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