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Elephant Rumblings: A’s win Cactus League opener, Kyle Muller to start Sunday

News and notes from Saturday’s spring opener.

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The Oakland Athletics began the 2023 Cactus League on a good note with a 12-7 win Saturday over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Several of Oakland’s young players turned in good performances in the debut, which is a good thing for a rebuilding club like the Athletics. Tyler Soderstrom, Lawrence Butler, Zack Gelof and Denzel Clarke all recorded hits in the opener and scored four runs. Additionally, Freddy Tarnok allowed a hit and struck out two over two scoreless innings.

The Cactus League schedule will continue again Sunday as Oakland takes on Milwaukee at 12:10 p.m. PST. Left-hander Kyle Muller will make his spring debut Sunday for the A’s.

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Outfield prospect Lawrence Butler was 1-for-2 with a walk and drove in two runs in Saturday’s win.

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Oakland scored six times in the fifth including a two-run double by Jace Peterson that tied the game.