Athletics 4, Angels 2

Coco Crisp’s debut with Oakland gave manager Bob Geren an

interesting dilemma at the top of the batting order.

Crisp doubled and singled, Steve Tolleson drove in the go-ahead

run and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on


“That was a real nice first game,” Geren said of Crisp. “He

showed power off the bat and he ran well. He’s going to be an

exciting player for us.”

Crisp, whos signed as a free agent, and Rajai Davis are both

being considered for the top spot. Davis will be used in left field

while Crisp, who may not be ready to play outfield when the season

starts, takes over in center.

Greg Gross and Landon Powell also drove in runs for the A’s, who

won their second straight.

Erick Aybar and Michael Ryan drove in runs for the Angels, who

remain winless in three games.

Angels’ starter Jered Weaver allowed two runs on three hits in

his 1 2-3 innings.

“I came out healthy and that’s all that really matters right

now,” Weaver said. “Everything felt good, felt strong and

everything else will come along after that. I was just trying to go

out there and feel the rhythm of the game again, get back in tune

with runners getting on base and having an umpire back there and

all that kind of stuff.”

A’s starter Dallas Braden allowed a run on two hits in two


“This is the first time I’ve faced hitters since last August,”

Braden said. “All in all, mechanically it felt pretty good. My

fastball command can always be better.”

Braden enters the season with part of his left foot numb, the

result of an infection that cost him the rest of last season. He

dealt with a stuffed nose last year and he figures he can deal with

a numb foot.

“It’s always going to be that way in my opinion and the amount

of pain is nowhere near what it was after the procedure,” Braden

said. “I’m going to see how I can be, show up and do the work. If

there is any cause for concern, I will take some action. Until then

I’m a normal human being with a little less feeling.”

Tolleson’s bases-loaded grounder was fielded by Gary Patchett,

who tossed to Ryan Mount for the out. The relay throw got away,

allowing two runs to score and breaking a 2-2 tie.

NOTES: Angels OF Hideki Matsui could play Sunday unless the

field is drenched from an expected morning storm. “I’m going to be

excited to see him swinging the bat,” Angels’ manager Mike

Scioscia said. “If he feels good, he’ll be the DH.” … A’s INF

Eric Patterson left the game with a cut above his left eye after

getting hit by a bad-hop grounder. … A’s RHP Brett Tomko visited

the clubhouse for the first time since signing a minor league deal

last weekend. He continues to rehab an irritated nerve in his right

arm. … A’s RHP Jason Jennings is scheduled to make his first

appearance of the spring on Monday.