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Spring training: Oakland 7, Dodgers 4

Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford each hit a home run, but Josh Beckett is roughed up by the Athletics.

March 24, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier watches the flight of his two-run home run against the A's on Sunday.
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier watches the flight of his two-run home… (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…)

Oakland 7, Dodgers 4

AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the spring, as did Carl Crawford. Crawford's home run was his first since Aug. 3. Perhaps more encouraging was that Crawford played left field for the second consecutive day and had three balls hit to him. "The good thing for us is he made three throws," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Crawford, who is recovering from elbow surgery, is scheduled to play left field Monday.

ON THE MOUND: Josh Beckett had given up only one run in 91/3 innings. His run of solid performances came to an abrupt halt, as the Athletics pounded him for seven runs and six hits over four innings. He gave up two home runs, both on pitches he described as "right down the middle." Said Beckett: "When they throw batting practice, that's where they throw them." Beckett, who is in line to pitch the Dodgers' third game of the regular season, is recovering from flu. "I just felt like I didn't have that extra gear," he said.

EXTRA BASES: Yasiel Puig was hitless in two at-bats, dropping his average to .527. The last time the 22-year-old prospect made more than one out in a game was March 16.

UP NEXT: vs. Kansas City on Monday at 6 p.m. at Surprise Stadium. On the air: none.

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