PHOENIX (AP) - Even in the spring, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang appreciates a quick out.
``I'd like to thank that guy for swinging at the first pitch,' said Harang, who allowed two runs in the Dodgers' 3-3, nine-inning tie against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. ``One pitch, fly ball to left, always makes things a lot easier.'
After getting two outs, Harang gave up a two-run double to Josh Reddick that scored Kurt Suzuki and Chris Carter. He then retired the final four batters he faced.
``If you look at my track record it's pretty much the same thing,' said Harang, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with Los Angeles after going 14-7 and posting a career-low 3.64 ERA last year for San Diego. ``I'm not concerned about it.'
Harang has been limited slightly this spring, at least in non-pitching activities, with soreness in his right foot unrelated to the injury he had in the same foot a year ago.
``Physically I felt fine,' Harang said. ``Sometimes you get those days where you feel really sharp in the pen and then you get out there and everything's staying over the middle of the plate. But everything felt nice and easy.'
Right-hander Tyson Ross, yet another of Oakland's young, largely unproven arms, had few such issues during his three-inning stint.
Ross, who was 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA in nine games and six starts for the A's last season, allowed just one hit and walked one while striking out two in his second start of the spring.
``It was good to see him respond, give us three innings and do some good things,' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ``His velocity looked to be better.'
NOTES: Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes went 4 for 5 with a home run in a simulated game earlier Wednesday. Melvin said Cespedes could be in the A's lineup as early as this weekend. . A's 1B Brandon Allen, who entered the game leading the majors with eight RBIs, went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. . Dodgers non-roster OF Cory Sullivan had three of Los Angeles' four hits. . Los Angeles scored two runs without a hit in the fourth on four walks and two RBI groundouts. . The Dodgers were playing their first game away from their Camelback Ranch home. . Oakland DH Manny Ramirez was scratched 20 minutes before the first pitch with stiffness in his back experienced while getting some extra at_bats in a simulated game. Ramirez, who is hitless in his first five at_bats and has hit only one ball out of the infield, also will take Thursday off before returning to the lineup on Friday. ... Carter took Ramirez's place and went 1 for 4. . Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon was given the day off after starting the past two days.
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