Athletics 6, Rockies 3

Tommy Milone is hoping to improve upon his breakout rookie

season.

He’s off to a good start.

Milone pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start

and Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer in the third inning, leading

the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on

Saturday.

Milone went 13-10 to tie a franchise record for wins by a rookie

last year and led the A’s with 190 innings pitched.

Despite his success in the big leagues, Milone said he is

treating this spring as he did last year.

”It took a little while to get going, but I felt a little more

comfortable in the second inning,” the left-hander said after

throwing 36 pitches. ”It’s just a matter of going out there and

throwing to hitters in real situations.”

Milone was trying to win a spot in the starting rotation last

spring, and he’s taking the same approach this year even though his

place is certain.

”I’m trying to do the same thing,” he said. ”Trying not to

let myself think I have a spot. I have to go out there and still

perform every five (days) for the team and keep it close.”

Reddick hit a three-run homer in the third inning and broke out

of a 1 for 8 slump with two hits, and Brandon Moss also homered for

the A’s. Reddick hit 32 home runs last season.

”It’s always nice in spring training when you get a couple of

guys on, you get a good pitch to hit and just drive the ball,” A’s

manager Bob Melvin said of Reddick’s drive.

Eric Sogard and late-inning substitute Michael Choice drove in

runs for Oakland, Sogard with a fourth-inning single and Choice a

sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies and allowed three runs

and four hits over 2 1-3 innings in his second spring training

start. Chacin was limited last season to 14 starts because of right

shoulder inflammation.

”That’s what happens when you get behind counts,” Chacin said

of his outing. ”I was just trying to sink down and away and the

ball just stayed in the middle (on Reddick’s home run). My changeup

was really good and that’s something I’m happy with.”

Nolan Arenado hit a three-run shot in the sixth inning for

Colorado. Arenado also hit a ball just a shade under 410 feet to

straightaway center field, but A’s outfielder Coco Crisp chased it

down and made a basket catch in the fourth inning.

NOTES: Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, catcher Ramon

Hernandez and Chacin played their last games before heading to

Puerto Rico to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

Gonzalez singled, scored and walked twice and Hernandez was 1 for 3

and threw out a would-be base stealer. LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who is

coming back from Tommy John surgery that limited him to three

starts in 2012, makes his second spring training start Sunday when

the same two teams meet in Scottsdale, Ariz. . The A’s are

scheduled to start RHP A.J. Griffin against the Rockies. Griffin

was 7-1 in 15 starts last season and pitched two scoreless innings

in his spring training debut last week. … New Oakland SS Hiroyuki

Nakajima was twice hit by pitches in the game but said afterward he

felt fine. He stole a base and scored a run, and has already become

a fan favorite at A’s spring training games, where one fan led a

”Na-ka! Ji-ma!” chant in the stands.