- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - 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 Athletics 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.

C.J. looked great,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He worked ahead and it’s a great outing for him to get seven innings.”

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.

Angels second baseman Grant Green hit a two-run home run in the seventh and is batting .360 as he makes a final push for a big-league roster spot. Brennan Boesch also homered for the Angels.

Reliever Kevin Jepsen struck out the side with a walk in the ninth to close out the game.


ANGELS: Wilson threw 99 pitches in his start and heads back to California after posting a 1.88 earned run average in six starts.

ATHLETICS: Gray was going to start in a minor-league game until manager Bob Melvin saw the Angels’ backups-and-minor-leaguers lineup. Gray ended spring training with a 3.48 ERA in six starts. “Fun week,” he said of the next five days until the opener. “I’m ready.”


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 was the only one of the three to get a hit and 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.

Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill is competing for the major-league roster as a backup, and he might have helped his cause with a diving catch of sinking fly ball that turned out to be Burns’ sacrifice fly.

Matt Long also stated his case on defense. He sprinted in from deep right field into foul territory and slid near the A’s bullpen mound to catch a fly ball from Burns in the sixth. Long doubled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and is batting .426 in spring training.

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