Athletics 10, Royals 3
Eric Chavez’s bat may have been quiet but his glove was active.
Playing in two consecutive games for the first time since last
April, Chavez handled seven chances in the field flawlessly Sunday
in Oakland’s 10-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Chavez, who was 0-for-3 at the plate, will sit out two days and
then play in two consecutive games again. He said that will be his
first real test of the spring.
“It was better than I thought and that’s a good sign,” Chavez
said. “Obviously the next time I go back-to-back will be another
hurdle. I’ll let my body recover and get ready for two more.”
The six-time Gold Glove third baseman is changing positions
after season-ending back surgery last June. Chavez moved capably
around first base Sunday in his fifth appearance there. He had made
one regular-season appearance at first in 2001.
“I really try to pick up what I can from anybody,” he said.
“Even if I don’t use them, I like to hear other ideas and how
others go about things. I’m listening to (Daric) Barton. I have
asked him a question every day I am at first. I try not to be
He had one play, an easy grounder off the bat of catcher Brayan
Pena, in which he appeared momentarily confounded and wound up
underhanding the ball to pitcher Trevor Cahill. He could have taken
the play himself.
“It was good practice,” Chavez said. “I still need to get
comfortable with who is hitting. The next time I’ll have that in
mind and I will know the situation better.”
Kurt Suzuki doubled home two runs and Rajai Davis had two hits
and two RBIs for the A’s. Jake Fox hit a three-run home run in the
Cahill’s third start was his best yet. He gave up two hits in
four innings with a walk and two strikeouts and felt so good he
threw 12 more pitches in the bullpen.
“It’s good to walk away from a decent outing and know what I
need to work on,” Cahill said. “I tried to work on a new
curveball and I threw about five or six of them.”
Kansas City’s Kyle Davies wasn’t so fortunate. He struggled
through 2 2-3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. He walked
three and did not strike out a batter. Vance Wilson hit a two-run
homer and Buck Coats doubled in a run for the Royals.
Cahill and the rest of the pitching staff were treated to a
motivational talk from former A’s ace Dave Stewart early in the
day. The 22-year-old never saw Stewart pitch, not even on
“It was great to have somebody who has won 20 games talk to
us,” Cahill said. “He covered all the bases. He talked about how
the team feeds off the pitcher and gives the team confidence.”
Cahill did film a commercial with Stewart, which utilizes the
former World Series MVP’s famed “death stare.”
“It’s one of those funny ones where he tries to teach me the
stare down and I wasn’t getting it,” Cahill said.
Notes: RHP Matt Herges, at 39, is the oldest Royals players of
the 58 remaining in camp. … RHP Justin Duchscherer is expected to
throw in a minor-league game on Wednesday. He was originally
scheduled for Tuesday. … RHP Joey Devine, who missed a week with
tendinitis, plans to throw off the mound on Wednesday. … Davis is
5-for-8 after starting the spring 1-for-19.