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Thursday morning in Phoenix

Just got finished watching a few of the commercials that the A’s will begin to air over the next few weeks. While a couple of them emphasise how economical it can be to attend an A’s game this year, they certainly lack the humor that was mainstay of previous ad campaigns. Oh well. Maybe a more straight-ahead approach will work this year.

In actual baseball news, pitchers Justin Duchscherer and Joey Devine are continuing their respective throwing programs today, A’s manager Bob Geren said. Devine might begin to throw off of a mound this weekend. 

SS Orlando Cabrera will likely DH in Saturday’s home game against the Giants as he makes his spring training debut in an A’s uniform. He will also play in the field on Sunday against the Angels, Geren said. Infielder Nomar Garciaparra is a few days behind Cabrera but isn’t trying to rush things as he tries to get into game shape. 

Eric Chavez won’t resume baseball-related activities for at least a few more days, according to Geren, as he tries to get his right shoulder to calm down. Mark Ellis is slated to be the DH today and is looking at getting back to playing second base in a game near the end of the month.

OF Chris Denorfia is back in the A’s clubhouse today after returning from the WBC, where he played for Italy. He went for 4-for-4 in a 6-2 win over Canada on Monday in Toronto. Denorfia was welcomed back with some good-natured ribbing from Jack Cust, who put on a entertaining display as he mimicked Denorfia as he was going through a workout in the A’s weight room. 

- Curtis Pashelka

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