MESA, Ariz. – Announced as Oakland’s Opening Day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in the Athletics’ 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
Anderson struck out one and walked none in his first outing of spring training.
In his first appearance for the Cubs after leaving Texas as a free agent, Scott Feldman gave up one run and two hits in two innings with two strikeouts and two walks in the Cubs’ 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
“It got the butterflies going again and it was nice to get that one out of the way,” Feldman said. “For the most part, I was executing my pitches fairly well. For the first time out it was fine.”
Derek Norris hit a fourth-inning home run off Travis Wood, his second home run of spring training.
Darnell McDonald had two hits for the Cubs, including an RBI double in the fifth against Jordan Norberto. Cuban prospect Jorge Soler had a single and showed off his arm when he threw out the A’s Josh Reddick at third base from right field in the first inning.
“That was about as good of throw as you can make,” Feldman said. “I think Reddick kind of had a look of shock on his face.”
Notes: Cubs RHP Matt Garza (lat muscle) threw for 15 minutes from up to 60 feet. Today is expected to be a day off before he throws again Saturday. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro said he was fine Thursday, but he is expected to miss two to three games after feeling tightness in his left hamstring in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game.