Marcus Semien went 0-for-1 in Wednesday's 4-1 Cactus League victory over the Angels.
The Athletics will break camp and head back to California to wrap up spring training with three exhibition games against the Giants. Semien had a white-hot start to the spring, but leaves Arizona with only one hit in his last four games. Overall, he's batting .281 (16-for-57).
C.J. Cron went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Wednesday versus the Athletics.
Cron got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI double off of Jesse Chavez. His afternoon performance brought his Cactus League average up to .415 (27-for-65). Of his 27 hits, 15 of them have gone for extra bases. As long as Josh Hamilton is out, Cron should see regular at-bats in the DH slot for the Angels. His power will give him mixed league appeal.
Mark Canha went 2-for-2 with a double and a solo home run in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Angels.
That's homer number six on the spring for Canha, who went yard off of Drew Rucinski in the fourth inning. With spring training nearly over, the Athletics' Rule 5 Draft pick hit his way onto the 25-man roster. He's batting .296 (21-for-71) with six home runs and 13 RBI. During the regular season, though, Canha's opportunities will be limited as long as Billy Butler and Ike Davis are healthy.
Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel will open the 2015 season at Double-A Corpus Christi.
That's where he ended the 2014 season (with a 3.69 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 39 innings). Appel should make his major league debut at some point in 2015. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft and experienced some early-career struggles, but the 23-year-old right-hander is trending in the right direction now.
Jesse Chavez allowed just one unearned run over six innings of work in Wednesday's start against the Angels.
Chavez gave up only three hits and a walk while striking out six. He ends his spring having allowed eight earned runs over 22 innings (3.27 ERA) with an 18/5 K/BB ratio. As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, despite Chavez's productive Cactus League showing, he is headed to the bullpen. He hasn't yet been informed yet but said "the writing's on the wall".
Edwin Encarnacion homered in a second straight game Wednesday as the Blue Jays topped a Red Sox split-squad 9-7.
Encarnacion crushed one off Steven Wright today. He also walked. It seems as though he's found his swing after missing a couple of weeks due to back soreness.
Pitching on three days' rest, Steven Wright gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Of course, pitching on three days' rest shouldn't be too much trouble for a knuckleballer. Wright, though, has been ineffective in back-to-back outings, leading to some doubt over whether he'll be Boston's fifth starter if Joe Kelly lands on the disabled list. Kelly is on the road back anyway, so the Red Sox might need an extra starter just once.
Allen Craig was credited with an inside-the-park homer against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
It was a well-hit ball, but one that would have been a double had Jose Bautista not fallen down. Craig hasn't really torn it up with a .250 average, two homers and two doubles in 48 at-bats this spring, but he's definitely looked better than he did last year. Ideally, the Red Sox would work out a trade with a team that could play him regularly, but that he's owed $21 million between 2016 and 2017 complicates matters.