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Oakland at Chicago

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Oakland (2-4)010100001391
Chi. Cubs (4-2) «00121001x5120

Cubs 5, Athletics 3

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Announced as Oakland's opening-day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in the Athletics' 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The 25-year-old left-hander, 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts last year after he recovered from elbow surgery, will be opposed by Seattle's Felix Hernandez in the April 1 matchup at Oakland.

Anderson said manager Bob Melvin gave him the news a day earlier.

"It sounded like he wanted to hug, but I am not going to jump up and down and things like that," the pitcher said. "If he wants one I'll give him one, but I won't go out of my way."

Anderson struck out one and walked none in his first outing of spring training.

"I was healthy, so that is step one, whether I gave up eight runs or zero like I did today," Anderson said. "It was good to continue to get ground balls on early contact. I felt good and threw my pitches for strikes."

Melvin said Anderson's dedication during rehabilitation last year is an indication of what a No. 1 starter is about.

"Based on the guys that we have and how successfully he came back for us last year, we really feel like he's the man to lead the staff," Melvin said. "He worked hard to get back and put himself in a position to compete with us at a time of the season where there's no easing into things. You got to be good right away, and he was. Then he gets hurt (oblique) and we think he's done, and he works just as hard to get back and pitch in a playoff game."

In his first appearance for the Cubs after leaving Texas as a free agent, Scott Feldman gave up one run and two hits in two innings with two strikeouts and two walks.

"It got the butterflies going again and it was nice to get that one out of the way," Feldman said. "For the most part, I was executing my pitches fairly well. For the first time out it was fine."

Derek Norris hit a fourth-inning home run off Travis Wood, his second home run of spring training. Michael Choice had had two hits, including a second-inning triple that followed a walk to Norris.

Darnell McDonald had two hits for the Cubs, including an RBI double in the fifth against Jordan Norberto. Cuban prospect Jorge Soler had a single and showed off his arm when he threw out the A's Josh Reddick at third base from right field in the first inning.

"That was about as good of throw as you can make," Feldman said. "I think Reddick kind of had a look of shock on his face."

NOTES: A's closer Grant Balfour (right knee) was scheduled to see a doctor Thursday. He made 35 throws from flat ground on Wednesday, and his next step could be throwing off a mound. ... Cubs RHP Matt Garza (lat muscle) threw for 15 minutes from up to 60 feet. Friday is expected to be a day off before he throws again on Saturday. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro said he was fine Thursday, but he is expected to miss two to three games after feeling tightness in his left hamstring in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

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

D. McDonald
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF1000000 .333
   a- Darwin Perez, PH-LF4010012 .375
Scott Sizemore, 2B2000111 .143
    Eric Sogard, 2B-SS2010002 .333
Josh Reddick, RF2000102 .125
    Shane Peterson, RF1000000 .400
Brandon Moss, 1B3010002 .182
    Luke Montz, C1000001 .000
Josh Donaldson, 3B3000010 .100
    Andy Parrino, 3B1000001 .250
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS3010010 .200
    Grant Green, 2B1110000 .333
Derek Norris, C2211101 .286
    Scott Moore, 1B1011000 .400
Michael Choice, LF-CF4021010 .500
Miles Head, DH4000033 .000
Totals3539338  
a-singled for Crisp in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Grant Green (2, Lewis), Michael Choice (2, Lewis)
3B - Michael Choice (1, Feldman)
HR - Derek Norris (2, Wood)
RBI - Derek Norris (2), Scott Moore (2), Michael Choice (5)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Norris (1), Michael Choice (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Hiroyuki Nakajima (1, Missed catch of throw)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Anderson 2100010 0.00
Bartolo Colon (BS,1; L,0-1) 2531040 4.50
Jordan Norberto 1211030 21.60
Evan Scribner 1100020 9.00
Hideki Okajima 1100120 0.00
Pedro Figueroa 1211000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 9-9, Bartolo Colon 20-20, Jordan Norberto 11-11, Evan Scribner 8-8, Hideki Okajima 12-8, Pedro Figueroa 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 4-1, Bartolo Colon 2-1, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Pedro Figueroa 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 7, Bartolo Colon 12, Jordan Norberto 5, Evan Scribner 4, Hideki Okajima 5, Pedro Figueroa 5
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dave Sappelt, CF3011002 .231
    Matt Szczur, CF2010011 .143
Darwin Barney, 2B3110001 .444
    Logan Watkins, 2B2000001 .222
Scott Hairston, DH3000032 .182
   a- Brett Jackson, PH-DH0000100 .400
Darnell McDonald, LF3121000 .273
    Johermyn Chavez, LF1000011 .333
Jorge Soler, RF3010022 .200
    Brian Bogusevic, RF1010000 .375
Dioner Navarro, C3000023 .167
    Steve Clevenger, C1000012 .500
Javier Baez, SS3110011 .400
    Edwin Maysonet, SS1110000 .167
Brent Lillibridge, 1B2110000 .300
    Brad Nelson, 1B2000001 .222
Junior Lake, 3B3021011 .300
    Christian Villanueva, 3B0001000 .250
Totals365124112  
a-walked for Hairston in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dave Sappelt (1, Colon), Darnell McDonald (1, Norberto), Edwin Maysonet (1, Figueroa), Junior Lake (1, Scribner)
SF - Christian Villanueva (1)
RBI - Dave Sappelt (2), Darnell McDonald (5), Junior Lake (2), Christian Villanueva (2)
2-OUT RBI - Junior Lake (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jorge Soler 1
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman 2211220 4.50
Travis Wood (W,2-0) 2211011 6.75
Carlos Marmol (H,2) 1000110 4.50
Kyuji Fujikawa (H,2) 1100010 0.00
Hector Rondon (H,2) 1000010 0.00
Zach Putnam (H,3) 1100000 0.00
Jensen Lewis (S,1) 1311020 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 19-11, Travis Wood 14-11, Carlos Marmol 9-5, Kyuji Fujikawa 6-6, Hector Rondon 5-5, Zach Putnam 4-4, Jensen Lewis 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 2-1, Travis Wood 1-4, Carlos Marmol 1-1, Hector Rondon 2-0, Zach Putnam 3-0, Jensen Lewis 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 9, Travis Wood 8, Carlos Marmol 4, Kyuji Fujikawa 4, Hector Rondon 3, Zach Putnam 4, Jensen Lewis 6
Game Information
Attendance - 4037
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Mark Ripperger