Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a run scored as the White Sox fell to the Athletics 10-4 on Saturday.
Humorously enough, the 2-for-5 performance actually lowered Abreu's spring average to .479 (23-for-48), which shows just how well he's hit in the Cactus League. Both hits were singles, which has been emblematic of his spring -- 19 of his 23 hits are singles -- but the power should reveal itself on a frequent basis during the regular season. Abreu belted 36 home runs and knocked in 107 runs en route to winning the AL Rookie of the Year award last year.
Kris Bryant continued his assault on Cactus League pitching Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Rockies.
Bryant doubled in the first inning and later added three singles. The third baseman now has 17 hits in 37 at-bats (.459) during spring. He's clearly not ready to be a productive hitter at the major league level, though, and is still ticketed for Triple-A Iowa to start the year.
Matt McBride hit a solo home run, his second of the spring, in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.
McBride hit the shot off Cubs reliever Jason Marquis. The outfielder now has two homers and seven RBI in Cactus League play, batting .262 in 42 at-bats. He may still get sent out when the Rockies cut their roster down, but he hasn't hurt his cause with his showing this spring.
Jake Arrieta threw four scoreless innings, striking out five, in a win over the Rockies Saturday.
Arrieta gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter in the outing. He also did damage at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Arrieta's spring ERA is 3.86 and he's struck out 15 batters in 14 innings. He's no longer the Cubs' ace with Jon Lester in town, but Arrieta is still one of the best starters in the National League as 2015 begins.
Jon Gray allowed seven runs -- six earned -- while recording just two outs in a loss to the Cubs in Cactus League play Saturday.
Gray actually had a decent beginning, with Anthony Rizzo reaching on an error and Matt Szczur striking out, but things fell apart after a Kris Bryant double. The big blow was a three-run homer from Jake Arrieta, the Cubs' starting pitcher. It was definitely a setback, but the final line looked worse than the outing actually was. Still, the rough showing may deter the Rockies from taking Gray north as a member of their starting rotation next week.
Jose Quintana pitched well on Saturday, limiting the Athletics to two runs (one earned) over six innings.
A throwing error by second baseman Emilio Bonifacio helped the Athletics score twice in the first inning. Quintana settled down from there, allowing six hits overall while walking none and striking out five. He looks ready for the regular season, owning a 2.91 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings in the Cactus League.
Scott Kazmir was terrific in Saturday's start against the White Sox, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Kazmir relented only two hits and two walks while striking out four in the outing. He's been nearly unhittable in three starts spanning 12 innings so far this spring, yielding just one run on six hits and four walks with 14 strikeouts. The lefty delivered for the A's last season, finishing with a 3.55 ERA in 190 1/3 innings and could have significant fantasy value if he can repeat the performance this year.
Jarrod Parker (elbow) threw 20 pitches, hitting 92 miles per hour, in a simulated game Saturday.
Parker and Athletics manager Bob Melvin seemed very pleased with the outing. Parker is aiming for a mid-season return from Tommy John surgery.