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Kazmir sharp in As win over Padres
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Scott Kazmir pitched four scoreless innings, Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat a San Diego Padres split squad 13-2 on Tuesday.

Odrisamer Despaigne, competing for a spot in the Padres’ starting rotation, allowed two runs on six hits over four innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Kazmir was sharp, allowing only a hit to Clint Barmes and striking out six, including four of the first five batters he faced.

“I’m not looking at the results as much as I’m looking for how batters react to my pitches,” Kazmir said. “At the same time, I’ll take that line all day long. I had good life on my fastball but I was not as accurate as I wanted.”

Coco Crisp returned to the lineup since an elbow injury and went 1 for 2 with a run and a walk. Brett Lawrie doubled twice and Sam Fuld tripled in a run.

Zobrist hit his first home run of the spring in the fifth to give the A’s a 5-0 advantage. He became the first A’s player to record at least one double, one triple and a home run. Matt Olson drove in the first two runs.



Collmenter, D-Backs top Bumgarner, Giants in opener preview

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Collmenter outpitched Madison Bumgarner in a preview of their opening-night matchup, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday.

Bumgarner, the reigning World Series MVP, and Collmenter are the scheduled starters when the Giants visit Arizona on April 6 to begin the regular season.

Bumgarner gave up one run and three hits in two innings, striking out three. He went to the bullpen after his outing for some additional pitches.

“We kept the same intensity down there. We weren’t just throwing like a bullpen. We were at game speed,” Bumgarner said.



Oakland A’s GM Beane joins Dutch soccer
 club as adviser

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar says it has hired the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane as an adviser.

Alkmaar says in a statement on its website that Beane will provide advice “in the areas of high performance and innovation”, with the aim of closing the gap on big-spending clubs in the Dutch league.

Alkmaar’s general director is Robert Eenhoorn, who played for the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels in the 1990s.

Eenhoorn says “I have known Billy for a while, because of my history in baseball” and that when Alkmaar approached Beane “he was immediately enthusiastic.”

Beane says that despite Alkmaar “being a great football club ... they face many of the challenges we have with the Oakland A’s.”

Alkmaar is 25 miles north of Amsterdam.