)
CS - Matt Young (1, 2nd base by Neshek/Montz)
PK - Thomas Field (1, Blackley)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Randal Grichuk 1
DP - Cowart-Harris-Navarro
E - Scott Cousins (1, Throwing), Luis Rodriguez (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Enright 0.2433100 40.50
Jarrett Grube 1.1000120 0.00
Bobby Cassevah 1100200 0.00
Hiroyuki Kobayashi (BS,1) 2111210 4.50
Kevin Johnson 1000010 0.00
Andrew Taylor (L,0-1) 1322110 18.00
Manaurys Correa 1211010 9.00
Buddy Boshers 1000100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 10-0, Jarrett Grube 12-0, Bobby Cassevah 11-0, Hiroyuki Kobayashi 17-0, Kevin Johnson 6-0, Andrew Taylor 11-0, Manaurys Correa 7-0, Buddy Boshers 7-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 1-1, Jarrett Grube 1-1, Bobby Cassevah 2-0, Kevin Johnson 2-1, Andrew Taylor 1-0, Manaurys Correa 1-1, Buddy Boshers 2-1
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 7, Jarrett Grube 5, Bobby Cassevah 5, Hiroyuki Kobayashi 9, Kevin Johnson 4, Andrew Taylor 6, Manaurys Correa 5, Buddy Boshers 4
Game Information
Attendance - 5213
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Cory Blaser