Phegley's bat, strong debut from Graveman carry A's

Catcher comes through with three RBI doubles; righty throws two shutout innings

Phegley's bat, strong debut from Graveman carry A's

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Josh Phegley had three RBI doubles and starting pitcher Kendall Graveman was solid in his spring debut with two shutout innings as the A's topped the D-backs, 7-2, on Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

Robbie Ray, who is competing for one of the three open spots in the D-backs' starting rotation, worked a clean first inning, but ran into trouble in the second.

Mark Canha started the inning off by drawing a walk and scored when Phegley doubled to left. Tyler Ladendorf drove home Phegley one out later with a single to right to give Oakland a 2-0 lead.

By contrast, Graveman helped his chances of winning a rotation spot by tossing two scoreless innings. The lone damage the D-backs were able to do off him came in the first when Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta collected back-to-back two-out singles.

Randall Delgado enjoyed the best day of D-backs pitchers fighting for a rotation spot, posting two shutout innings.

Phegley added run-scoring doubles in the sixth and seventh innings, scoring Canha and Nick Evans.

The game was played under sunny skies and warm temperatures, but with a strong wind blowing directly in from center field that played havoc with fly balls and popups.

Up next: The A's will get a look at rotation candidate Chris Bassitt on Saturday, when the right-hander makes his Cactus League debut against the visiting Angels at Hohokam Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 p.m. PT. Bassitt, acquired in the Jeff Samardzija trade, is one of at least six candidates for three open rotation spots. Regulars Coco Crisp, Marcus Semien, Ben Zobrist, Billy Butler and Brett Lawrie are all expected to start the game.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.