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Braden still on track for Saturday

Dallas Braden said his throwing session, which included flat ground throwing and a roughly 30-pitch bullpen session, went well. His arm feels much better now than it did Tuesday, when it was too tight to pitch. He said tomorrow will “tell the story” but A’s manager Bob Geren said the plan remains for Braden to pitch Saturday.

Coco Crisp and Conor Jackson are both out of the lineup. Crisp said he feels fine, so it’s just a day off to get his legs some rest. There are no lingering problems from his crash into the center field wall last night, and he should be ready for Friday’s opener in Cleveland.

Jackson, though, has some tightness in his legs and Geren said he’s day-to-day. Gabe Gross starts in left field, Rajai Davis in center and Ryan Sweeney in right.

Travis Buck went through a workout in Phoenix Wednesday with sprints and BP. He’ll obviously need to get in baseball shape before any rehab assignment can begin.

The lineups

A’s – Davis CF, Barton 1B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Suzuki C, Sweeney RF, Cust DH, Ellis 2B, Gross LF, Pennington SS, Cahill P.

O’s – Patterson LF, Tejada DH, Markakis RF, Wigginton 1B, Jones CF, Wieters C, Bell 3B, Moore 2B, Izturis SS, Arrieta P.

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