Hawpe eases through successful return

– Right fielder Brad Hawpe’s return from a hamstring injury would have to be called a success, partly because he went 2-for-2 with a walk, and partly because he stayed healthy. One line drive carried over his head for a double. When the time came to burst and extend for the ball, Hawpe wisely played it conservatively.

– The Athletics’ Matt Holliday keeps up with his former teammates with the Rockies. After witnessing how Todd Helton played through a back injury “until he absolutely couldn’t walk” last year. TV highlights of Helton’s strong spring have grabbed Holliday’s attention

“From what I’ve seen on TV it looks like he’s really driving through the ball,” Holliday said. “It’s great to see.

“Nothing really shocks me. I knew he was hurting, and I knew once he was healthy he would be a very good hitter.”

– — Center fielder prospect Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with two doubles, and he’s up to .317 this spring as he continues to argue against being sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the season. 

– A day after playing right field for the first time this spring, Ian Stewart started at second base. Stewart handled a tough flyball Saturday and a foul in the bullpen area Sunday.

“It seems like that happens in baseball,” Stewart said. “You come into a game or something and it seems like the first guy hits you a ball. But I definitely feel comfortable at all the spots they put me.”

Stewart, a third baseman, has had ample duty in left field.

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