GLENDALE, Ariz. — Here’s a recap on the White Sox’ 12-3 loss to the Oakland A’s Wednesday at Camelback Ranch.
A Turner for the worse: Jacob Turner, who pitched two scoreless innings in his first start, got nicked for five runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings as the Sox (4-2-1) saw their four-game Cactus League win streak come to an end. Command issues were the undoing for Turner, who threw 62 pitches, 34 for strikes.
Manager Robin Ventura said Turner, who must impress to force his way into the Opening Day picture, “had better life” on his pitches than in his first outing (when he touched 94 mph) but “when you are falling behind, throwing fastballs, you are going to get beat around a little bit.”
The A’s scored in every inning but the eighth against a quintet (Zach Phillips, Chris Beck, Daniel Webb, Peter Tago, minor league camper Euclides Leyer) which may be headed for the minors after spring training. Tago was the only one with a clean inning.
No action for Jackson: Austin Jackson, signed Sunday to a one-year, $5 million deal, faced Chris Sale on the backfields as he continues to get ready for game action. Ventura said Jackson, who missed a couple weeks of camp while waiting to sign as a free agent and may be the team’s primary center fielder, won’t be ready to play till the weekend. Jackson will let Ventura know when he’s ready.
LaRoche’s back: Adam LaRoche (back) won’t get on the field for at least two days, Ventura said. “There’s plenty of time left. He’s been here the whole time.’’
First round draft picks Courtney Hawkins (right shoulder) and Tim Anderson (who became a first-time father this week) are expected back on the field Thursday, Ventura said.
A taste of Opening Day: Sonny Gray, who will start the A’s opener against the Sox and Chris Sale in Oakland on April 4, contributed to the Sox’ 14 strikeouts with four over three innings of one-run ball. A’s lefty Felix Doubront struck out six in three scoreless innings. Former Athletic Brett Lawrie struck out twice, raising his spring total to six in three games.
On deck: Split squad Thursday: Royals at White Sox, Glendale, 2:05 p.m. (whitesox.com). Ian Kennedy vs. Carson Fulmer. White Sox at Rangers in Surprise, 2:05, Jose Quintana vs. Nick Martinez.