TEMPE, Ariz. -- The A's suffered a bit of a scare in the first inning against the Angels when Chris Young, getting his first start in right field, had to come out of the game with a quad cramp.
Young, a center fielder who is being asked to become equally adept in left and right, had to race back on a ball hit by Angels second baseman Brendan Harris. Young made an over-the-shoulder catch with a dive, ending the inning, then had to be lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second.
After Young was sent to get a look by the medics, the initial diagnosis of a quad cramp stood. He's not going to play Monday, but he was scheduled off anyway, and should be good to go Tuesday.
"It was a nice play and a nice at-bat for him,'' manager Bob Melvin said. "He should be fine.''
Young was long gone by the time the A's closed out a 7-5 win over the Angels on a sunny but cold and windy day. The game lasted 3:44, and most of the crowd of 5,213 was elsewhere by the time this one ended.
They didn't get a double play, but both came out of the game satisfied that they are on course defensively. Sizemore made a nice diving stop in the dirt, and Lowrie was charged with an error on a nasty windblown pop fly.
"I'm back where I've played most of my career,'' Sizemore said after coming out of the game. He played third base for the A's in 2011. "We got in situations where we can work on stuff you can't work on in practice.''
Melvin said he thought Sizemore was further along that the manager thought he'd be.
"He looks real good,'' he said. "He was out there in the right place.''
Lowrie felt he should have caught the windblown pop, but didn't take it badly, all-in-all.
"I've got to know where the wind is blowing and get around the ball,'' he said. "For a first game, there were some good plays. It's a good place to start.''
Melvin described the afternoon as "a bit of a tough day'' for Lowrie because of the error, but said "he made some nice plays out there, too.''