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Game 68 wrapup: Freiman please to share a bit of Young’s big day; Jaso on `Dino’s curse’

Much of the focus around Chris Young’s three-hit, one-walk night Friday was on the home run he hit.

And it was a monster, 419 feet to left field.

But it was his third-inning double that was at least as interesting. As he cruised into second base, he raised both of his fists to cranium level and pumped them in the direction of the A’s dugout.

   “That was for my boy Fry,’’ Young said.

That would be rookie first baseman Nate Freiman, with whom Young has bonded over the course of the last three months.

Freiman said that double fist pump was “more for the whole dugout,’’ but he didn’t deny it had special meaning for him to see Young, 4-for-49 in his previous 14 games, come up big offensively and signal he was back.

“He’s one of the veteran guys who has gone out of his way to treat me not as a rookie,’’ Freiman said. “It was great to see him have a night like that. He’s one of the guys I love to root for.’’

 

–It’s a good bet you can count on Derek Norris getting a day off Saturday.

For one thing, the A’s are facing off with Felix Hernandez and the Mariners, and a left-handed bat like John Jaso’s is always useful against Hernandez, who is tough on everybody, particularly so on right-handers like Norris.

For another, the foul ball that messed up Jaso’s shin Thursday is a fading memory.

And for a third, after catching 18 innings Thursday and nine more Friday, Norris could use a break.

Jaso said he was prepared to play Friday after Norris, known by his teammates as “Dino,’’ had caught all 18 innings Thursday. Norris was not willingly going to come out of the lineup, however.

“That’s Dino’s curse,’’ Jaso said. “He’s one tough guy.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.