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Update from PHX: March 24/Recap: Dodgers @ A’s Game 27

March 24, 2013
  • A’s won 7-4 over the eight-billion dollar Dodgers payroll.
  • Josh Reddick looks good walking around without a limp in his injured ankle. Nothing seems like it’ll get in the way of his being in tomorrow’s lineup. While Reddick himself downplayed the injury it looks good that the whole thing really is not a big deal at all.
  • New acquisition Nate Freiman was in today’s lineup at DH (he went 0-for-4). Tomorrow he will get a full nine innings at first base as per manager Bob Melvin. It looks like he may be a platoon option with Brandon Moss.
  • Hideki Okajima saw some action today. When Bob Melvin was asked about his absence lately, it was because other people needed innings. Makes it seem unlikely he will break with the big league club. That said he began sort of as a long shot and with so many lefty bullpen arms it seemed unlikely barring an injury or something else.
  • Shane Peterson and Jemile Weeks were optioned to Sacramento today. Not surprising with Peterson, despite his extremely positive spring: .408/.463/.653 with a home run in 54 plate appearances. It was a bit more surprising for Weeks to be sent down now as opposed to in a few days time. Spring numbers are clearly not thought as highly of as it was alleged they did earlier this spring as he hit .370/.424/.556 with a home run in 33 trips to the plate. This leaves Eric Sogard and Scott Sizemore as competing for the second base job. Adam Rosales on account of having no options left seems safe and I have to assume Sizemore is for the same reason though it seems that Sogard is turning some heads with his .525/.587/.775 slash line and home run in 46 plate appearances. That said, I could see Sogard making this team with Hiroyuki Nakajima finding himself optioned this week.
  • Today’s lineup against the Dodgers: Chris Young CF, Sizemore 2B, Jed Lowrie 3B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Moss 1B, Seth Smith RF, Derek Norris C, Freiman DH, Nakajima SS. Norris looked good clubbing his fifth home run of the spring tops on the team. The pitching in this one was A.J. Griffin followed by Jerry Blevins, Grant Balfour, Hideki Okajima and Mike Ekstrom. Griffin looked good as the wind was blowing out and he got burned for two home runs (a two-run shot to Andre Ethier and solo blast by Carl Crawford) going four and two-thirds, and though he allowed four earned runs on the five hits, he walked one and struck out eight.
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