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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Cliff Pennington brings deft defense to the shortstop position. Any offense he provides for his new team in Arizona would be a bonus.

Needless to say, the Diamondbacks would love more performances like the one Pennington delivered against his former Oakland teammates on Tuesday, when he went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer for Arizona's split squad in a 9-4 win.

Acquired last October in a trade that sent center fielder Chris Young to Oakland, Pennington hit just six home runs last season and has 24 in 1,748 career at bats in the majors. So his shot off Fernando Rodriguez was a rarity.

"I'm just trying to take good swings right now," he said. "I'm seeing the ball good. I caught one out front. It's not something I've done a whole lot in my career but I'll catch one from time to time."

Pennington, who came up through the Oakland organization, acknowledged being extra motivated against his former team, even if it was only a spring training game.

"Anytime you play your friends in anything there's always a little extra on it and I've got a lot of buddies over there," he said. "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a little bit sweeter."

Pennington is in competition with Willie Bloomquist for the everyday shortstop job but he said he isn't worrying about that situation.

"I'm just trying to go out there and get as comfortable as I can with the guys on this team, this coaching staff," he said. "Signs and the National League, there's a whole lot of stuff on my plate right now that I'm trying to iron out. I'm just going to do the best I can, play the way I play and whatever happens, happens."

Manager Kirk Gibson said his staff has been working with Pennington, who hit just .215 last season after batting .264 in 2011.

"He's going to have a better year this year than he did last year. How much, I don't know," Gibson said. "We've been working on some things. Obviously he executed properly today. ... We're trying to shorten him way up, trying to get his bat short to the ball. He can wait and see and recognize the ball longer. He's a really good ballplayer, you can tell that. He's a baseball player."

Jason Kubel and Adam Eaton also hit two-run homers for Arizona.

A's starter A.J. Griffin was sharp in his spring debut. The right-hander, who came up from the minors to go 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 starts and help the A's win the AL West last season, gave up one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings. It was his first big league spring training start. That left him in the unusual position of having started a major league postseason game before starting a big league spring training game.

"Looking back on it, I never would have thought I'd be throwing in the ALDS before I make a spring training major league appearance," he said. "But that's how it all kind of fell into place last year. I'll just keep going with it, I guess, that's all you can do."

Josh Collmenter, sporting a magnificent beard grown in the offseason, started and pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut for Arizona, giving up a hit and striking out two. He is projected to be the team's long-inning reliever and a spot starter.

Derek Norris hit a solo home run off Arizona's David Hernandez.

The Diamondbacks, plagued by base running problems last season and again already this spring, had another one in the second inning when Paul Goldschmidt doubled down the right field line but was picked off trying to get back to the base by strong-armed right fielder Josh Reddick after Cody Ross flew out.

NOTES: Arizona RHP Brandon McCarthy faces Cincinnati in his spring debut on Wednesday, his first appearance in a game since, while pitching for Oakland, he was struck in the head by a line drive last Sept. 2. McCarthy was hospitalized with an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. ... Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero did not play for the second game in a row because of a swollen right thumb. ... Hiroyuki Nakajima, expected to be Oakland's opening day starter at shortstop, was 1 for 3 with two strikeouts.

 
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Oakland

D. Norris
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

C. Pennington
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Sogard, 3B2000000 .333
   a- Addison Russell, PH-SS3021010 .600
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS3010020 .143
    Andy Parrino, PR-3B^RF2001000 .286
Josh Reddick, RF1000100 .167
    Shane Peterson, RF-CF3010003 .500
Brandon Moss, 1B3000013 .125
    Scott Moore, 1B1000002 .000
Josh Donaldson, DH3000023 .143
   b- Miles Head, PH-DH1000002 .000
Seth Smith, LF2010001 .400
    Adam Rosales, 2B1100110 .000
Scott Sizemore, 2B2000011 .200
    Darwin Perez, LF2010011 .500
Derek Norris, C2111010 .200
    Luke Montz, C1000001 .000
    Dave Freitas, C11100001.000
Michael Choice, CF3000001 .500
    Jefry Marte, 3B1111000 .750
Totals37494210  
a-struck out for Sogard in the 6th
b-grounded out for Donaldson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Peterson (3, Sipp), Jefry Marte (1, Madrigal)
HR - Derek Norris (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Addison Russell (1), Andy Parrino (3), Derek Norris (1), Jefry Marte (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
DP - Reddick-Nakajima, Nakajima-Sizemore-Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Griffin 2100030 0.00
Mike Ekstrom (BS,1; L,0-1) 1.2322041 6.75
Arnold Leon 1222201 9.00
T.J. Walz 0.1100000 0.00
Fernando Rodriguez 1433001 16.20
Blake Hassebrock 1222110 13.50
James Simmons 1100010 0.00
WP - Blake Hassebrock (1)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Griffin 12-12, Mike Ekstrom 20-18, Arnold Leon 16-6, T.J. Walz 2-2, Fernando Rodriguez 8-7, Blake Hassebrock 11-7, James Simmons 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Griffin 1-1, Mike Ekstrom 1-0, Arnold Leon 1-1, Blake Hassebrock 2-0, James Simmons 2-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Griffin 6, Mike Ekstrom 8, Arnold Leon 6, T.J. Walz 2, Fernando Rodriguez 6, Blake Hassebrock 6, James Simmons 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4122011 .462
    Breland Almadova, LF1000001 .000
Martin Prado, 3B3010020 .400
    Tony Campana, CF2000001 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B3120010 .333
    Nick Ahmed, 2B1000000 .200
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3010013 .400
    Josh Wilson, SS1110000 .667
Jason Kubel, LF3112011 .333
    Tuffy Gosewisch, C0100100 .000
Cody Ross, RF3000001 .000
    Jake Lamb, 3B10120001.000
Eric Chavez, DH2010110 .600
    Jonathan Griffin, PR-DH1100011 .000
Wil Nieves, C3111001 .167
    Evan Marzilli, RF1000010 .000
Cliff Pennington, SS2222100 .500
    Mark Teahen, 1B1010000 .286
Totals35914939  
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (1, Walz), Paul Goldschmidt (1, Griffin), Jake Lamb (1, Hassebrock), Eric Chavez (2, F. Rodriguez)
HR - Adam Eaton (1, Leon), Jason Kubel (1, Ekstrom), Cliff Pennington (1, F. Rodriguez)
RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (4), Jason Kubel 2 (2), Jake Lamb 2 (2), Wil Nieves (1), Cliff Pennington 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (4), Jason Kubel 2 (2), Jake Lamb 2 (2), Wil Nieves (1), Cliff Pennington 2 (2)
CS - Adam Eaton (1, 2nd base by F. Rodriguez/Montz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Nick Ahmed (1, Missed catch of throw), Josh Wilson (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter 2100020 0.00
David Hernandez 1111011 18.00
Heath Bell (W,1-0) 1000110 0.00
Brad Ziegler (H,1) 1000020 0.00
Tony Sipp (H,1) 1200020 0.00
Matt Reynolds (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Bradin Hagens (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Warner Madrigal (H,2) 0.2331110 5.40
Andrew Barbosa 0.1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 11-11, David Hernandez 8-7, Heath Bell 9-5, Brad Ziegler 8-7, Tony Sipp 9-9, Matt Reynolds 6-6, Bradin Hagens 5-5, Warner Madrigal 11-7, Andrew Barbosa 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 2-2, David Hernandez 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Bradin Hagens 3-1
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 7, David Hernandez 4, Heath Bell 4, Brad Ziegler 3, Tony Sipp 5, Matt Reynolds 4, Bradin Hagens 5, Warner Madrigal 6, Andrew Barbosa 1
Game Information
Attendance - 5682
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - John Tumpane