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Thursday 21st Sep 2017

I was at Camelback Ranch on Monday as the White Sox hosted the Oakland Athletics. Sadly Yoenis Cespedes was not in the Oakland lineup but they didn’t need him to take a big lead against Jake Peavy with one run in the first and five more in the third inning.

Peavy can say he “feels good out there” all he wants – he isn’t missing major league bats so far this spring.  Consecutive singles with one out in the third by Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Kurt Suzuki, and Brandon Allen followed by a walk to Eric Sogard got a relief pitcher summoned.

Jemile Weeks continues to be a great leadoff hitter for the A’s, leading off the game with a line drive double to right field and going 2-4 and scoring a run. We know the steals will come for Weeks the Younger, but so far in March he looks like he could hit .300+ in the leadoff role for Oakland.

Among other sure starters, Crisp was 2-3 with a walk and Suzuki was 3-4. The Athletics still have battles for the at bats at first base – Allen, Kila Ka'aihue, and Daric Barton; and third base which for now looks like a possible split between Sogard and Josh Donaldson with Donaldson having more power but less average while Sogard will get on base more.

For the Pale Hose, Alejandro De Aza 2012’s leadoff hitter and center fielder was 3-4 with a stolen base, a line his fantasy owners hope to see a lot this year. Brent Morel was only 1-4 on Monday but is hitting near .500 so far this spring although on the negative side (if there is one for a .500 hitter) only one of his hits has been for extra bases. Even Alex Rios was 2-2 with a walk.

I saw the White Sox at Salt River Fields on Sunday against the Rockies and two old guys stood out – Jamie Moyer went three innings giving up only three hits and one run in getting the win and the other elder statesman, Jason Giambi was 2-2 with a walk.

ETA – a few things from action on Wednesday

Rangers’ outfielder Craig Gentry may have lost his bid for the starting CF job when he sprained his wrist in trying to make a diving catch against the Indians. We’ll see how long he is out. Julio Borbon has been very impressive in the spring and a long delay for Gentry could put him in the opening day lineup.

Rays phenom Matt Moore pitched an inning and 2/3, striking out four of the six Oriole batters he faced.

David Freese, playoff and World Series hero for the Cardinals hit his second spring home run. The key for Freese is just staying in the lineup enough so his fantasy owners don’t have to use the sub they must have if they draft him as a starting third baseman.

Zack Greinke and Dan Haren were excellent in their latest starts.  Haren in particular was nearly perfect, giving up only one single and no walks while striking out seven in three innings. The next earned run he gives up in spring training this month will be his first.

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