- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray is headed to the Oakland Athletics’ rotation this year.

But the 24-year-old right-hander struggled on Thursday.

Gray got knocked around for four runs and five hits in one inning in an 8-8 tie between the A’s and Arizona Diamondbacks in 10 innings.

He didn’t allow a run in his first spring training start after going 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA as a rookie in 2013.

“As good as my changeup was last week, it was hit or miss. It was up and it got hit pretty hard today,” Gray said. “It’s just something that’s going to take a little more work. I felt really, really good so I’m happy with that.”

Gray said he needs to get back to trying to get hitters out instead of experimenting with pitches.

“It’s just been pitch selection. I have to learn to get guys out with limited stuff,” Gray said.

Gray was asked if he was accomplished enough to be able to work on things instead of focusing on stats in spring training.

“Ten (big league) starts, I don’t know how accomplished that is,” he said.

Brandon Moss and Sam Fuld hit home runs for the A’s, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill got through three innings, but gave up six runs and eight hits. He struck out four.

Martin Prado continued his hot start to spring training for Arizona with a two-run double, and is 11 for 18 in six games.

The Diamondbacks scored four runs in the first inning and three in the bottom of the eighth to rally for the tie.

Gerardo Parra went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a stolen base.


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