Alex Wood sharp in outing vs White Sox but Athletics only manage a tie

The Oakland Athletics tied the Chicago White Sox 3-3 on Sunday afternoon
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The Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox battled to a 3-3 draw on Sunday afternoon despite strong showings from A's starting pitcher Alex Wood and third baseman JD Davis.

Wood took the mound for his third spring start and went 5 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. He gave up a solo home run to White Sox catcher Kory Lee in the top of the fifth. The other run came in the top of the second, when first baseman Gavin Sheets roped a double that scored Eloy Jimenez.

Jimenez had reached on a throwing error by A's second baseman Zack Gelof earlier in the inning. Sheets picked up a solo home run in the top of the 9th off A's reliever Gerardo Reyes that gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead.

The Athletics tied the game in the bottom of the 9th when first base prospect Will Simpson pulled a Jonathan Cannon fastball over the left field fence. Hoy Park got on with a single with two outs in the 9th, putting the winning run on first base.

The Athletics couldn't capitalize, however, as Cannon got outfield prospect Daz Cameron to fly out to right field, ending the game. Spring training games aren't played into extra innings in order to avoid any potential injuries. It's the A's first tie of the spring.

The newly acquired JD Davis looked sharp in his debut, ripping a double down the left field line in his first at bat. In his second plate appearance, Davis grounded out to shortstop Paul DeJong with men on first and second and one out.

Davis should get plenty more opportunities as he's expected to slot right into the middle of the Athletics lineup for the remainder of spring and into the season.

The Athletics return on Monday afternoon with a matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Right hander Ross Stripling is set to face off against D-Backs righty Merrill Kelly. Stripling has an 11.32 ERA so far this spring, so he'll look to put the right foot forward and get things back on track. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm PST.