A’s say farewell to Phoenix with 6-2 loss

C.J. Wilson and Sonny Gray allowed a run each in their final spring training starts in the Los Angeles Angels’ 6-2 win over the Oakland A’s on Wednesday.

Wilson, slated to start the second regular-season game for the Angels, allowed an unearned run on four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two in his final tuneup.

Gray, set to be the A’s Opening Day starter, allowed a run on one hit with a walk and strikeout in five innings.

“The most important thing is to continue with the routine that I’ve done all spring training and I feel really good, especially the last two or three times out,” Gray said.

The A’s played their final spring training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Wednesday and will move to Hohokam Stadium in nearby Mesa, Ariz., for at least the next 20 years starting next spring. Oakland was in Phoenix from 1982 to this year.

“It was a great spot for us, but now we’re going to a place that’s going to have better upgrades for us, especially inside, which is what we need,” Melvin said.

ROSTER BATTLES

The A’s Billy Burns is trying to win a roster spot as a reserve outfielder, with his top competition Sam Fuld and Michael Taylor also in the outfield with him on Wednesday. Burns led the A’s in hits with 22 this spring (.310 average).

All four catchers currently on the Oakland roster got into Wednesday’s game. Jaso was the starter and Derek Norris opened at designated hitter. Chris Gimenez replaced Jaso and Stephen Vogt came on as the new DH in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

ANGELS: Pitcher Dane De La Rosa will start the season on the disabled list due to a forearm injury, but will throw in a minor-league game on Thursday.

A’S: Outfielder Craig Gentry went 2-for-6 in a minor-league game Tuesday as he returns from a back injury. He’ll play again Thursday. Infielder Nick Punto is out until Friday with a hamstring injury.

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A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir is scheduled to face the Giants in the opener of a three-game exhibition series today. On Opening Day, Rickey Henderson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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By Al Saracevic