Clayton Kershaw allowed just an unearned run in three innings of work Wednesday facing the Royals.
Kershaw only lasted three innings simply to get a bit of work in ahead of the start of the regular season. He gave up only one hit, walked two, and struck out two. In Cactus League play, Kershaw yielded four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings (1.61 ERA) on 15 hits and six walks while striking out 22. The dominating lefty will square off against James Shields of the Padres on Opening Day on Monday.
Yordano Ventura allowed two runs (one earned) over four innings in his final start of the spring Wednesday versus the Dodgers.
He yielded four hits and a walk while striking out three. Ventura ends his spring having allowed nine earned runs in 18 innings (4.50 ERA) on 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 14. Ventura will start on Opening Day for the Royals against the White Sox.
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.