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A's Give Cubs 4-Run Head Start, Rally to Win 15-7

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Well you can be blasé over a game in February if you must, but 15 runs and 18 hits is still a cool way to start things off.  All without Eric Chavez in the lineup!

Now if we can just do something about Trevor Cahill's 108.00 ERA.  Last year's All-Star faced but seven batters in his 2011 spring debut, and only one of them did not reach base.  Well that's not really true. Even the one batter to make an out actually reached base on a fielder's choice.  By the time Cahill was relieved in favor of Tyson Ross, the A's were in a 4-0 hole.

That deficit did not last very long as Coco Crisp tied the game with a grand slam in the third, and the A's went ahead to stay on an Eric Sogard sac fly in the fourth.  Things got out of control during a seven-run seventh that made the last two innings a moot point. 

To the chagrin of anyone who had other things to do today, they played the last two innings anyway.

All told, five A's collected two hits apiece: Josh Willingham, Michael Choice, Anthony Recker, Jai Miller, and our dear pal, Matt Carson.

Yep, it must be Spring Training.