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Infielder stars in 13-13 slugfest against Diamondbacks

  • Oakland Athletics' Eric Sogard moves back on a pop fly during an MLB spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX -- If there's anyone in A's camp who has done more to help his cause with less publicity than second baseman Eric Sogard, the name doesn't come readily to mind.

On a Friday when none of the A's did much damage, the left-handed-hitting Sogard hit an opposite-field double against the Diamondbacks in his only at-bat off the bench.

The second base candidate came back Saturday to get a start against the Angels and promptly pulled a double to right against Angels ace Jered Weaver. Sogard wound up with four at-bats, adding a second double, but was out of the game when the A's scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to force a 13-all tie.

Yes, it's been a good spring for Sogard, who in a crowded competition at second base has more than caught the eye of manager Bob Melvin.

"Sogard is right in there,'' Melvin said. "Maybe he hasn't read his name in the newspaper as much as he should have, but that's my fault. He's always been right in there. He's certainly made a case for himself.''

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