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A’s 4, Rays 1

Quite the change of pace tonight, as the A’s locked into a pitcher’s duel that went extra innings before they scored four in the top of the 11th.

Impressive at-bat from Matt Holliday in the 11th, battling back from an 0-2 count, working it full and then blasting a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie. Funny note from the postgame clubhouse session: Manager Bob Geren said second baseman Adam Kennedy told him he had a feeling Holliday might go deep …

Andrew Bailey continues to impress, wouldn’t you say? That was another big test he passed in the eighth, striking out Evan Longoria with runners on the corners, then blowing it by Jason Bartlett w/the bases loaded. More ammunition for Geren to consider him in the closer’s role, especially with Brad Ziegler still not bringing his best stuff. Ziegler told me in Detroit that he still isn’t feeling like himself on the mound after recovering from the flu and an asthma attack. He thinks his velocity is OK, but that his stuff doesn’t quite feel right.

And let’s say Bailey did start getting save opportunities. I still don’t think that would mean Ziegler is out of the role for the season. Ziegler is a pretty steady dude, and I think he could bounce between a closer and setup role pretty seamlessly …

Catch up w/you tomorrow …

Joe Stiglich

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  • Marc

    And, hat’s off to Josh Outman who pounded the strike zone. Something that A’s starters haven’t been doing…