Posted February 27, 2013 on AP on Fox
Dan Straily made his major league debut before making his Cactus League debut. In Oakland's case, that's not unusual. Jemile Weeks hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, Seth Smith later homered and the Athletics beat a split squad of San Diego Padres 11-6 on Wednesday. Weeks, Smith and Jed Lowrie each had two hits and drove in two runs. Smith homered in the second as Oakland took a 7-2 lead. Straily, who had never pitched higher than Single-A until last year, allowed two runs on two hits in 1 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out one in his first big league spring appearance. ''There are quite a few guys like that,'' Straily said. ''I talked to a few guys about that. There's no timidness here. We're part of the team and we came ready to work.'' Straily ended last season in the Athletics'' starting rotation, helping them win the AL West along with fellow rookies A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker. Straily did not pitch during the AL division series but both ...
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