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10-9 A's In A Game Meaningless To Some, Meaningful To Others

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It was wild and wacky, and of course largely irrelevant, as the A's gave up 3 in the 8th to blow a lead, scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th, and then held on despite allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

For Danny Haren, whose 3 innings of 6 hit, 2 run ball left his Cactus League ERA at 7.71, it's mostly about building up arm strength and tuning up for the games that matter.

But for Ron Flores, it was not a meaningless game. For Flores, who is on the bubble for a possible spot in the A's righty-heavy bullpen, his slim chances became slimmer after he allowed 3 runs (2 ER) in just 2/3 of an inning, and saw his spring ERA rise to 16.20. John Baker, on the other hand, continued to make a case for only being released at most once/year, as he went 2 for 2 and is now sitting on a .600 batting average for the spring.

Should an exceptionally good or bad spring training change the "depth chart" that is laid out before the games begin? Obviously, guys like Flores hope the answer is "no," while guys like Baker hope the answer is "yes". What do you think?