The next wave of A's talent was on display Monday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Sonny Gray, the A's top pick in 2011, pitched two innings in the A's 14-10 loss to the Indians, and Michael Choice, the team's top pick in 2010, homered and had two more hits, raising his total to five in three games.

"He's got a quick bat," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Choice banged his left knee running into the wall in center field in the eighth but remained in the game and said afterward that he is fine. Considering his 2012 season ended with a broken thumb, it's going to take a heck of a lot more than a bruise to get him off the field. And Choice's hot bat is an indication he hasn't missed a beat since the thumb injury in July.

"It's a huge relief not having to worry about trying to find everything again," Choice said of the way his swing has clicked immediately. "I strictly have to worry about the pitchers and what I'm going to do."