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Saturday wrap-up

A’s pitchers must have had big plans for tonight. They combined on a 1-0 shutout of Cleveland for the A’s first exhibition win of the spring. Dallas Braden, who is sick with the same bug that’s gotten some of his teammates, looked really good in two innings. He’s putting his slider on the back-burner for now and is focusing on a cut fastball (new for him) as well as his change-up, his best pitch. Bob Geren also raved about Trevor Cahill’s two innings of work.

Chris Denorfia’s double drove in Ryan Sweeney in the seventh for the game’s only run. It was a crazy day for Denorfia, who leaves tomorrow along with Brad Ziegler for the World Baseball Classic. Denorfia had the game-winning RBI but then got thrown out by a mile at third when he got caught off second, then tagged up and tried to advance on a fly. He got an earful from Geren and is peeved at himself for a couple of base running blunders. On Friday, he failed to advance on a passed ball when he should have. “That’s two base running mistakes in two days. If I’m going to make this team, I’ve got to be perfect.” He’s not lying …

Joe Stiglich