PHOENIX -- Eric Sogard will have to settle for being the Face of the American League.

Pitted in the final of the MLB Network's #FaceofMLB competition, Sogard's supporters came up a bit short against Mets third baseman David Wright, who garnered 51 percent of the vote on Twitter to 49 percent for Sogard.

The A's second baseman credited Oakland's "very passionate fans" for his near win and his run to the final that included head-to-head wins over the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, the Giants' Buster Posey and the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.

Although Sogard didn't tweet "even one vote" on his own behalf, his teammates joined A's fans and many others in an effort to make him the face of baseball, with his spectacles and NERDPOWER hashtag.

Sogard, who has a fight ahead of him to hold the second base job he won last spring, won't soon forget the support of A's fans.

"We may not have the most fans, but we have amazing fans," Sogard said. "They get the credit for all this. This was them."

  • It was a rough first day for right-hander Jarrod Parker, the probable opening-day pitcher on March 31 against Cleveland.

    Pitching against the Giants, Parker faced 11 hitters, got just four outs and left with his team trailing 5-0. He was charged with six runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter in a game the A's would win in the ninth inning, 7-6.

    "It was good to get out there," Parker said. "There's a different feel (to games) than when you are throwing to your own guys. I need to work on my delivery and try to get the game feel, get used to it all."

    Most of the trouble for Parker came on sliders. The pitcher said he'll break the pitch in over the course of the spring. Manager Bob Melvin said Parker "has no issues" with the slider.

  • Sean Doolittle threw nasty sliders and changeups as part of a 1-2-3 inning in the third. He threw a slider to strike out Juan Perez and bounced a changeup later in the inning. Those are the pitches he's been working on to complement his fastball.

    "I was trying not to smirk (after the strikeout)," Doolittle said. "To work on it, then be able to go out and execute it in a game is good."

    Melvin said Doolittle is "trying to work on things that make him even better."

    "If hitters have any doubt what he's throwing," the manager said, "it'll make his fastball that much better, and he realizes that."

  • Down 6-0 early, the A's rallied for four runs in the last two innings to pull out their 7-6 win. Derek Norris hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth and scored the winner in the ninth on a wild pitch by Giants reliever Heath Hembree.

    Minor leaguer Jake Goebbert walked to start the winning rally, was balked to second, raced to third on an error and scored on the wild pitch. "That's the way we do it," Melvin said.

  • Sonny Gray is scheduled to throw Saturday at Phoenix Muni against the Rangers. Heavy rain could keep that from happening.

  • Knowing how hard it is for Yoenis Cespedes to ease into things, Melvin will have him D.H. for a while. He should be in left field next week.

  • Scott Kazmir won't face the Angels on Sunday. Instead he'll face some A's hitters on the back field at Phoenix Muni this weekend. Melvin is not a fan of having his starting pitchers face A.L. West competition.

  • Infielder Jake Elmore came on defensively at second base midgame, later getting a hit and scoring the A's third run. It was the first full day of camp for Elmore, who was picked up from the White Sox in a cash deal Thursday.