Athletics 7, Indians 6(10)

Brett Anderson is ready for the season to start.

Anderson, Oakland’s opening-day pitcher, gave up three runs and

six hits in 5 1-3 innings, and the Athletics went on to beat the

Cleveland Indians 7-6 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

”Once I get this last start out of the way, it will hit me,”

Anderson said. ”It’s an honor to go out there and get that first

start. It’s going to be exciting.”

Anderson missed most of last season for the Athletics recovery

from elbow surgery but made it back for the playoffs. He pitched

six scoreless innings against Detroit in the AL Division


”I threw some good fastballs and changes to get some ground

balls. I’m ready to get up in the bigs with some humidity maybe the

breaking ball will be better,” Anderson said. ”It was good to get

my stamina built up.”

Eric Sogard doubled home Michael Choice with the tying run in

the fifth inning and then scored two outs later on Yoenis Cespedes’

fourth home run of the spring to put the A’s up 5-3.

Jose Ramirez had an RBI single in the ninth, advanced to third

on Ryan Rohlinger’s single to center and scored the tying run on

Travis Blackley’s wild pitch.

”We want to use Blackley for multiple innings,” Oakland

manager Bob Melvin said. ”It is something we are trying to make a

decision on. Those are the situations you evaluate closely.”

Blackley also pitched the 10th and picked up the win.

Daric Barton’s two-out single in the top of the 10th put Oakland

back ahead, and Nate Freiman scored two batters later on a

bases-loaded walk to Luke Montz to increase the lead to 7-5.

Todd Hankins had an RBI grounder for the Indians in the bottom

of the 10th.

Zach McAllister, who will make the major league opening day

roster for the first time, gave up five runs and eight hits in 5

2-3 innings.

”Delivery wise I felt very good. I had good life on my

fastball,” McAllister said. ”Every thing was good except for that

curve ball to Cespedes. He’s a really good hitter I wanted to be

aggressive and I made too good of a pitch for him to hit.”

McAllister had to iron out his mechanics after he was told he

earned a spot in the starting rotation.

”My spring was up and down,” McAllister said. ”Half way

through I got out of sync a little bit mechanically. I got a little

frustrated by that. I was extremely happy today with my delivery. I

wasn’t happy with the results. I wanted to go out and put up zeros

but I got my delivery back and that’s what makes me successful

Brandon Moss doubled and Josh Reddick tripled for Oakland.

Grant Balfour, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right

knee on Feb. 14, retired all three batters he faced for the


Indians closer Chris Perez made his first official spring

appearance since straining his right shoulder on Feb. 26. He

retired all three batters he faced, one by strikeout.

”Perez looked really good,” Indians manager Terry Francona

said. ”He felt good. He said he was a little rusty. I didn’t look

like that. He was throwing free and easy and letting it fly. The

ball came out of his hands really well.”

NOTES: Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps signed minor league

contracts with the Indians. Both players were released from

contracts earlier this week to avoid the $100,000 retention bonus

that is mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. … LHP

Rich Hill, RHP Vinnie Pestano and RHP Matt Albers pitched in minor

league games for the Indians. … Cleveland SS Asdrubal Cabrera

will rest one more day before taking batting practice. Cabrera has

missed three games with back spasms. … Balfour has made three

appearances since returning from his surgery. ”They told me I

would be out 4-6 weeks and I’m back in four. All my stuff is ready

for the season,” Balfour said. He has retired all nine batters

he’s faced. … Athletics 2B Adam Rosales was placed on the 15-day

disabled list with strained left intercostal muscles (muscles in

the ribs). Rosales was injured Monday night while making a throw in

a game against Milwaukee. ”It’s too bad for a guy that was finally

healthy again and putting together good at-bats. He is a tough one

to lose,” manager Bob Melvin said.