Crisp gets two hits in A’s win
PHOENIX (AP) – Coco Crisp’s debut with Oakland gave manager Bob Geren an interesting dilemma at the top of the batting order.
Crisp doubled and singled, Steve Tolleson drove in the go-ahead run and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Saturday.
“That was a real nice first game,” Geren said of Crisp. “He showed power off the bat and he ran well. He’s going to be an exciting player for us.”
Crisp, who signed as a free agent, and Rajai Davis are both being considered for the top spot.
Davis will be used in left field while Crisp, who may not be ready to play outfield when the season starts, takes over in center.
Greg Gross and Landon Powell also drove in runs for the A’s, who won their second straight.
Erick Aybar and Michael Ryan drove in runs for the Angels, who remain winless in three games.
Angels’ starter Jered Weaver allowed two runs on three hits in his 1 2-3 innings.
“I came out healthy and that’s all that really matters right now,” Weaver said.
“Everything felt good, felt strong and everything else will come along after that. I was just trying to go out there and feel the rhythm of the game again, get back in tune with runners getting on base and having an umpire back there and all that kind of stuff.”
A’s starter Dallas Braden allowed a run on two hits in two innings.