Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice and Mark Reynolds hit one to the deepest reaches of Progressive Field, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Tuesday.
After a wild 19-inning affair in the series opener, Garrett Richards opposes Jarrod Parker as the AL West rivals – Angels and Athletics – continue their three-game set Tuesday night in Oakland.
Jarrod Parker allowed six runs over 5 1-3 innings and is winless in five starts this season. He struck out five and walked three.
Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 Tuesday night in the majors’ final home opener.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff home run to the deepest part of center field in the second inning before Hisashi Iwakuma quickly regrouped to retire 15 of his final 16 hitters.
Jarrod Parker will face an easier mound opponent than he did in the postseason for the Oakland Athletics as he gets ready to also put some poor outings in spring training behind him.
Oakland first baseman Nate Freiman, claimed off waivers from Houston on Saturday, hit a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin to put the A’s ahead 6-5 with two outs in the fifth.
Jarrod Parker, who had struggled in his two previous starts, gave up two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out five in six innings.
If the A’s are going to make the playoffs again, it will be on the strength of their pitching. A.J. Griffin will be a big part of that.