Texas Rangers 2 at Oakland Athletics 2, in 9 innings
Phoenix, AZ – After a 34 min rain delay, Cactus League play between the Athletics and Mariners began Saturday. With Sonny Gray on the mound for Oakland and Martin Perez set to pitch for the Rangers the A’s struck first against Perez. Perez gave up one run, one hit, two walks and had one strikeout in 2 innings of work.. The the A’s only run, until the bottom of the 9th, came on a single by designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes. Gray, who also worked two innings, gave up two hits, two walks and struck out two.
The Rangers 2 runs were driven in by Jurickson Profar and Jared Hoying in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the 9th A’s prospect outfielder Billy Burns, acquired this off-season in a trade with the Washington Nationals, scored on an infield error. Burns, who was a late substitute for Coco Crisp, had two hits, two stolen bases and two outfield assists. He threw out Engel Beltre at third to stop a Texas rally in the first and threw out Hoying at the plate to keep the score from being 3-2.
The game, which could have gone ten innings, was ended in a tie due to the weather.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 at Seattle Mariners 5
Houston Astros 1 at Detroit Tigers 5
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