- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

TEMPE, ARIZ. (AP) - Nomar Garciaparra had two hits and scored a run in his debut for the Oakland Athletics, an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., who had offseason surgery on his left knee, also played for the first time this spring. He grounded out to second in his only at-bat.

Garciaparra signed with the Athletics on March 6 after batting .264 with eight homers in 163 at-bats for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He went 2-for-3 with a double, but was low-key about the results.

Angels starter Jered Weaver gave up a run and four hits in 1 2-3 innings and has allowed eight hits and two runs in 2 1-3 innings over two outings this spring. Weaver had been held back due to stiffness in his shoulder.

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