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.
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.Less