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Brett Anderson ready for opening day after A's win

  • Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick makes a leaping catch in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brett Anderson is ready for the season to start.

Anderson, Oakland's opening-day pitcher, gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, and the Athletics went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

"Once I get this last start out of the way, it will hit me," Anderson said. "It's an honor to go out there and get that first start. It's going to be exciting."

Anderson missed most of last season for the Athletics recovery from elbow surgery but made it back for the playoffs. He pitched six scoreless innings against Detroit in the AL Division series.

"I threw some good fastballs and changes to get some ground balls. I'm ready to get up in the bigs with some humidity maybe the breaking ball will be better," Anderson said. "It was good to get my stamina built up."

Eric Sogard doubled home Michael Choice with the tying run in the fifth inning and then scored two outs later on Yoenis Cespedes' fourth home run of the spring to put the A's up 5-3.

Jose Ramirez had an RBI single in the ninth, advanced to third on Ryan Rohlinger's single to center and scored the tying run on Travis Blackley's wild pitch.

"We want to use Buckley for multiple innings," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It is something we are trying to make a decision on. Those are the situations you evaluate closely."

Blackley also pitched the 10th and picked up the win.

Daric Barton's two-out single in the top of the 10th put Oakland back ahead, and Nate Freiman scored two batters later on a bases-loaded walk to Luke Montz to increase the lead to 7-5.


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