A’s spring error issues persist against Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Adrian Beltre hit his first spring homer and drove in four runs to help the Texas Rangers beat the sloppy Oakland Athletics 14-5 on Saturday.

The A’s committed five more errors, running their spring total to 20. Oakland pitchers issued eight walks, bringing their Cactus League-leading total to 53, and hit two batters.

Beltre singled home Ian Desmond in the first and hit a three-run homer in a six-run fourth when the Rangers sent 10 men to the plate.

Beltre, who turns 37 next month and is eligible for free agency after the season, is 6 for 12 with six RBIs in six spring games.

“I’ve been a free agent three times already, nothing new,” Beltre said. “My job is to be here and do what I do. Whatever happens is going to happen. I’m happy playing this year and becoming a free agent. My concentration is to help my teammates do what we need to do, which is win the World Series.”

Stephen Vogt hit his Cactus League-leading third homer in the first inning off Rangers right-hander Phil Klein. Chad Pinder also homered for Oakland.

Klein was removed after 58 pitches and 2 2-3 innings, allowing two unearned runs and two hits.

“I just threw too many pitches to each batter and the pitch count got a little high,” Klein said. “If I got behind, I’d come back. If I got ahead, I’d waste a couple of pitches, trying to nibble too much.”

Kendall Graveman threw only 19 strikes in 40 pitches the first two innings, but 10 strikes in 17 pitches in a flawless third, striking out two.

“I was a little bit out of rhythm that first inning,” Graveman said. “In the third inning I found some rhythm. That’s what you’re looking for this time of year, is a release point and how to make pitches. Getting ahead in the last inning was really big for me.”


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