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A's Win By Drawing A Lot Of Frying Pans

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It takes a lot of skillet seems -- to draw a lot of woks, I mean. And to think it's not even Fryday. Hmm ... What do you know; Leopold Bloom is funnier.

Anyway, Daric Barton walked 4 times, once with the bases loaded, the Cubs walked in 2 runs and forced home another with a hit batter, and Ben Sheets celebrated recording an out by recording 11 more after that (4 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) as the A's beat the Cubs 7-4 in their Phoenix game. The A's had 19 baserunners on only 9 hits -- fun!

As for the other game...well...uh...yeah, 12-3 Indians, with Jason Jennings getting lit up for 8 ER in 1.2 IP, Vin Mazzaro following soon after with 2 IP of 5 hit, 3 BB, 3 ER baseball, and Kevin Kouzmanoff making his 3rd error of the Spring. So we'll just ignore that game. (Except to mention that Kouzmanoff also HRed.)

In Phoenix, Cliff Pennington continued to make a strong case, with 2 hits and a strong throw from the SS hole to take away a hit, Eric Patterson added 2 more hits in his bid to win the 25th spot on the roster, and Jerry Blevins tossed 2 scoreless innings in his effort to secure the role of Craig Breslow's understudy, while Brad Kilby went "6 up, 6 down" in his bid to impersonate Blevins. Add this to Trevor Cahill's excellent start yesterday and the right guys are currently shining.