Oakland at Cleveland

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Oakland (14-12) «20003000027121
Cleveland (16-13)11010000216111

Athletics 7, Indians 6(10)

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Brett Anderson is ready for the season to start.

Anderson, Oakland's opening-day pitcher, gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, and the Athletics went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

"Once I get this last start out of the way, it will hit me," Anderson said. "It's an honor to go out there and get that first start. It's going to be exciting."

Anderson missed most of last season for the Athletics recovery from elbow surgery but made it back for the playoffs. He pitched six scoreless innings against Detroit in the AL Division series.

"I threw some good fastballs and changes to get some ground balls. I'm ready to get up in the bigs with some humidity maybe the breaking ball will be better," Anderson said. "It was good to get my stamina built up."

Eric Sogard doubled home Michael Choice with the tying run in the fifth inning and then scored two outs later on Yoenis Cespedes' fourth home run of the spring to put the A's up 5-3.

Jose Ramirez had an RBI single in the ninth, advanced to third on Ryan Rohlinger's single to center and scored the tying run on Travis Blackley's wild pitch.

"We want to use Blackley for multiple innings," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It is something we are trying to make a decision on. Those are the situations you evaluate closely."

Blackley also pitched the 10th and picked up the win.

Daric Barton's two-out single in the top of the 10th put Oakland back ahead, and Nate Freiman scored two batters later on a bases-loaded walk to Luke Montz to increase the lead to 7-5.

Todd Hankins had an RBI grounder for the Indians in the bottom of the 10th.

Zach McAllister, who will make the major league opening day roster for the first time, gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.

"Delivery wise I felt very good. I had good life on my fastball," McAllister said. "Every thing was good except for that curve ball to Cespedes. He's a really good hitter I wanted to be aggressive and I made too good of a pitch for him to hit."

McAllister had to iron out his mechanics after he was told he earned a spot in the starting rotation.

"My spring was up and down," McAllister said. "Half way through I got out of sync a little bit mechanically. I got a little frustrated by that. I was extremely happy today with my delivery. I wasn't happy with the results. I wanted to go out and put up zeros but I got my delivery back and that's what makes me successful

Brandon Moss doubled and Josh Reddick tripled for Oakland.

Grant Balfour, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Feb. 14, retired all three batters he faced for the A's.

Indians closer Chris Perez made his first official spring appearance since straining his right shoulder on Feb. 26. He retired all three batters he faced, one by strikeout.

"Perez looked really good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He felt good. He said he was a little rusty. I didn't look like that. He was throwing free and easy and letting it fly. The ball came out of his hands really well."

NOTES: Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps signed minor league contracts with the Indians. Both players were released from contracts earlier this week to avoid the $100,000 retention bonus that is mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. ... LHP Rich Hill, RHP Vinnie Pestano and RHP Matt Albers pitched in minor league games for the Indians. ... Cleveland SS Asdrubal Cabrera will rest one more day before taking batting practice. Cabrera has missed three games with back spasms. ... Balfour has made three appearances since returning from his surgery. "They told me I would be out 4-6 weeks and I'm back in four. All my stuff is ready for the season," Balfour said. He has retired all nine batters he's faced. ... Athletics 2B Adam Rosales was placed on the 15-day disabled list with strained left intercostal muscles (muscles in the ribs). Rosales was injured Monday night while making a throw in a game against Milwaukee. "It's too bad for a guy that was finally healthy again and putting together good at-bats. He is a tough one to lose," manager Bob Melvin said.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

J. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Sogard, 2B3111010 .500
    Scott Sizemore, 2B2000002 .234
Jed Lowrie, SS3010001 .311
    Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS2010001 .167
    Tyler Ladendorf, PR-SS0100000 .000
Josh Reddick, RF4110012 .279
    D'Arby Myers, LF0000000 .000
Yoenis Cespedes, LF2212111 .265
    Chad Oberacker, LF-RF2000001 .000
Brandon Moss, 1B3011000 .327
    Nate Freiman, 1B1100010 .244
Seth Smith, DH3000001 .318
   a- Daric Barton, PH-DH2011010 .206
Josh Donaldson, 3B3020000 .320
    Andy Parrino, 3B1000100 .364
John Jaso, C2000101 .216
    Luke Montz, C1011100 .136
Michael Choice, CF5120014 .313
Totals39712646  
a-struck out for Smith in the 9th
Batting
2B - Eric Sogard (8, McAllister), Brandon Moss (2, McAllister)
3B - Josh Reddick (1, McAllister)
HR - Yoenis Cespedes (4, McAllister)
SH - D'Arby Myers (1)
RBI - Eric Sogard (7), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (10), Brandon Moss (8), Daric Barton (5), Luke Montz (4)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (8), Brandon Moss (3), Daric Barton (4), Luke Montz (1)
CS - Josh Donaldson (1, 2nd base by McAllister/Santana)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Yoenis Cespedes (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Anderson 5.1632111 6.75
Evan Scribner (H,2) 0.2000000 6.30
Grant Balfour (H,3) 1000000 0.00
Jordan Norberto (H,4) 1100010 4.82
Travis Blackley (BS,2; W,1-1) 2433120 14.21
WP - Travis Blackley 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 33-25, Evan Scribner 3-2, Grant Balfour 3-3, Jordan Norberto 6-6, Travis Blackley 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 10-5, Evan Scribner 1-1, Grant Balfour 2-1, Travis Blackley 3-1
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 23, Evan Scribner 2, Grant Balfour 3, Jordan Norberto 4, Travis Blackley 11
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Francisco Lindor, SS5010011 .292
Mike Aviles, LF4110011 .320
    Brian Jeroloman, C1000001 .143
Carlos Santana, C3011001 .261
    Bryson Myles, PR-LF^CF11100001.000
Matt Carson, DH4000112 .225
Ryan Raburn, RF3111101 .357
    Justin Toole, RF0000000 .000
Jordan Henry, CF3010001 .500
   a- Todd Hankins, PH-LF2001010 .000
Giovanny Urshela, 3B3110002 .200
   b- Chun Chen, PH-1B2110001 .500
Jose Ramirez, 2B4122001 .444
Jerrud Sabourin, 1B3000002 .000
   c- Ryan Rohlinger, PH-3B1010000 .167
Totals39611524  
a-struck out for Henry in the 9th
b-singled for Urshela in the 9th
c-singled for Sabourin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Francisco Lindor (1, Anderson), Bryson Myles (1, Blackley)
3B - Mike Aviles (1, Anderson)
HR - Ryan Raburn (5, Anderson)
SF - Carlos Santana (1)
SH - Justin Toole (1)
RBI - Carlos Santana (7), Ryan Raburn (12), Todd Hankins (1), Jose Ramirez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Ramirez (1)
SB - Jordan Henry 2 (2, 2nd base off Anderson/Jaso, 2nd base off Scribner/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lindor-Ramirez-Sabourin, Lindor-Sabourin
E - Giovanny Urshela (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister 5.2855231 5.85
Nick Hagadone 0.1000000 0.00
Chris Perez 1000010 0.00
Jerry Gil 2200020 3.38
Jose Flores (L,0-1) 1222200 18.00
HBP - Freiman (by Jose Flores)
WP - Zach McAllister (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 38-29, Nick Hagadone 1-1, Chris Perez 5-5, Jerry Gil 12-12, Jose Flores 14-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 7-5, Nick Hagadone 1-0, Chris Perez 2-0, Jerry Gil 1-3, Jose Flores 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 25, Nick Hagadone 1, Chris Perez 3, Jerry Gil 8, Jose Flores 8
Game Information
Attendance - 3512
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joel Hospodka, First Base - Brad Myers, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Jonathan Saphire