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Mariners 8, A’s 7

Some defeats hurt worse than others, and I would put tonight’s in that catergory for the A’s. For those of you who didn’t see it, the A’s scored six runs in the third inning, only to lose in the bottom of the ninth on Jose Lopez’s single off Russ Springer.

That third-inning rally is what the A’s have been expecting from their offense, and for them to produce like that, only to let a 6-1 lead melt away, is pretty devastating. It’s early in the season, but I wonder what the long-term ramifications might be.

What is Dana Eveland’s status in the rotation right now? Might he be on shaky ground? Springer hasn’t been as indestructable as he was over his first few outings. Is the bullpen feeling the effects of over-use? Not having Brad Ziegler or Santiago Casilla for more than a couple of games would hurt.

Casilla, by the way, didn’t come out of his throwing session well before Friday’s game, according to Bob Geren. His right calf is still hurting.

An unsung hero Friday night: Long man Dan Giese, who turned in 3 1/3 shutout innings in relief of Eveland.

Trevor Cahill, who is trying to bounce back from a shaky outing of his own, gets the call tomorrow night. First pitch is 6:10 p.m.

Joe Stiglich