Sands hits pair of homers as White Sox beat A's

Mar 20, 2016 9:05 PM by Associated Press

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jerry Sands hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday.

Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Sanchez also drove in runs for the White Sox. Matt Davidson had three hits and Steve Lombardozzi added two.

Jacob Turner threw two innings as he looks to catch on with the White Sox, who picked him off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Danny Valencia and Matt Olson each drove in runs for the A's. Sean Manaea allowed a pair of runs in 3 2-3 innings.


White Sox: RHP Jacob Turner was pulled from the game due to pitch count, though manager Robin Ventura said he might have gotten one more inning at the most.

Turner gave up two runs on four hits in his two innings. He walked three and struck out one.

"He struggled a little bit, but the ball was coming out of his hand OK," Ventura said. "He threw too many pitches. He'll get another shot."

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea struck out seven in his 3 2-3 innings, though he gave up a pair of runs on three hits and a pair of walks.

"There were a lot of adjustments that had to be made today," Manaea said. "The first inning I was trying to aim the ball instead of throwing it. I was happy about making a lot of tiny adjustments throughout the game."


A's LHP Rich Hill threw five innings in a minor league game, allowing one hit, walking three, hitting three and striking out five.

"I got some good work in and am progressively making strides," Hill said. "I'm making adjustments and going in the right direction. It was a positive day."

Hill struggled through three spring starts, giving up 13 runs and walking 12 in 7 2-3 innings. He's still projected to be in the A's rotation after signing with them in the offseason.

"Mechanics were the biggest thing," he said. "I'm excited about making adjustments to the next pitch."


White Sox RHP Carson Fulmer continues to impress in his first training camp with the big club. He threw 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief. He walked two and struck out four.

"Every time I go out there I feel more comfortable," Fulmer said. "Playing against the best of the best is the only way to get better."

Fulmer has added a cutter and split change to his bag of pitches and being able to command those pitches may help accelerate his progress.

"Once my name is called, no matter where it is or when it is, I'll be ready," Fulmer said. "The best pitchers have confidence. They know they can get people out."

LHP Jose Quintana threw six scoreless innings in a 'B' game earlier in the day. He gave up five hits, walked a pair and struck out three.


White Sox: OF J.B. Shuck was scratched from the starting lineup to give his sore wrist another day to heal.

Athletics: OF Sam Fuld has a moderate shoulder strain and will miss at least three weeks.


White Sox: RHP Scott Carroll starts against the Cleveland Indians and RHP Carlos Carrasco in Goodyear on Monday.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt gets the call Monday when Oakland makes a return trip to Scottsdale for a game against the San Francisco Giants and RHP Jeff Samardzija.


The A's reassigned RHP Ryan Brasier, RHP Angel Castro, RHP Eduard Santos, C Bryan Anderson, IF Franklin Barreto, IF Matt Olson, IF Chad Pinder to their minor league camp.

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