Oakland at Texas

Scoreboard
Oakland (12-12)000010010281
Texas (8-15) «00000510x671

Moreland returns, helps Rangers beat Athletics


  •  

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Mitch Moreland returned to the Texas lineup from a side injury and singled home two runs during a five-run sixth as the Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-2 Monday.

Moreland had two hits and drew a walk. He had not played since straining his left oblique March 18.

''It's significant that he's had good at-bats against everybody,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''It is big that he's handled left-handers. It looks like the new approach he has, not stepping in the bucket that he's staying in there pretty good.''

Alex Rios and Robinson Chirinos also contributed RBI singles in the Rangers' big inning.

Alberto Callaspo went 3 for 3 for the A's and is 12 for 28 (.429) in his past 10 games. John Jaso singled home a run, giving him eight RBIs in his past eight games.

Rangers right-hander Ryan Feierabend gave up four hits in four scoreless innings.

''I thought he was good,'' Washington said. ''He held them down to zeros for a pretty good while. He used all his pitches, threw the ball well.''

A's minor leaguer Sean Murphy limited the Rangers to one single over 4 1-3 scoreless innings in his debut against big league hitters.

''It was definitely nerve-wracking,'' Murphy said. ''That first inning I was so nervous. When you see a lineup like that, who wouldn't get a little nervous?''

''It was a blast. I can't even put it into words. I'm just super pumped right now. Getting big names out is definitely a key, so I'm definitely proud of that. That lineup is super tough,'' he said.

STARTING TIME

A's: Murphy, a 6-foot-6 righty from Philadelphia who was a 33rd-round pick in 2010, said he had never met manager Bob Melvin before Monday morning.

''I didn't even know I was starting until I saw the lineup in the major league clubhouse,'' Murphy said. ''It was my first time actually to be in the major league clubhouse. It felt good to get over there and experience it firsthand.''

Rangers: Feierabend had given up eight hits and two walks to the previous dozen batters he faced in his past two outings. He allowed three hits to the first four Oakland batters he faced, but got out of the inning unscathed thanks to an A's baserunning blunder.

TRAINER'S ROOM

A's: Second baseman Nick Punto left in the third inning with left hamstring tightness. Outfielder Craig Gentry (lower back strain) and right-handed reliever Ryan Cook (sore shoulder) will begin the season on the disabled list. They are active in minor league games, so they could be activated early as April 4. Melvin said he expects both could be ready by the fifth game of the season.

DARVISH UPDATE

Texas ace Yu Darvish played catch for 10 minutes Monday, his first activity since being scratched from a minor league start Friday with a stiff neck. It still remains iffy whether he will be ready to start the March 31 opener. He will be reevaluated Tuesday.

PITCHERS ON BACK FIELDS

A's starter Dan Straily and relievers Sean Doolittle, Luke Gregerson and Jim Johnson pitched in a minor league game. So did Rangers left-hander Martin Perez, who threw 102 pitches in six innings in an intrasquad game. Perez allowed four runs and nine hits, facing mostly Triple-A hitters.

Straily yielded seven earned runs on 10 hits and walked two in 5 2-3 innings. Gregerson and Doolittle each tossed a scoreless inning, while Johnson surrendered two runs.

With Texas and Oakland meeting 19 times in the regular season, the managers preferred not to have their top pitchers face a division opponent late in spring training.

 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Texas

M. Moreland
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Oakland

A. Callaspo
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

Related Video

December 23, 2014
Raiders at Broncos Preview (2:57)
December 1, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Football coming to LA?
(2:58)
December 27, 2014
We Need To Talk: Cowher talks AFC Playoff Picture
(4:37)
December 23, 2014
Jim Rome: Dez Bryant's contract
(3:09)

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens Chicago Cubs Nike Royal Blue Classic Pullover Hoodie

MLB Cold Weather Gear
Get your favorite team
Shop Now

Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Burns, CF3010011 .313
   a-Dusty Coleman, PH1000011 .000
Sam Fuld, LF3000002 .283
   Chad Oberacker, LF0100100 .333
Nick Punto, 2B1010000 .357
   Daniel Robertson, SS3000011 .217
Alberto Callaspo, 1B3030002 .349
   Anthony Aliotti, PR-1B1000000 .200
Michael Taylor, RF3000003 .288
   Chris Gimenez, C1011000 .214
Daric Barton, DH4000003 .258
Jake Elmore, 3B2110100 .319
   D'Arby Myers, RF1000000 .000
John Jaso, C3011011 .279
   Jose Martinez, 3B1000000 .222
Tyler Ladendorf, SS-2B3000002 .273
   b-Josh Whitaker, PH1000001 .000
Sean Murphy, P0000000 .000
   Deryk Hooker, P0000000 .000
   Joe Savery, P0000000 .000
   Philip Humber, P0000000 .000
   Jeff Urlaub, P0000000 .000
Totals3428224  
a-struck out for Burns in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ladendorf in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alberto Callaspo (2, Feierabend), Chris Gimenez (2, D. McCutchen)
SH - Billy Burns (1)
RBI - Chris Gimenez (3), John Jaso (12)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Gimenez (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Callaspo, Callaspo-Hooker-Callaspo, Callaspo-Hooker-Callaspo-Ladendorf-Robertson-Aliotti
E - Tyler Ladendorf (2, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean Murphy 4.1100120 0.00
Deryk Hooker (L,1-2; H,1) 0.2133200 12.79
Joe Savery (BS,1) 1322110 2.08
Philip Humber 1111100 15.00
Jeff Urlaub 1100010 0.00
WP - Joe Savery (2)
HBP - Rosales (by Philip Humber)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Murphy 6-5, Joe Savery 1-1, Philip Humber 2-0, Jeff Urlaub 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean Murphy 15, Deryk Hooker 4, Joe Savery 7, Philip Humber 5, Jeff Urlaub 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, DH2100201 .293
Josh Wilson, SS3000013 .245
   Guilder Rodriguez, SS1011000 .500
Prince Fielder, 1B3101010 .286
   Adam Rosales, 1B0000000 .111
Adrian Beltre, 3B2100100 .229
   Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B1000001 .340
Alex Rios, RF3111000 .333
   Jim Adduci, RF1000010 .333
Mitch Moreland, LF3022100 .273
   Jake Skole, PR-LF0000000 .000
Robinson Chirinos, C4021001 .444
Leonys Martin, CF2100113 .279
   Michael Choice, CF0000000 .357
Kensuke Tanaka, 2B3110001 .238
Ryan Feierabend, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
   Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
   Rafael Perez, P0000000 .000
Totals2867654  
Batting
RBI - Guilder Rodriguez (1), Prince Fielder (10), Alex Rios (6), Mitch Moreland 2 (8), Robinson Chirinos (6)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (2), Mitch Moreland 2 (3), Robinson Chirinos (5)
SB - Elvis Andrus (1, 2nd base off Humber/Gimenez), Kensuke Tanaka (1, 2nd base off Murphy/Jaso)
PK - Jake Skole (1, Urlaub)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mitch Moreland 1
E - Guilder Rodriguez (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Feierabend 4400000 6.92
Aaron Poreda 1111100 3.24
Jason Frasor (W,1-0) 1100010 2.35
Daniel McCutchen (H,1) 2211120 2.70
Rafael Perez 1000010 3.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Feierabend 6-5, Aaron Poreda 3-0, Jason Frasor 2-0, Daniel McCutchen 1-3, Rafael Perez 3-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Feierabend 15, Aaron Poreda 5, Jason Frasor 4, Daniel McCutchen 9, Rafael Perez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 5221
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - David Rackley