User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Dodgers 4, Athletics 7
Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Date: March 24, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
  

PHOENIX (AP) - Sunday was a day of mixed emotions for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

On the bright side, Carl Crawford had two hits on Sunday, including a solo home run, in his second start in left field after missing most of 2012 following surgery on his (left) throwing elbow. He also made a handful of solid throws from the outfield.

Advertisement

On a less promising note, starter Josh Beckett gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings of Los Angeles' 7-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Beckett had strong efforts in his three previous spring starts, but the right-hander couldn't get many of his pitches to work this time around.

``He couldn't get the breaking ball over. That's a big weapon for him,' Mattingly said. ``It slows guys down. The fastball, slider and cutter are all on the same plane, and this one really isn't.'

Mattingly had played catch with Crawford about 10 days ago and could sense he was close to being ready to play in the field.

``The ball had carry on it. It carried through me. I knew he was going to be fine. Today there were a couple of throws (that Crawford could have rushed), but he didn't get into a hurry. If you didn't know (about the surgery), you wouldn't know anything by his throws.'

Crawford began last season with Boston, playing in 31 games before having surgery. He came to the Dodgers in a trade with Beckett.

Right fielder Andre Either hit his first homer of the spring off Griffin in the first inning, but the A's countered with a two-run homer by Jed Lowrie, who is looking more and more like he will start somewhere in manager Bob Melvin's infield on opening day.

Crawford connected off Oakland right-hander A.J. Griffin in the third inning, but the floodgates opened on Beckett in the bottom half.

Oakland scored five times on four hits, including a two-run homer by catcher Derek Norris, his fifth of the spring. Norris is expected to split time with John Jaso this season.

Griffin, who rose from Double-A Midland to win seven games in 15 starts last season for the A's, said he is making progress after giving up four runs on five hits, walking one and striking out eight in 4 2-3 innings.

Someone pointed out that Crawford's homer might have stayed in the park had it not been for the dry, desert air.

``You can't really use that as an excuse,' Griffin said. ``There are going to be other places we play where the ball carries.'

He said the pitch to Crawford ``was a poorly executed curveball. I should have `dirted' it ... what it all comes down to at the end of the day is that you have to keep the ball down.'

NOTES: The A's optioned middle INF Jemile Weeks and OF Shane Peterson to Triple-A Sacramento after the game. The move eases a logjam in the middle a bit. Weeks never was quite able to return to form after bruising his right shoulder early in camp. ... Oakland closer Grant Balfour made his second appearance of the spring, pitching another scoreless inning with a strikeout. ... A's pitchers have walked 72 batters, putting them among the major league leaders for fewest free passes. ... The Dodgers released RHP Mark Lowe before the game and now have 38 players remaining in big league camp. ... LA rookie OF Yasiel Puig, among the major league leaders in a handful of offensive categories, had his hitting streak end at seven games with a 0-for-2 outing, dropping his average to .527.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAD  +100   -176    
 OAK  -120   +154   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAD  +100       
 OAK  -120      
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAD  n/a   n/a   n/a 
 OAK  n/a   n/a   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB RECAPS
 Sunday, Mar 24
 
    Rays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Twins
1:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
1:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Phillies
1:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Astros
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Pirates
1:05 PM EDT
    Royals at White Sox
4:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Indians
4:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Angels
4:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Rangers
4:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!