Athletics 8, Brewers 7

Ben Sheets acknowledged being a little nervous but insisted it

had nothing to do with facing his former team. It was more about

facing hitters for the first time in 17 months.

Sheets, who signed a $10 million, one-year contract with the

Oakland Athletics in the offseason, started Friday’s 8-7 victory

over the Milwaukee Brewers and tossed 1 2-3 healthy innings.

The right-hander addressed several issues regarding the elbow

surgery that forced him to miss last season. He denied any bad

feelings between himself and the Brewers and said he was

enthusiastic about returning to the form that made him a two-time

All-Star in Milwaukee.

“I thought it went great,” Sheets said after his 32-pitch

outing. “Any time I come off the mound healthy it’s a plus. I know

I’m getting better. I feel it, my body feels it. The more throwing

I get in, the stronger my arm gets. That’s as good as I

wanted.”

Yovani Gallardo pitched two scoreless innings, and Gregg Zaun

and Alcides Escobar each drove in two runs for Milwaukee.

Travis Buck and Anthony Recker homered for the A’s.

Sheets gave up two runs and four hits. He didn’t walk a batter

and struck out one. He was more concerned about the command of his

breaking ball than how his arm felt.

“I did not get one breaking ball over the plate,” he said.

“It didn’t seem like I got it over my last live batting practice,

either.”

Gallardo, who became the Brewers’ ace in Sheets’ absence, said

it was odd to see his former mentor in a different uniform.

“It was strange seeing him in yellow and green,” Gallardo

said. “But it’s part of baseball. It’s good to see him back and I

wish him luck.”

Gallardo gave up a triple to Eric Chavez but struck out two and

looked fluid.

“There was a little bit of excitement going out there for the

first time, but it worked out,” he said. “I’m very satisfied.

Everything went great.”

Steffan Wilson had three hits and drove in a run for Milwaukee.

Ryan Braun and Jim Edmonds also drove in runs.

Mark Ellis and Greg Gross added RBI singles for the A’s.

The A’s scored seven runs, all after two were out and no one on,

to rally from a six-run deficit.

NOTES: A’s RHP Jason Jennings threw a simulated game. …

Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks reached base for the fourth straight time,

singling in the first. A’s INF Jamal Weeks, Rickie’s younger

brother, doubled home a run in the seventh. … Brewers 3B Mat

Gamel sat out his second game with a sore shoulder. … Chavez made

his debut at first base for Oakland and got some advice from

Brewers first base coach Ed Seder. “I was covering first when I

didn’t need to and the coach whispered, ‘Hey, you don’t need to be

here right now.’ I said, ‘I just wanted to say hi.”’ … Brewers

OF Trent Oeltjen bruised his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch

from Andrew Bailey. Oeltjen will be sent to a hand specialist

Saturday.