PHOENIX --Batting coach Chili Davis didn't see the A's bats swing with much consistency until Wednesday, when they scored early and often against San Diego in an 11-6 win.
For Davis, that was no problem.
"The beauty of what I see with our hitters that I didn't see last spring," Davis said, "is that while there's a sense of urgency, they're not in any rush."
Davis went on to explain that he sees his hitters as having a clear idea of what they need to do to get back to their rhythms of the second half of 2012, when Oakland had one of the more dangerous lineups in baseball.
"They want to get there," he said. "But they don't feel the need to get there now. They want to get there by opening day. They have time to work on things now. I like that."
Oakland hitters mauled San Diego pitching for 14 hits, drew eight walks and got homers from Jemile Weeks and Seth Smith.
Young, who came out of Sunday's game against the Angels with a slight cramp in his right quad, is being given one more day of rest by manager Bob Melvin. Well, he's not going to play in the game, anyway.
"Sometimes I get ahead of myself," Melvin said in explaining his initial thought that he would have Young play on Wednesday. "So we'll see about tomorrow."
Young took part in batting practice and the fielding drills and was able to run at full speed in pregame workouts.
Melvin said he would hold off on making a lineup for Thursday's road game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs until Thursday morning.
"It was good to get out there," Straily said, making his first spring start ever for the A's after debuting last year midseason as a rookie. "I felt like I'd been there before, even though I hadn't been."
He is projected to be part of the starting rotation the first week of the season, but his status after that is cloudy because his spot could be a forfeit once Bartolo Colon comes off the suspended list in Week 2.
"I'm just getting ready for a long season," Straily said. "Where I pitch isn't up to me. Wherever I go, I've got to be ready to go."
Melvin said he doesn't think Straily should be concerned about the situation and is impressed that Straily isn't.
"He's here competing for a job," the manager said.
Asked if he had a scenario in which Straily could be in the rotation all the way right from the start, the manager said "I don't think I'm ready to go there yet. He has the ability, though."