Straily pitches 4 solid for A's in 9-9 tie with KC

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Dan Straily worked four promising innings only hours after the Athletics said two of their starters might not be ready for opening day, Derek Norris and Michael Taylor homered and Oakland and the Kansas City Royals played to a 9-9 tie in nine innings Friday.

A's manager Bob Melvin said before the game starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are in "jeopardy" of beginning the season on the disabled list with arm injuries.

"We'll have somebody step up if they're not ready," Straily said. "That's all it comes down to. We're not limited to five quality arms in this organization. We probably have seven, eight or nine that are big league ready right now as starters. It's a great problem to have."

Straily went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts as a rookie last season with Oakland.

"There's no reason for us to put pressure on ourselves one way or the other for anything," Straily said if other A's starters are hurt. "This game is tough enough as it is. You've just got to focus on yourself and your game and make sure you're ready to go. If everyone does that then our team is going to very competitive and very good."

Straily allowed three hits and one run, an Alex Gordon homer.

Norris hit a three-run homer in the second off Danny Duffy, while Taylor connected for his third in the fourth. Billy Burns went 3 for 4 and stole his Cactus League-leading eighth base.

Duffy gave up five runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batter in two innings.

"I felt like I was on the attack and one thing led to another," Duffy said. "I left a pitch up to the 3-hole hitter (Norris) and he smoked it. I've got to figure out a better way to go about it out there because that's not going to help this team right now."

Justin Maxwell went 3 for 4 with a double and drove in two Royals' runs. Francisco Pena homered on a full-count pitch with two out in the ninth to tie it, but he was told afterward he was being optioned to Triple-A Omaha.