Manager Buck Showalter was happy Machado finally got on the field, according to MASN.com.
"Manny needs to play in some games. He's tired of all the work. You think of all the work he's done since he was able to start going on the field after the surgery and you think about the last time he got to play a lot," Showalter said. "We'll try to get as many reps for him as we can, because physically it's not a challenge for him. He's in good shape."
Rodriguez said after the game he felt like he was swinging underwater, but was happy to make contact and pleasantly surprised to get a base hit, according to MLB.com.
Semien didn't take long to strike. In his first at-bat, Semien crushed an 0-2 pitch from Madison Bumgarner for a two-run shot. He added a solo shot in the fifth inning off Cody Hall. Semien finished 3 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. He's expected to open the season as the team's starting shortstop.
Detroit will play Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday.
“I’ll be a little nervous, for sure,” he said Tuesday, per the New York Post. “I haven’t been in front of our fans for a long time. I’m excited about that. I have some challenges ahead... Ready to go. Not sure how ready, but I’ll give it a shot.”
Rodriguez wants to rack up plenty of at-bats this spring following his long layoff.
“At-bats are key for me. I haven’t seen live pitching in a long time,” he said. “The more at-bats, the better. And I know (manager) Joe (Girardi) talked a little bit about maybe going to the minor leagues and utilizing that, too.”
"I think it would have happened anywhere, whether I was at high-A ball or Double-A," he said to MLB.com. "For some reason, I just started overthinking everything. I started looking for changeups when I shouldn't have. I should have just stayed with my normal routine."
It was the first significant time in his career that Dozier experienced struggles at the plate.
"It's good that I went through it," Dozier said. "Now I know how to snap out of one of those slumps. I know that I shouldn't change anything like my approach -- just stay with it, stay with the routine."
“I just keep hearing how far balls are going,” Molitor said after Monday’s workout. “It’s fun for people to see. I hope he’s working on his whole game.
“He’s a young kid. But he’s doing fine. It’s good to see him healthy. He hasn’t had any issues with that (surgically repaired) elbow, and that’s what we’re trying to make sure we protect against as spring unfolds.”
While Molitor is pleased with how Sano is doing offensively, he really wants to see how Sano is progressing in the field.
“I was working today on the bunt defenses; he’s trying,” Molitor said. “There are things that are going to be a challenge for him. We’ve got to keep an eye on him. He’s a big boy. He carries it pretty well, but you’ve got to have some athleticism. He’s got to keep that … if he wants to play a corner-infield position in the big leagues, especially third base.”
The Athletics opened last season with third baseman Josh Donaldson slotted second, but Donaldson has since been traded to Toronto.
Rodriguez, however, will play in Wednesday's spring game against the Phillies, manager Joe Girardi announced Monday.
Rodriguez was the DH and hit fourth in Monday's intrasquad game. Hitting off a pitching machine, he grounded to third on the second pitch of the first at-bat and flied out to short right on the first pitch of the second at-bat, per the Associated Press.