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PHOENIX (AP) - Brett Anderson called it "pure athleticism at its finest."
The fact that he could make light of what could have been a serious situation for the Oakland A's was a bit of good news in a 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Anderson, picked by manager Bob Melvin to start on opening day, was just eight pitches into his second start of the spring when trouble arose.
He had given up a leadoff single to Adam Eaton, then watched as a sharp grounder by former Oakland teammate Cliff Pennington caromed off the glove of third baseman Josh Donaldson and rolled toward the back of the infield.
Eaton slowed momentarily, then tried to take an extra base when he noticed no one was covering third. Anderson hustled over to the bag, but the throw was a bit behind him, the ball got loose and Eaton was safe.
Anderson walked back toward the mound, twisting his neck back and forth. Melvin and team trainers came out and the left-hander was pulled from the game without attempting to make a practice throw.
The diagnosis was a strained muscle on the right side of his upper deck. Anderson, attached to an electronic stimulation device while sitting in front of his locker, called it a freak play and said he didn't think it was anything serious. More evaluation will come on Monday.
"It's a lot looser than it was when I was out there," Anderson said. "The ball was thrown behind me, I turned and my neck balled up, started to spasm."
He agreed with Melvin's decision to pull him.
"You don't want to overcompensate and hurt something else," Anderson said.
Said Melvin: "You never want to take a chance. But we are fairly confident that he will be able to make his next start."
Oakland overcame an early 2-0 deficit with two runs in the second inning and two more in the third, and pulled away.
Infielder Jed Lowrie, acquired Feb. 4 in a trade with Houston, provided much of the offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double.
Lowrie appears to be competing with Jemile Weeks for the second-base job. Weeks was hitting well before being sidelined with a bruised shoulder. Melvin said Weeks will get in some at-bats at the A's nearby minor-league camp on Monday before going back into the regular lineup.
"Lowrie has a couple of good at-bats every day. It doesn't seem to matter if it's a right-hander or left-hander, he swings every well," Melvin said.
Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Skaggs, vying with lefty Patrick Corbin and righty Randall Delgado to become the fifth starter, again was inconsistent. He gave up four earned runs on four hits, walked two and gave up the homer to Lowrie. His spring ERA is 12.79.
"Numbers mean nothing in spring training, it's all about how you feel, what coaches see," the 21-year-old Skaggs said. "It was basically a confidence-builder and today just added to the confidence I have out there."
NOTES: RHP Ian Kennedy, Arizona's opening day starter, pitched what amounted to five innings in a "B" game at the team's facility in nearby Scottsdale. He gave up one hit over four innings and struck out three, although he was given an extra out each inning. ... A's OF Yoenis Cespedes will be in Florida for another day or two to greet 14 family members, including his mother, who left Cuba with him two years ago but have been delayed coming to America until now. ... When Arizona's Venezuelan players return from the World Baseball Classic, manager Kirk Gibson said that Martin Prado will be used strictly at 3B after playing LF in the WBC. ... The A's optioned LHP Andrew Werner and RHP Jesse Chavez to Triple-A Sacramento and RHP Michael Ynoa to Class A Beloit.
|Players of the Game|
|Adam Eaton, CF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.400|
|Alfredo Marte, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Nick Ahmed, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.154|
|A.J. Pollock, RF||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.267|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Ryan Court, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Goldschmidt, DH||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||.458|
|a- Didi Gregorius, PH-DH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Kila Ka'aihue, 1B||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.294|
|Matt Davidson, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||3||.192|
|Brent Clevlen, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Brad Snyder, LF-CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.174|
|Rossmel Perez, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.500|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Ollie Linton, CF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Josh Wilson, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.375|
|Chris Owings, SS||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.294|
|a-singled for Goldschmidt in the 8th|
|2B - Alfredo Marte (2, Figueroa), Matt Davidson (2, Colon), Ollie Linton (1, Okajima)|
|HR - Chris Owings (2, Okajima)|
|RBI - A.J. Pollock (3), Matt Davidson (3), Chris Owings 2 (3)|
|SB - A.J. Pollock (4, 2nd base off Ekstrom/Jaso), Paul Goldschmidt (1, 2nd base off Colon/Jaso)|
|CS - Josh Wilson (1, 2nd base by Colon/Jaso)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Pennington-Wilson-Hinske|
|Tyler Skaggs (L,0-2)||4||4||4||4||2||0||1||12.79|
|HBP - Barton (by Starling Peralta)|
|WP - Joe Paterson (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 23-15, Charles Brewer 11-7, Starling Peralta 4-3, Garrett Mock 12-4, Joe Paterson 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 4-6, Charles Brewer 3-3, Starling Peralta 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 16, Charles Brewer 8, Starling Peralta 4, Garrett Mock 6, Joe Paterson 1|
|Coco Crisp, CF||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.353|
|Shane Peterson, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.469|
|Jed Lowrie, 2B||3||1||2||3||0||0||0||.381|
|Darwin Perez, PR-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.417|
|Josh Reddick, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.278|
|Andy Parrino, LF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.368|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.087|
|Scott Moore, 3B-1B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Scott Sizemore, DH||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.167|
|a- Seth Smith, PH-DH||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|John Jaso, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Luke Montz, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Eric Sogard, SS||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.353|
|Michael Choice, LF-CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.394|
|Daric Barton, 1B||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.357|
|Jefry Marte, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|a-grounded out for Sizemore in the 6th|
|2B - Jed Lowrie (2, Brewer)|
|HR - Jed Lowrie (2, Skaggs)|
|RBI - Jed Lowrie 3 (9), Seth Smith (5), Michael Choice (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (2), Michael Choice (5)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Jaso-Nakajima|
|E - Michael Choice (1, Throwing), Josh Donaldson (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Sean Doolittle (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Bartolo Colon (H,1)||3||4||1||1||1||4||0||9.00|
|Pedro Figueroa (H,3)||1.2||2||0||0||0||2||0||1.59|
|Hideki Okajima (S,1)||1.1||2||2||2||1||1||1||3.38|
|WP - Mike Ekstrom (1), Pedro Figueroa (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 2-2, Mike Ekstrom 13-11, Sean Doolittle 5-5, Bartolo Colon 24-20, Pedro Figueroa 12-11, Hideki Okajima 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 1-0, Mike Ekstrom 2-2, Sean Doolittle 1-1, Bartolo Colon 2-2, Pedro Figueroa 1-2, Hideki Okajima 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 2, Mike Ekstrom 7, Sean Doolittle 3, Bartolo Colon 13, Pedro Figueroa 7, Hideki Okajima 7|
|Attendance - 5411|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Allen Bailey, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Patrick Mahoney|