Chavez tallies first spring homer in win

Chavez tallies first spring homer in win

ATHLETICS 7, ANGELS 6
at Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, March 11

Angels at the plate: Casey Kotchman, seeking to cement his hold on the starting first-base job, drove in three including a towering homer to right in the fourth. Shea Hillenbrand hit a two-run single.

Athletics at the plate: Eric Chavez hit his first homer of the spring in his first at-bat off of southpaw Joe Saunders. Nick Swisher hit a solo homer to straight-away center that traveled an estimated 500 feet. Top prospect Daric Barton also hit a solo shot and had three hits. J.J. Furmaniak put the Athletics ahead for good in the eighth with a two-run double.

Angels on the mound: Saunders allowed three hits and the Chavez homer in four innings of work, walking one and striking out one. Neither Chris Resop nor Phil Seibel, both seeking the last spot in the Angels bullpen, did much to further their cause, allowing a pair of runs each.

Athletics on the mound: Shane Komine, battling for a chance at the fifth-starter role, allowed one run on four hits over three frames of work, striking out two. Santiago Casilla did not help his cause for a bullpen spot by allowing two runs in his only frame. Erasmo Ramirez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

Cactus League records: Angels 8-5; Athletics 6-5.

Up next: The Halos will take the full squad to Surprise, Ariz., to take on the Kansas City Royals. Hector Carrasco will make his third start of the spring as the team stretches him out in case he is needed for the rotation in early April. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.

LHP Joe Kennedy (0-0, 22.09) looks to reverse his spring fortunes on Monday when he takes the mound against the Seattle Mariners in Peoria at 1:05 p.m. PT. Kennedy has allowed a team-high nine earned runs in 3 2/3 innings over his previous two starts. Kennedy is a front-runner for the fifth spot in the A's rotation. Seattle sends RHP Felix Hernandez to the mound.

Jason Grey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.