Final

Brewers 1

(13-16, 6-9 away)

Athletics 6

(14-16, 10-6 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    MIL 100000000 1 - -
    OAK 02002200 - 6 - -

    Oakland 6, Milwaukee 1

    PHOENIX (AP) -- It's never good when two players get plunked on getaway day.

    Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby left the Athletics' 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth inning with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Gary Glover.

    Then in the seventh, A's outfielder Hiram Bocachica left the game after he was hit by a pitch on the right wrist by Matt Wise. Both players will have X-rays Thursday back in the Bay Area.

    "Right now they both have bruises," trainer Larry Davis said. "There's not a lot of flesh between the ball and the bone, so it's always a concern."

    Crosby, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, grimaced and jumped back afterward, then slowly made his way to first base. Manager Ken Macha and a trainer hustled out to check on him, and Crosby was lifted for pinch-runner Marco Scutaro.

    "I can move my fingers and arm around," Crosby said. "I'm just hoping it's not broken. Until I get X-rays that are negative, I'm not too pleased. It's pretty sensitive to the touch."

    Macha said he didn't want to speculate on the severity of the injuries.

    "Let's not jump to conclusions," Macha said. "Let's wait and see. Injuries are part of the game."

    A's ace Barry Zito says his stuff is crisp, and he's ready to find the form that earned him the AL Cy Young Award in 2002. He certainly appears well on his way.

    Zito allowed seven hits and one run, struck out four and walked one as the A's capped their Cactus League schedule with their second straight decisive win.

    The team returned home to California to play three exhibition games against the San Francisco Giants before opening in Baltimore on Monday.

    "Whenever I can throw all three pitches for strikes and come in consistently, that's my game," Zito said.

    Erubiel Durazo hit his third homer of the spring and Mark Kotsay had a triple and double for the A's, determined to start strong this season despite lower expectations around the league following the departures of aces Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder in a three-day span in December.

    After the game, Oakland's players learned that baseball's owners unanimously approved the sale of the team to Los Angeles real estate developer Lewis Wolff.

    Brady Clark, Lyle Overbay and Pat Borders all had two hits for Milwaukee. Overbay has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.

    Game notes


    The A's might not have a regular at second base for a while. Macha is going to play both Mark Ellis and Keith Ginter early in the season to see who emerges as the No. 1 guy. ... Brewers RHP Ben Sheets and RHP Mike Adams pitched in Maryvale for Triple-A Nashville against Fresno, San Francisco's Triple-A team. ... Milwaukee optioned OF Dave Krynzel and RHP Justin Lehr to Triple-A Nashville and also reassigned RHP Julio Santana to minor league camp. ... Oakland's Justin Duchscherer, Ricardo Rincon and Keiichi Yabu pitched in a minor league game. ... The A's optioned LHP Dan Meyer to Triple-A Sacramento and reassigned C Jeremy Brown to minor league camp.

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