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Pomeranz has temper under control, and his control in check

Drew Pomeranz has his anger issues behind him, so there will be no repeat of 2014's broken hand.

Drew Pomeranz has his anger issues behind him, so there will be no repeat of 2014′s broken hand.

There was a noticeable improvement in Drew Pomeranz his last time out.

When he was angry at the world last Tuesday, he wound up and threw his glove on the A’s bench. One puff of dust, and he was on to think about the next inning.

Last year after a bad start against Texas, the left-hander did it differently. He slammed his right hand into a chair, broke his non-throwing hand and was essentially done as a major contributor for the A’s for the season.

“I’m a competitor, that’s going to happen,’’ Pomeranz said of throwing his glove last Tuesday. “But that (breaking his hand) is never going to happen again.

“You won’t see me abuse my body to take away anger again.’’

The first time was once too many. It was last June 16. Pomeranz was starting for the A’s after a seven-game stretch in the rotation in which he had a 1.88 ERA, a .199 opponents’ batting average, a 1.096 WHIP and a 4-3 record.

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Reddick can’t talk way into opener; he’ll start with Stockton

Josh Reddick got into five innings of a minor league game Sunday on his way back from a right oblique strain.

Josh Reddick got into five innings of a minor league game Sunday on his way back from a right oblique strain.

Right fielder Josh Reddick has given up trying to be the in A’s starting lineup on opening night.

The A’s are committed to having him start the season on the disabled list thanks to the right oblique strain that has blotted out most of March for him athletically.

“I’ve tried, and it’s pretty much set in stone that I’m pretty much staying back,’’ Reddick said of his bid to make himself ready for next Monday’s home opener against the Rangers. “I’ll be in minor league camp, get my work there, then start the season with Stockton.’’

So, as he said the other day, if all goes as scheduled, he gets the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez Saturday, April 11 for his personal opening day.

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Bassitt saw demotion coming after spring struggles

Chris Bassitt will have to sort out his game at Triple-A to start the season

Chris Bassitt will have to sort out his game at Triple-A to start the season

One of the reasons that the A’s were willing to trade Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox is that they were getting back a pitcher in whom they had great expectations, Chris Bassitt.

Things didn’t go as planned in Bassitt’s first spring with Oakland, and Sunday morning with still a week left before the season starts, Bassitt was sent down to Triple-A Nashville.

He began as part of a four-man newcomers’ competition to nail down two spots in the starting rotation. Sean Nolin was the first to bow out because he never recovered from an off-season sports hernia surgery. That left Bassitt pitted against Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman.

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Kazmir seems ready for season to start after dominating Sox

With just one start left in the spring, A's LHP Scott Kazmir has a 0.75 ERA

With just one start left in the spring, A’s LHP Scott Kazmir has a 0.75 ERA

It can be a mistake to trust the spring numbers. Scott Kazmir is the first to say so.

The A’s starter doesn’t put that much stock in his 0.75 Cactus League ERA, and said after his 5.1 scoreless innings against the White Sox Saturday “their guys are still tuning up, too.’’

While he’s correct in a general sense, on Saturday Kazmir was facing a Chicago lineup that could stand as a good facsimile of the one the White Sox will use on opening day. The Sox put out their best, and Kazmir simply toyed with them.

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If Crisp can play Tuesday, then he should start opening day

Coco Crisp is looking at a return to the lineup Tuesday if his elbow pain has lessened.

Coco Crisp is looking at a return to the lineup Tuesday if his elbow pain has lessened.

Tuesday could be a make-or-break day for A’s leadoff hitter Coco Crisp.

The A’s have him scheduled to start in left field that day against the Angels. If he’s in the lineup, there’s a good chance he’ll be ready to start the season.

If not, then Crisp could join the growing list of A’s who will begin the season on the disabled list. Pitchers A.J. Griffin, Jarrod Parker, Taylor Thompson and Sean Nolin, right fielder Josh Reddick and backup first baseman Nate Freiman are already headed there.

The A’s don’t think Crisp, who had a cortisone shot to ease the pain in his right elbow Tuesday, will join them, but the club would like him to get in at least three games to be declared ready to start April 6 against Texas.

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Canha keeps pounding out a message of power potential

Mark Canha, who went from Bellarmine Prep to Cal, leads the A's with four homers this spring, including a walkoff three-run bomb Friday.

Mark Canha, who went from Bellarmine Prep to Cal, leads the A’s with four homers this spring, including a walkoff three-run bomb Friday.

The more the A’s see of Mark Canha, the more they like the thought of what he could bring to the club in 2015.

Nothing has been formally announced, but it seems likely that the Bellarmine Prep and Cal product, a first baseman/outfielder who can also play some third base, has made the A’s roster.

He hit a three-run walkoff homer in the ninth inning Friday to lift the A’s to a 7-6 win over Texas, his team-high fourth homer this spring.

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Reddick coming to terms with idea of starting season on DL

Josh Reddick will start the 2015 season on the disabled list for A's as he battles back from a right oblique strain.

Josh Reddick will start the 2015 season on the disabled list for A’s as he battles back from a right oblique strain.

Josh Reddick loves opening day, the pomp and circumstance of it all. But when the A’s make their 2015 bow April 6 against the Rangers, he will be playing in a minor league game in Arizona.

Reddick had been hoping beyond hope that he’d be enough recovered from his right oblique strain of four weeks ago that he’d be able to be back for the opener. But manager Bob Melvin said Friday that his right fielder would almost certainly start the season on the disabled list.

“I’m a little bummed, but as much as it does stink, I understand what they’re trying to do,’’ Reddick said. “I can’t be upset that I’m missing five games. I still get Felix on my opening night, so that’s my normal opener.’’

If things go as planned, Reddick’s return would be Saturday April 11 vs Seattle, when ace Felix Hernandez would have his normal turn for the Mariners.

Between now and then the A’s plan on having Reddick playing nothing but minor league games so that they can post-date his time on the disabled list by 10 days, getting him back on the 11th.

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New dad Chavez happy with quality of spring work overall

New dad Jesse Chavez has been satisfied with his body of work this spring as he bids to return to A's rotation.

New dad Jesse Chavez has been satisfied with his body of work this spring as he bids to return to A’s rotation.

Almost everything has changed for A’s pitcher Jesse Chavez in the last couple of days.

On Tuesday, his wife, Crystal, gave birth to their daughter, Dannie Rae.

“It’s been kind of a whirlwind; it’s just a different feeling,’’ Chavez said. “Someone has come into the world and she’s yours. You want to be the best you can for her.’’

Chavez could be forgiven if he wasn’t quite on top of his game, a 6-4 A’s win. He didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, giving up four runs, just two of them earned, on seven hits and two walks.

He has a 4.50 ERA this spring, and while the numbers could be better, he’s content that he’s made his case for landing a job in the starting rotation. He’ll have one more start before the season begins.

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Melvin has the middle of the A’s lineup all plotted out

First baseman Ike Davis figures to settle in as the No. 5 man in the A's batting order.

First baseman Ike Davis figures to settle in as the No. 5 man in the A’s batting order.

Ask Bob Melvin, and the A’s manager will tell you that he hasn’t announced the makeup of the middle part of his lineup.

He hasn’t, not in so many words. But Ben Zobrist has made 14 starts, including Thursday against the Giants, and he’s been the No. 3 hitter 14 times.

Billy Butler has made 15 starts, and 15 times he’s been the cleanup hitter.

Ike Davis missed some time thanks to a back injury so has only made nine starts, but six of them have seen him bat fifth. He has batted fourth when he’s played and Butler hasn’t.

In the four games in which they’ve all been in the lineup at the same time, Zobrist has batted third, Butler fourth and Davis fifth four times. Melvin may not be speaking with his voice but he’s shouting with the pen that writes out his lineups.

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Billy Bean (not Beane) talks with A’s about inclusion

Billy Beane introduced Billy Bean to the A’s Thursday afternoon, and Major League Baseball’s first-ever Ambassador of Inclusion said the players might not have known who he was or what he was going to speak about.

Bean and A’s general manager Beane have known each other for years and played in the same Triple-A Toledo outfield in 1988 where, together with a former top draft pick Pete Rice they made what Bean proudly refers to as baseball’s “Rice and Beans Outfield.’’

Bean, who came out as gay in 1990 after he’d retired from baseball, is the point man on MLB’s outreach to the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) community. This is his first spring training on the job, and he’s going to visit teams in both Arizona and Florida.

But …

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