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The end of the marathon

The A’s 28-games-in-28-days stretch ends today with a matinee at muggy Camden Yards. They are is 13-14, which, all things considered, isn’t that bad for a team that went into the All-Star break 12 games under .500. 

Some news on the Justin Duchscherer front, just not the “go out and buy your tickets now because he’s pitching against the White Sox this weekend” type of news. He’s throwing in Arizona tomorrow, 60 pitches. A’s manager Bob Geren said this is more of a crucial step for the two-time all-star, who is only throwing 60 because it would be three days rest since his start on Sunday for Sacramento. The team will have a better idea of what to do with Duchscherer on Friday.

Dallas Braden continues to progress slowly. But as to when he’ll throw a side session is anyone’s guess. Braden’s long toss just “went OK” on Tuesday, Geren said.  

Landon Powell starts at catcher, giving Kurt Suzuki two days off before Friday’s opener against the White Sox.

Daric Barton will also play in a game in Arizona on Thursday.

The lineups:

A’s — Kennedy 3B, Davis CF, Hairston DH, Cust RF, Everidge 1B, Sweeney LF, Ellis 2B, Powell C, Pennington SS, Mazzaro P.

Orioles — Roberts 2B, Pie LF, Markakis RF, Huff 1B, Jones C, Scott DH, Wieters C, Wigginton 3B, Izturis SS, Berken P.

Curtis Pashelka