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Update from PHX: March 26/Recap: A’s @ Indians Game 29

March 26, 2013
  • The A’s and Indians played today in Goodyear with the A’s ultimately winning 7-6 in  in a see-saw affair.
  • The A’s second base situation may be working itself out to a degree. Adam Rosales will be headed to the disabled list with a strained intercostal (chest/rib area). The out of options Rosales seemed destined to make the roster and a .324/.468/.622 slash line in 47 trips to the plate didn’t do anything to really jeopardize that roster spot. This bodes well for Eric Sogard making the team as Hiroyuki Nakajima now is looking more and more like he’ll be headed up I-80 to Sacramento though he left today’s game with a strained hamstring (sadly on his first hit in 22 plate appearances) and is considered day-to-day. This also could aid Nate Freiman‘s chance of making the MLB roster out of camp.
  • A’s lineup against Cleveland: Sogard 2B, Jed Lowrie SS, Josh Reddick RF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Brandon Moss 1B, Seth Smith DH, Josh Donaldson 3B, John Jaso C, Michael Choice CF. Brett Anderson got the start, his last of the spring. Evan Scribner, Grant Balfour, Jordan Norberto and Travis Blackley also pitched. Blackley is looking less and less likely to make the roster following a miserable spring. Jane Lee of quoted Blackley as saying, “I feel better than I have ever in my life. … I can’t wrap my head around why these runs are coming in.” Blackley in this one at least allowed three earned runs and four hits in two innings, while walking one and striking out two. On the spring Blackley has thrown 12 2/3 innings, with 20 earned runs on 27 hits, with six walks and 12 strikeouts for an ugly 14.21 ERA and awful 2.61 WHIP. Blackley is out of options but one has to wonder whether he may clear waivers with such terrible spring numbers. It should not be forgotten that last year he was an invaluable member of the A’s (and a guy I wanted to see stick with a swingman role, a role I think is underappreciated and absolutely necessary to have) posting a 3.86 ERA nad 3.98 FIP in 102 2/3 of 6.1 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9 baseball. John Hickey on Inside The A’s had an interesting piece regarding Blackley though it was written prior to his awful outing. Hickey at least was singing a very different tune come his outing tweeting, “LHP Travis Blackley blew 2-run lead in 9th. If he does the same in 10th he can forget making opening day roster”

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