Athletics 7, Angels 5

This early in spring training, the Oakland Athletics want to be

careful with even the slightest twinge.

Especially on a chilly afternoon with temperatures in the upper


Chris Young doubled home a run before leaving with a leg cramp

in Oakland’s 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Seth Smith had two RBIs and Coco Crisp added a pair of hits for

the A’s in a game that took 3 hours, 44 minutes. Young doubled and

scored in the first inning but got a cramp in his quadriceps while

running down a fly ball in the bottom half and was removed as a


”It’s a cramp more than anything else,” said A’s manager Bob

Melvin, adding that Young would be back on the field in two days.

”He had a nice hit. He made a nice play. It’s something you don’t

mess around with.”

Young, acquired from Arizona during the offseason, is expected

to play all over the outfield this season because the A’s already

have three regulars in Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh


Oakland starter Travis Blackley allowed three hits in a

scoreless inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Tommy Field in the

first but picked him off.

”I’ll take any zero I can get right now, as ugly as it may

be,” Blackley said. ”It was a tough day to pitch. My cutter was

really good today. My pickoff is still there. It saved me.”

Blackley said strong wind that included gusts of more than 25

mph throughout the day nearly pushed him off the mound while he was

in the stretch. The left-hander went 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 24

games (15 starts) for Oakland last year after he was claimed off

waivers from San Francisco in May.

Angels starter Barry Enright managed only two outs. He gave up

three runs and four hits in the first inning.

Young doubled in Crisp, who had singled to open the game, for a

1-0 lead. Smith followed with an RBI double and scored later on

Scott Sizemore’s sacrifice fly. After Daric Barton’s single, Angels

manager Mike Scioscia lifted Enright.

”You just grit your teeth and get through it,” Enright said.

”It’s a little discouraging to come out like that.”

Enright, obtained from Arizona last July, has a 7-11 career

record in the majors with a 5.13 ERA in 140 1-3 innings.

NOTES: Scioscia said many of his top players, specifically

newcomer Josh Hamilton, would begin playing toward the middle of

this week. ”(Hamilton) doesn’t need 70 or 80 at-bats to be

ready,” Scioscia said. ”They’ll (all) be on schedule.” …

Angels 1B Albert Pujols is expected to get back on the field in

mid-March. He is recovering from offseason knee surgery.