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Jefferies strikes out Betts, 'proud' of 2021 spring debut

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Daulton Jefferies' MLB debut with the A's last season didn't exactly go as planned. On Sunday, he started the A's Cactus League opener, a 2-1 seven-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the results were much better. 

Jefferies, 25, threw a scoreless first inning against the reigning World Series champions. He didn't allow any hits or walks, and capped off his one inning of work by striking out Dodgers star Mookie Betts on three pitches. 

Jefferies told reporters after his outing he was "proud" of his spring training debut this year, and gave himself a "little fist pump."

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Jefferies allowed five earned runs in just two innings against the Texas Rangers when he made his major league debut last season. He was credited with the loss after giving up two home runs and two walks in a short amount of work. 

The Cal alum went 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA and struck out 93 batters over 79 innings between two minor league levels in 2019. He's competing for a big league roster spot this season, and should be back up with the A's in no time.