Page last updated on Sat Oct 22 13:54:17 EDT 2016
03/10/2013 8:33 PM EDT
Anderson strains back in A's win over Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- Brett Anderson called it "pure athleticism at its

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

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

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.

RK Team
Texas Am
North Carolina State
Chicago Cubs
WTA - Luxembourg, DoublesNICULESCU M / TIG P M vs. BERTENS K / LARSSON J08:40 AM PST
ATP - Stockholm, Sweden, DoublesYMER E / YMER M vs. BOPANNA R / HUEY T08:45 AM PST
College FootballWisconsin vs Iowa09:00 AM PST
College FootballNC State vs Louisville09:00 AM PST
College FootballTexas vs Kansas State09:00 AM PST
MLBLos Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs12:00 PM PST
College FootballTCU vs West Virginia12:30 PM PST
College FootballTexas A&M vs Alabama12:30 PM PST
College FootballUtah vs UCLA1:00 PM PST
College FootballArkansas vs Auburn3:00 PM PST
College FootballOklahoma vs Texas Tech5:00 PM PST
College FootballOhio State vs Penn State5:00 PM PST
College FootballMississippi vs LSU6:00 PM PST
PGA TourCIMB Classic - Final Round7:00 PM PST
College FootballWyoming vs Nevada7:30 PM PST
College FootballFresno State vs Utah State7:30 PM PST
NFLNew York Giants vs Los Angeles Rams06:30 AM PST
NFLMinnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles10:00 AM PST
NFLCleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals10:00 AM PST
NFLNew Orleans Saints vs Kansas City Chiefs10:00 AM PST
NFLIndianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans10:00 AM PST
NFLWashington Redskins vs Detroit Lions10:00 AM PST
NFLBaltimore Ravens vs New York Jets10:00 AM PST
NFLBuffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins10:00 AM PST
NFLOakland Raiders vs Jacksonville Jaguars10:00 AM PST
MLBLos Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs12:00 PM PST
NFLSan Diego Chargers vs Atlanta Falcons1:05 PM PST
NFLTampa Bay Buccaneers vs San Francisco 49ers1:05 PM PST
NFLNew England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers1:25 PM PST
NFLSeattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals5:30 PM PST
NFLHouston Texans vs Denver Broncos5:30 PM PST