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Fox Almost Wins It In The 9th, But...Foul

With the A's trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th, runners at first and second, two out, Jake Fox hooked one down the left field the corner...dropping...foul. Fox would fly out to end the game, hanging a loss on Michael Wuertz in his Cactus League debut.

Dallas Braden had his changeup going, helping him to strike out 6 batters without issuing a walk in his 5 innings. Jonny Gomes touched Braden for a solo HR, and some bloops and bleeders got in the way before Braden's own error, dropping the throw on a would-be 3-6-1 DP, contributed to the A's starter being charged with a total of 3 runs, 2 earned.

Adam Rosales continued his strong bid to make the team, homering and walking twice in four trips to the plate. He also made a throwing error at SS, just to show he's human.

Look for Justin Duchscherer to make his first Cactus League appearance tomorrow in relief of Brett Anderson, for Coco Crisp and Rajai Davis to be back in the OF on Wednesday, and for the battle for the final pitching and bench spots to sort themselves out no sooner than April 3rd. Buckle up, folks: Opening Night is 2 weeks from tomorrow!