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A’s drop eighth straight, 5-4 to White Sox

Consider Brett Anderson one of the silver linings for the A’s in today’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He went 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and two runs. Doesn’t look too impressive on the surface, but he’s showing me something with how he handles himself on the mound. He escaped a little jam in the second inning and limited the damage to two runs in the fourth when it could have been worse. Included in his day was two strikeouts of Carlos Quentin, the Sox’s No. 3 hitter. Anderson said he liked the down-and-in action he had on his slider to right-handers. …

It’s worth noting that Jack Cust is hitting .342 this spring. He singled twice today. …

The A’s signed Michael Wuertz assuming he’d occupy a spot in their bullpen. He wasn’t terrible today, but he’s allowed a run in five of his nine outings. I’d expect the A’s to be patient with him. …

I’ve moved the White Sox’s home park, The Ballpark at Camelback Ranch, ahead of Surprise Stadium to No. 1 on my list of best Cactus League ballparks. Very impressive facility (which Chicago shares w/the Dodgers). Various side diamonds surrounding the main field, very impressive concession stand offerings and a ton of real estate beyond the outfield fences for people to wander within the park. The only downside, as people in the press box were pointing out, is there’s very little shade for fans. Nearly every seat is exposed to the sun. But you don’t come to spring training expecting to throw snowballs, right???

Joe Stiglich