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Late Comeback Falls Short Sacramento River Cats Drop The Final Game In The Series To Memphis Redbirds 5-4

May 24, 2015 4:03 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats dropped their final game of the series to the Memphis Redbirds by a score of 5-4. Sacramento made a late comeback push, but came up short on Sunday afternoon as they suffered their first home sweep of 2015.

The River Cats were down 5-1 in the 8th when Juan Ciriaco led off the inning with a single. Juan Perez reached on a Redbirds error before Brett Jackson hit his third home run of the season out to the grassy berm in right field, cutting the Memphis lead to one. The River Cats had two more hits in the inning, both singles from Darren Ford and Adam Duvall, but were unable to score again.

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Duvall extended his hitting streak to eight games with his 8th inning single. His longest hitting streak this season is 11 games, spanning from 4/11 to 4/21. The River Cats as a team have had four players with a hit-streak of eight games or more.

Memphis got on the board first for the third game in a row, jumping out ahead to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. The Redbirds strung together a number of bloop base hits and drew two walks in the inning. They added another in the 5th on an RBI-double from Xavier Scruggs.

Sacramento’s offense got off to a slow start, scoring their first run in the 7th on a Carlos Triunfel sacrifice fly. Jackson’s three-run homer in the 8th kept the River Cats in the game, but on its own wasn’t enough for Sacramento.

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Left-hander Ty Blach started for Sacramento, pitching six innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Blach wasn’t his usual self on the mound, walking three and hitting his first batter of the season. With the loss, he falls to 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA. Zach Petrick picked up his third win for the Redbirds, while Tyler Waldron recorded his first save of the season.

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Tomorrow’s game will bring longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland back to Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) to the mound in tomorrow’s series opener. The Sounds will counter with lefty Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT.

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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com

Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Shuts Down River Cats At Raley Field; Sacramento Falls 3-0

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the Sacramento River Cats and their fans welcomed veteran left-hander Barry Zito back to Raley Field, his first visit since pitching here in 2000. Tonight, the River Cats were stumped as he took the mound, falling 3-0 and getting shut out by the Nashville Sounds for the second game in a row.

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Zito (2-4, 4.72) successfully kept the River Cats’ hitters off balance through the first six innings. He held Sacramento scoreless while allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his second win of the season.

Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) took the mound for Sacramento and struggled early, walking 4 in the first two innings. Despite not having command of all of his pitches, Coello battled all night and only gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches – 57 for strikes – through 5 innings in the loss.

The Sounds took advantage of the free baserunners, especially in the second. Nashville drew back-to-back walks to open the inning and, after the runners moved up on a groundout, Anothony Aliotti singled both runners home. That would be all Coello would allow, however, as he held the Sounds scoreless after that. For Nashville, Aliotti ended his night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The Sounds scored their third run on a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The River Cats struggled to generate any kind of threat, putting just five runners in scoring position in the game. Juan Perez hit a double in the fourth on some smart and aggressive base running. With a creative slide and a hop, he evaded the tag and landed safely on second. The River Cats put another runner in scoring position in the eighth with back-to-back singles by Casey McGehee and Ehire Adrianza. McGehee was 1-for-4 in his River Cats debut and made an excellent leaping play at third base to snag a line drive.

Sacramento started to put something together in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrett Parker double and a John Bowker walk, but both runners were still standing on the bases when the last out was made. Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez picked up his first save of the season.

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San Francisco’s right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) will make his second rehab start tomorrow night for Sacramento. The Cy Young winner and World Series Champ is returning from a back injury and pitched last week for Class-A Advanced San Jose, throwing three scoreless innings. Taking the mound opposite of Peavy will be Nashville’s Zach Neal (2-0, 1.69). Tomorrow night is also the River Cats’ Pitch Perfect 2 and SacramenTONES specialty jerseys night. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit the River Cats Foundation. First pitch is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats

Oakland A’s Affiliate Nashville Sounds Return to Raley Field

Back-To-Back Starts By Cy Young Winners Zito and Jake Peavy

Longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland returns to West Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds (16-27, 4th American Southern). Before affiliating with the Sounds, the A’s had been the Triple-A affiliate of the Sacramento River Cats (21-23, 2nd Pacific Northern) for 15 seasons. They were also affiliated with the River Cats for a season when the team was in Vancouver as the Canadians before moving to Sacramento. The four game series between the River Cats and the Sounds starts on Monday, May 25, and is the only time the two teams will face each other in 2015.

Scouting the Sounds

The Sounds are coming off a losing series with Fresno as they make their first trip to Sacramento since 2012. Over their last ten games, they are 3-7. Nashville has struggled away from their home park – the new First Tennessee Park – going just 7-16 in 23 games. Recently, they have been playing better and as a team they are hitting .279 on the road, while the pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70.

Your River Cats

The River Cats are 4-6 over their last ten games coming into Monday’s series opener with the Sounds. Sacramento is coming off a series loss to the Memphis Redbirds in which they outhit the ‘Birds 38 to 34 but were outscored 23 to 16. The River Cats pitching staff will look to continue to post strong numbers at home, where they own a 3.18 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Overall, the River Cats are 12-12 at home so far this season.

Players to Watch

Nashville comes into Sacramento with a number of familiar faces on their roster, including Anthony Aliotti and Alden Carrithers, among others. Aliotti is hitting .270 for the season but has been hot lately, going 12-for-40 (.300) with a .378 OBP over his last 11 games. Nashville also brings the veteran left-hander and former River Cats star Barry Zito into town with them. Zito is in his 16th season of professional baseball. The lefty was named to the All-Star team three times and won the 2002 AL Cy Young award while with the Oakland A’s. More recently, Zito is a two-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants (’10 and ’12).

For the River Cats, shortstop Ehire Adrianza has been on fire over the last week. Adrianza is coming off a nine-game hit streak, the second longest for the River Cats this season (Adam Duvall holds the team-high, an 11-game streak). During that nine-game stretch, the hot-hitting shortstop was 15-for-33 (.455) with 4 doubles, 6 runs, and 3 RBIs. San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy is also expected to make a rehab start with the River Cats on Wednesday night. He was a pivotal member in the Giants’ push toward the postseason in 2014, going 6-3 in August and September with a 1.98 ERA. Like Zito, Peavy is also a three-time All-Star and a Cy Young Winner, taking home the NL award in 2007.

Matchup History

This series between the Sacramento River Cats and the Nashville Sounds will be the 18th all-time. The River Cats hold a commanding lead over the Sounds, having taken 49 of 68 games. This is Nashville’s first trip to Raley Field since August 5 – 8, 2012. The River Cats have made two trips to Nashville – once in 2013 and again in 2014 – since then. Last season, the River Cats took three of four in Nashville, scoring 32 runs in the four games.

Probable Pitchers

Monday, May 25 (1:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) vs. LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04)
Tuesday, May 26 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) vs. LHP Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29)
Wednesday, May 27 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) vs. RHP Zach Neal (2-1, 1.69)
Thursday, May 28 (12:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) vs. LHP Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91)

Sacramento River Cats Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Lose To Memphis Redbirds 6-4

May 23, 2015 10:48 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A ninth-inning rally fell short for Sacramento in their 6-4 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. The River Cats outhit the Redbirds 12 to 7 on the night, three of which belonged to shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who also extended his hit streak to nine games.

Memphis jumped ahead early for the second night in a row, taking a 1-0 lead on shortstop Greg Gacria’s RBI-single. River Cats starter Austin Fleet settled in nicely after the first inning, retiring 10 in a row from the second into the fifth. Memphis however, finally got to the right-hander with three singles and a walk, scoring twice. Fleet was replaced by reliever Curtis Partch, who helped the Redbirds extend their lead by walking in a run before getting out of the inning. Memphis led 4-0 through four and a half innings.

The River Cats countered in their half of the inning, stringing together four two-out singles and scoring four runs of their own to even the score at four. Adam Duvall, Juan Perez, Jarrett Parker, and Trevor Brown all collected an RBI in the inning.

Ehire Adrianza also singled in the inning, his third of the night, before scoring on Perez’s base hit to deep shortstop. With the three hits, Adrianza extended his season-long hitting streak to nine games. Over his last nine games, Adrianza is hitting .474 (18-38) with 7 runs scored.

Memphis took the lead again for good in the seventh, scoring twice on a walk, two singles, and a River Cats error. With two on, Garcia singled to right fielder Juan Perez. Charging aggressively, Perez overran the ball, allowing a second run to score on the play. Sacramento made a late-game push, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to come through with game-changing hit. Catcher Trevor Brown hit a hard groundball to second base to end the game.

Fleet took the loss for Sacramento. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3. Keith Butler (2-2) picked up the win for Memphis, his second of the season, as Sam Tuivailala recorded his fifth save.

Tonight’s game also featured the first automatic strike three call the River Cats have seen since the implementation of pace of game regulations in Minor League baseball. With a runner on first, Carlos Triunfel was determined to have taken too long to get into the batter’s box and was penalized with an automatic strike by home plate umpire Spencer Flynn. The strike was the third of the at bat and Triunfel was called out.

The loss moves the River Cats under .500 for the first time since April 25, when they were 8-9, but the team is 5-1 in home day games and will look to add to that record in tomorrow’s contest. Sacramento will take the field behind their lefty Ty Blach (4-3, 3.83). Memphis will counter with their first right-hander of the series, Zach Petrick (2-3, 4.54). Tomorrow’s first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

Sacramento River Cats Lose Series Opener 4-2 To Memphis Redbirds

May 21, 2015 9:58 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, CA. – Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 10 days, the Sacramento River Cats homered in their seventh consecutive game as Coello cruised through the first five innings. The homer was Darren Ford’s third of the week, but it wasn’t enough as the River Cats dropped their series opener with the Memphis Redbirds 4-2.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

The River Cats’ offense got to work early, as with Ford on first and nobody out, Ehire Adrianza doubled down the left field line to push across the game’s first run. Then with nobody on and one out in the 3rd, Ford recorded his second hit of the night as he crushed a towering homer to left, putting his club up 2-0. The home run was Ford’s fourth on the season.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

Robert Coello started the night off hot, retiring the first six and eventually 14 of the first 16 batters he faced Thursday night. In the sixth, Memphis finally got to him, striking for three runs on 3 hits and 1 error, ending Coello’s night early. The River Cats turned one of the oddest doubles plays when right fielder Juan Perez lost the ball in the lights. Memphis’ over-aggressive base running put two men near third base and allowed the River Cats to turn the double play.

In the eighth inning, the River Cats had a chance to tie the game with two outs and runners on the corners. Adam Duvall hit a fly ball into the right center field gap, but Memphis’ right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a diving catch to end the inning. Sacramento went hitless with runners in scoring position, batting 0-for-5.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

Memphis added an insurance run in the ninth, as with two out and two on, Duvall recorded his second error of the night, allowing a run to score.

Coello (5-2, 3.44) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. Even with the loss, Coello is still tied for the most wins in the Pacific Coast League. His counterpart, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 2.64), earned the win pitching a complete game allowing 2 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, striking out 12.

The River Cats bullpen limited the damage as Steven Okert, Hunter Strickland, and Cory Gearrin combined for 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6.

The River Cats will look to even up the series tomorrow night behind right hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.38). Lefty Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.00) will take the mound for Memphis. The first 2,500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a free Giants World Series Championship T-Shirt. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

Giants Veteran Pitcher Jake Peavy Scheduled To Start For The Sacramento River Cats On Wednesday, May 27

May 21, 2015 5:56 PM PT

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – World Series Champion and Cy Young winner Jake Peavy is scheduled to start for the Sacramento River Cats this Wednesday, May 27, as a part of his Major League rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander will take the mound on the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night and face the Nashville Sounds in the return of the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate to Raley Field.
Peavy is rehabbing a back strain that he suffered early in the season. He made just two starts for San Francisco before being placed on the 15-day DL on April 18.
The Giants acquired Peavy via a trade with the Boston Red Sox in July of the 2014 season. Before joining the Giants’ starting rotation, Peavy struggled with Boston, going 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Peavy was lights out, posting a 2.17 ERA and going 6-4 in 12 starts. In August, he was 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA and played a pivotal role in the Giants’ push for the postseason.
Peavy’s scheduled start on Wednesday is also the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night, celebrating the release of Pitch Perfect 2 and Sacramento’s own Kelley Jakle, who stars in the movie. In addition, Monday, May 25, is the start of a four-game series with the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. This is the first and only time this season that the Sounds will travel to Sacramento. Peavy’s start will also be the night after former Giants and River Cats star Barry Zito takes the mound for the Sounds.
Peavy’s rehab assignment begins tomorrow, Friday, May 22, in San Jose with the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants as they host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers).
First pitch for Wednesday’s game at Raley Field against the Nashville Sounds is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com

Perez Leads Offensive Explosion; River Cats Collect A 12-5 Victory Over Isotopes

May 5, 2015 8:40 PMPT

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The River Cats ran away with their second win of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes, 12-5. In an offensive onslaught, five different River Cats collected multi-hit games, contributing to Sacramento’s 18-hit total. The run support was welcomed as Ty Blach worked through one tough inning to ultimately put together another phenomenal start.

The River Cats offense broke out for 12 runs and six extra base hits, highlighted by Juan Perez, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Perez picked up his first home run as a River Cat in the 3rd, and added a second homer in the 8th. Carlos Triunfel (3-for-5, two RBIs) hit his first home run of the season, and added two doubles to contribute to the success of the River Cats. Travis Ishikawa had a good night of his own, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Blach pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk with one strikeout. Despite a rocky 4th inning, Blach played brilliantly the rest of his seven innings, and he picked up his fourth win of the season. He threw 94 pitches, 63 for strikes, and induced 14 groundouts.

The River Cats jumped out to an early lead, going ahead 7-0 with runs in 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings. The 1st inning saw two of those runs, with Brett Jackson scoring on an Ishikawa single, and Ishikawa heading home himself on a ground-rule double from Trevor Brown.

The 3rd inning saw more action for the River Cats, with Adam Duvall hitting his second triple of the season, a single from Ishikawa, and home runs from both Perez and Triunfel. Ishikawa had his third RBI of the night in the 4th, sending Jackson home on a sacrifice fly.

The Isotopes started an early comeback in the bottom of the 4th, bringing 10 batters to the plate to collect seven hits and five runs. After a two-run homer by Ryan Casteel, a would-be inning-ending double play ball deflected off Blach’s glove dribbled into right field for an RBI single. The unfortunate break opened the door for three more Isotopes runs in the inning. After getting through the tough inning, Blach got right back to work, retiring the next seven batters in order.

The River Cats piled on late, with two runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th. Steven Okert and Cody Hall relieved Blach, throwing a perfect 8th and 9th to close out the game.

Courtesy Of The Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

The River Cats will look for their fourth series victory tomorrow, sending Clayton Blackburn (1-1, 1.64) to face Albuquerque’s Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.52). Clayton Blackburn’s last outing resulted in six shutout innings, as he struck out 6 on the way to his first win. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. PT. The River Cats will return to Raley Field for an eight-game homestand starting Thursday, May 21.

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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

A’s Score Four Runs On Matt Cain In Less Than Two Innings Beat Giants 5-2

Saturday March 14, 2015

Shawn Jonas

MESA, Ariz. –After a two-run start by the Giants offense in the top of the first inning they were shutdown for the rest of the game.  Athletics Jesse Chavez settled down after the first inning and only gave up five hits over 4⅓ innings.  Matt Cain had a rough outing giving up for four runs in 1⅔ innings.  The Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday in a split-squad game.

Cain, in only his second appearance following elbow surgery, allowed six hits.  He struck out one,  and did not walk a batter.

“I got my pitch count up and worked every scenario, I just didn’t make pitches,” Cain said. “Now it’s making sure my arm is able to repeat it and being able to get up and down.”

Cain’s day was a short one due to him not being able to locate as well as he wanted. His arm felt great,and he thought he had good stuff. He’s on schedule to be ready in time for the start of the season.

Cain will go through his normal routine as h e prepares for his next start in five days.

“The nerves were still there, which is good,” Cain said. “This one felt more like a normal start.”

Billy Burns is is in a nice rhythm as he collected three more hits for a second straight game.

Ben Zobrist doubled and drove in two runs while Eric Sogard collected a hit and drove in a run for the A’s as well. Burns has three triples this spring.

Casey McGehee doubled twice and drove in both of the Giants’ runs. He’s 10-for-20 in exhibition play.

Jesse Chavez gave up two runs, both in the first inning, on five hits over 4⅓ innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Athletics: Chavez was able to make an adjustment after a rough first inning and ended on a solid note.

“I was rushing a little bit with my mechanics, throwing my hip out too quickly,” he said. “It was a matter of me trusting myself to know what I needed to do. I started driving the hill.”

Chavez was allowed to start the fifth inning, something that was important to him after failing to go three innings his last outing.

“Today the whole goal was to go four innings and being able to go back out for the fifth was nice, and not even reaching my pitch count.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

A’s: OF Josh Reddick (strained right oblique) took part in the team stretch and threw from 60 feet. … INF Ike Davis (back) and OF Coco Crisp (sore left triceps) are taking an extra day or two off and should be back in action in the next few days. … RHP Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery) threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday and will do so again on Wednesday.

Giants: RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen on Friday and will see game action Sunday. … C Buster Posey got a routine day off. … RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) has shown no improvement.
4:05 PM ET, March 14, 2015
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UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Tim Hudson makes his second start of the spring Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A’s: RHP Sonny Gray will start for the A’s at the Milwaukee Brewers, with LHP Barry Zito also scheduled to see action.

A’s Up Next: The A’s will be back together as one unit Sunday after a split-squad trip to Las Vegas, and it will be right-hander Sonny Gray taking the mound for the second time this spring, meeting the Brewers at Maryvale at 1:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Gray will be followed by veteran non-roster invitee Barry Zito. Gray allowed two earned runs on five hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut, and Zito has allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in one start and one relief appearance thus far.