With two spring training games completed, here’s a look back at some of the action that took place on Thursday and Friday:
THURSDAY, MARCH 4 (LOSS, 9-3)
Trevor Cahill: Put in two-innings of work Thursday against the Cubs. Cahill allowed two runs on three hits, and struck out two. A’s manager, Bob Geren, said that he liked what he saw from Cahill.
Justin Souza: Pitched one frame, allowed one hit but also managed to strike out the side in the eighth inning.
Michael Taylor: Went 0 for 1 in his first spring training game for the A’s.
Chris Carter: The highly touted prospect went 1 for 1 in Thursday’s loss to the Cubs. According to Geren, Carter’s lone hit (a homer) traveled roughly 500 feet.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 (WIN, 8-7)
Travis Buck: With the depth Oakland has in the outfield, Travis Buck will have to prove that he belongs in the mix. On Friday, Buck blasted a homer en route to a 1 for 2 performance.
Ben Sheets: The A’s took a chance on Sheets by signing him to a one-year, $10 million contract. This season, we’ll see if that risk pays off for Oakland. In his first spring start, Sheets pitched two frames, struck out two and allowed two runs (one earned).
Eric Chavez: Chavvy, who is coming off yet another injury plagued season, connected for a triple in Friday’s win over the Brewers. Chavvy also started over at first-base–where he committed an error on a pickoff.
Note: Mark Ellis, Jemile Weeks and Chris Carter all collected a hit in Friday’s win.
**Finally! Spring Training Baseball!
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