MESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis tripled and doubled for the A’s and finished with three hits as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 6-4 on Monday.
Davis, acquired by Oakland from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade on Feb. 12, has been heating recently.
“He is swinging the bat well at the right time, as we get closer to the season,” manager Bob Melvin said of Davis, who raised his spring average to .304.
Yonder Alonso hit his first home run and singled for Oakland.
Melvin has not announced his starting rotation, but right-hander Jesse Hahn could be as high as No. 2 behind Sonny Gray.
Hahn, making his fifth start, has struggled in his last two outings, including Monday, when he gave up all six runs on 10 hits. He is attempting to bounce back after suffering a strained right forearm in mid-July that kept him out the rest of the season.
The Indians came up with one of the better defensive plays of the spring in the fifth inning.
After Alonso led off the inning with a single, Marcus Semien hit a sharp grounder that appeared destined for center field. Second baseman Michael Martinez backhanded the ball and flipped it to shortstop Jose Ramirez in the same motion. Ramirez caught the ball and fired to first for the double play.
Sonny Gray, who will make his third consecutive opening day start against the Chicago White Sox on April 4, will oppose 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday at Sloan Park in Mesa.