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A’s 9, Dodgers 5

A couple quick hitters from the A’s 9-5 victory over the Dodgers, their second win in a row after losing 10 straight:

–Young lefty Brett Anderson bounced back from a three-run first inning to throw five shutout innings after that. His final line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

He also got to face Manny Ramirez for the first time. The Dodgers’ No. 3 singled in his first at-bat, then walked, and then Anderson got him on a groundout to third. Anderson doesn’t seem in awe of much on a big league mound, and while he said he didn’t know how to pitch Ramirez, he didn’t seem overwhelmed by the experience either. “It’s fun facing those guys,” he said, as the Dodgers pretty much played their ‘A’ lineup. “It lets you get honed in a little more.” You can pretty much write in ink that this guy’s in the starting rotation …

–Reliever Joey Devine left the game in the eighth inning, and Bob Geren indicated Devine’s elbow was hurting him again. Obviously, that’s potentially huge news, but we won’t know more on his condition until the morning. Devine loaded the bases, and then Jerry Blevins allowed a two-run double, but the A’s were already way ahead.

–Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run homer in the second, homer No. 2 for him on the spring.

–Eric Chavez had a good day, doubling and scoring two runs. He looked good moving around the bases and also dove all-out for a single that shot through the hole at third. Another signal he very well may play Opening Night. …

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich