Posted March 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
Even after a big game in spring training, Brandon Allen knows he still has work to do. If he wants to stick in the majors, he needs to be more consistent. ''I want to smooth some things out,'' Allen said Sunday after what he called the best Cactus League game of his career. Allen belted a grand slam and drove in seven runs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cubs 12-10 to spoil Chicago's spring training opener. A's manager Bob Melvin knows exactly what the team wants to see out of Allen. ''Stay away from deeper slumps,'' Melvin said. ''We want to see him more consistent at the plate.'' None of Allen's damage came against Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez. He pitched two perfect innings, striking out two. ''I want to do my job and make the team,'' said Lopez, who went 6-6 with a 4.42 ERA for the Cubs last season. ''Playing at Wrigley, it doesn't have any match in baseball.'' New manager Dale Sveum was happy with Lopez's outing. ''He looked great,'' Sveum said. ''The guy is smart. He...
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