A’s beat Cubs after Kazmir scratched from start

AP Photo/Jeff ChiuOakland Athletics left fielder Brandon Moss (37) cannot catch a double hit by Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland

PHOENIX — The A's scratched left-hander Scott Kazmir from their spring game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday due to left triceps stiffness.

Brandon Moss and Nick Punto then had two hits apiece as Oakland went on to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs' split-squad.

Kazmir's injury isn't believed to be serious, but he did see an orthopedist. Manager Bob Melvin said he will wait to see how Kazmir looks Tuesday before deciding when he'll pitch again.

It was part of a difficult day for Oakland, which lost pitcher Jarrod Parker for the season.

Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald threw two pitches and had to leave with right shoulder soreness. McDonald's second pitch to Coco Crisp sailed over Crisp's head to the backstop, prompting a visit from manager Rick Renteria and a trainer.

Joe Savery, who had made five relief appearances without a start this spring, took Kazmir's place and shut out the Cubs on two hits in two innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Melvin said Savery is in the mix to make the major league club as a reliever.

Savery said he hadn't started a game since 2010 at the Triple-A level.

“I think my slider's probably as good as it's ever been,” he said. “I can tell by the swings, by the takes. It's been a very different reaction from the hitters this year.”

Moss scored two runs against the Cubs, and Punto had two RBIs.

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