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Josh Donaldson snaps power drought in A's spring deadlock

PHOENIX — Josh Donaldson hit his first home run of the spring and the Oakland Athletics tied the Chicago White Sox 2-2 in a game stopped after nine innings Sunday.

Dan Straily and three Oakland relievers held the White Sox to three hits.

Straily went 3 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out two. He gave up two hits — one was Matt Davidson's deep fly to left that Yoenis Cespedes misjudged. Cespedes came in on the ball, but it landed well behind him and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.

Cespedes' woes weren't over. He struck out three times, and in the sixth he was charged with a three-base error for failing to catch Gordon Beckham's fly to the warning track in left-center. That led to Chicago's first run.

“The wind may have gotten it on the second one,” A's manager Bob Melvin said of Beckham's drive. “It looked like he located it, got back to the fence and I think it fooled him on how far it was going. It was traveling a little farther earlier in the game.”

As for the ball hit by Davidson, Melvin said, Cespedes “never saw it.”

Tommy Milone pitched four innings in relief for the A's and was charged with two unearned runs. He gave up just one hit and struck out two. He walked none, hit a batter with a pitch and committed a balk.

Brandon Moss, Stephen Vogt and Eric Sogard had two hits apiece for Oakland.

Straily was much happier with his second Cactus League outing.

In his first against Milwaukee on Tuesday, he walked two, gave up four hits and three runs. “I felt a lot more in control,” Straily said of his performance Sunday. “I was able to focus on what I needed to work on. Some of the stuff that doesn't show up in the box score — throwing the first-pitch curveball for a strike, getting the changeup in the zone, I was very unhappy with the last outing. I was able to fix in my side work and take into the game today.”

Milone gave up just one hit and struck out two, and was charged with the unearned runs. He walked none, hit one batter and committed a balk.



1B Daric Barton (mild hamstring strain) will miss several days. Melvin said the A's will take it easy with him early in the spring. , , , Melvin also said C Derek Norris (back spasms), OF Craig Gentry (back) and RHP Ryan Cook (shoulder inflammation) are making progress. Cook had a bullpen session Sunday. Melvin said Norris hopes to play Tuesday. . . . After the game, the A's reassigned five players to their minor-league camp, reducing the number in the major league camp to 50. The reassigned players were pitchers Andrew Werner, Jose Flores and Jeremy McBryde, and catchers Dusty Brown and Bruce Maxwell.

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