Saturday Spring Split Squad Game Thread: A's v Rangers & A's @ Giants

Arnold Leon is so good he doesn't even need the ball when he pitches. - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics are coming off their fifth tie of the spring campaign, which I think means they're going to struggle to qualify for the upcoming World Cup? Anyway, on to the simulsplitdoublesquadheader preview.

For the 1:05 game, righty Colby Lewis starts for the Texas Rangers against opening day starter Jarrod Parker righty Arnold Leon from the Gray Lady of the Cactus League, Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Bay Area fans should tune to 95.7 the Game. Out of market people can pick up the Texas TV broadcast from Fox Sports Southwest.

"Leon has impressed. He'll be a guy that knocks on the door[," said Bob Melvin.]

-- Chris Gabel: Melvin impressed by Leon's strong spring (March 14, 2014)

Leon has not allowed a run in three appearances and has given up two hits and a walk in seven innings.

-- Susan Slusser: A's rotation takes hit - Parker, Griffin have sore arms (March 14, 2014)

For the 3:05 game from Scottsdale Stadium, it's Matt Cain for a split-squad San Francisco Giants and southpaw Tommy Milone for the Green and Gold in Game 3 of the extended seven-game spring series against the Giants, with the A's leading two games to none. Bay Area fans can turn your rabbit ears to pick up NBC Bay Area on Channel 3 or 11.1. While the A's broadcast schedule indicates audio coverage via, Donny Baarns mentioned at the end of Friday's tie game that his next game will be Monday, and he is working in the Texas Rangers booth today.

The game is at 3:05, by the way, to avoid preemption of NBC's Third Round nap time coverage of the PGA Valspar Championship from Palm Harbor, Florida.

"We have Tommy Milone, and Jesse Chavez is pitching really well right now, too," [A's Manager Bob] Melvin said. "Again, until final evaluations with what's going on with these two guys, we're very comfortable with Milone and Chavez."

-- Chris Gabel: Parker, Griffin may not be ready for season (March 14, 2014)

I'm going to try to keep score of both games. I have my red, blue, green, and black ultra fine tip pens; correcting tape; and two custom scorecards ready. Let's play two!

Beat Writer Roundup

Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle:

Asked about the possibility of starting after spending last season as Oakland's long man, Chavez said, "Honestly, I don't even know when I'm pitching until I look at the board. That would be awesome if I get the chance, but I'm not going to change the way I go about my business."

"He's been filthy," catcher Stephen Vogt said. "He's always had the stuff, but right now, no matter what the pitch or the situation, he's executing. It's a lot of fun catching him right now, and he's hungry."

-- A's rotation takes hit - Parker, Griffin have sore arms (March 14, 2014)

Jane Lee,

Anthony Castrovince,

"What we have here is a good bunch of guys who have been undervalued for most of their career and have found success recently," [A's Third Baseman Josh Donaldson] said. "Guys who are starting to be viewed in a different light."

Donaldson is viewed in a much different light as he enters 2014. And he has plans to prove he's worthy of retaining that glow.

-- Donaldson won't rest on breakout 2013 season (March 14, 2014)

John Hickey, Bay Area News Group:

The secret, says the 30-year-old Chavez, is being able to visualize a pitch before he throws it.

"It's just a blink of the eye after I get the sign from the catcher," Chavez said Friday morning. "It's something I did when I first was drafted by Texas, but I'd sort of gotten away from it. I started to get back to it last year, and my whole focus this offseason was to get back to it.

-- A's have no problem visualizing Chavez in midst of rotation (March 14, 2014)


Game 1 (1:05 PM) - Texas at Oakland

  • Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix, AZ
  • TV: FSSW (Texas); Radio: 95.7
  • Weather: Sunny, 80 to 84, winds between 8-14 mph.
  • Notes: Arnold Leon making his first start of the spring.
Texas Rangers | Oakland Athletics
1. Josh Wilson (R) 2B | 1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS | 2. John Jaso (L) C
3. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B | 3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
4. Joey Gallo (L) 3B | 4. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
5. Michael Choice (R) CF | 5. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
6. Jim Adduci (L) LF | 6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
7. J.P. Arencibia (R) DH | 7. Derek Norris (R) DH
8. Brad Snyder (L) RF | 8. Eric Sogard (L) 2B
9. Geovany Soto (R) C | 9. Sam Fuld (L) LF
P. Colby Lewis (R) | P. Arnold Leon (R)

Game 2 (3:05 PM) - Oakland at San Francisco

  • Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, AZ
  • TV: NBC Bay Area (Giants); Radio:, KNBR (Giants)
  • Weather: Sunny, 82, windy 11-15 mph.
  • Notes: Daric Barton makes his return after a week break recovering from hamstring tightness. Athletics will play with the DH and the Giants will not.
Oakland Athletics | San Francisco Giants
1. Billy Burns (S) CF | 1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Nick Punto (S) SS | 2. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
3. Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B | 3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF | 4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Daric Barton (L) 1B | 5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Michael Taylor (R) RF | 6. Mark Minicozzi (R) 1B
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C | 7. Ehire Adrianza (S) 2B
8. Luke Montz (R) DH | 8. Gary Brown (R) CF
9. Jake Elmore (R) 2B | 9. Matt Cain (R) P
P. Tommy Milone (L) | P. Matt Cain (R)
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