PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Gomez led off the game with a home run, had three RBIs and made a sparkling catch in center field for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 9-9 tie with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

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Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs had a much bigger problem: He couldn’t find the ballpark. Jackson missed his spring training start Tuesday against the A’s when he drove to the wrong stadium. The 31-year-old veteran said he typed ”Oakland Athletics spring training complex” into the Google Maps app on his phone and it directed him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Too bad for Jackson, he didn’t realize Oakland no longer played there.

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — – Edwin Jackson might be thinking he wishes he never found his way to work. The Cubs right-hander was scratched from his start Tuesday when he went to the wrong ballpark, then gave up eight runs when he finally found the mound in Chicago’s 14-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jackson said he entered ‘Oakland Athletics spring training complex’ into his Google Maps app on his phone and it directed him to Phoenix Muni, which is across the street from the Phoenix Zoo. The A’s are now training at HoHoKam, the Cubs former spring training home.

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Matthew Pouliot looks at the best and worst value picks from the starting pitching ranks.

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Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Santana connected for his third spring homer in the third inning against Chris Bassitt. Lonnie Chisenhall went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs, and Michael Brantley had two hits. ”You don’t want the guys to play every day to start,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

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Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one of the 700,000 pitches and 130,000 batted balls in the major leagues each year, night after night after night. Hundreds and thousands of miles away, infielders shift from left to right and back on big league diamonds, swaying like metronomes marking time in a Beethoven symphony, moving to locations personalized for each batter. Players no longer are told to do everything the way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson did.

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Josh Satin bolstered his case for a spot on Cincinnati’s bench, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth and a game-ending RBI single in the Reds’ 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Mike Leake pitched five solid innings for Cincinnati, and Kristopher Negron had two hits. Tony Cingrani struck out three in two scoreless innings. Leake allowed his first run of the spring on Mark Canha’s RBI double in the fourth, but Ike Davis was thrown out at the plate on a nice relay by center fielder Skip Schumaker and shortstop Zack Cozart.

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Sam Fuld smiled, even with a bulge on the left side of his face, a day after he was hit by a thrown ball during the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. ”It could have been worse,” said Fuld, who took batting practice Saturday and is exploring the use of a protective device for the left side of his face. ”He looks like he has a chew in,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. CT scans at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center showed no signs of a fracture or concussion.

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jesse Hahn threw five shutout innings, Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 in spring training on Saturday.

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Clayton Kershaw broke a tooth when was hit in the face by a line drive in the third, then he finished a sharp five-inning outing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics in a game between split squads Friday. Andy Parrino’s soft liner struck Kershaw on the left side of his face. ”It was a cutter right on me,” A’s infielder Andy Parrino said. ”This early you never want this kind of thing to happen.” Kershaw fell in front of the mound then was examined by Dodgers trainer Stan Conte before throwing a warmup pitch.

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