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Facing a familiar face

Went down to the hotel lounge after the A’s 15-1 smashing of Brandon Webb and Arizona on Tuesday and saw a few non-playing members of the organization. And the joke among the group was that given what the A’s did to Webb, they would certainly be shut down by former teammate Dan Haren tonight.

Well, we’ll see in less than two hours. Haren gets the ball for the first time against his former teammates, and the A’s are throwing out the same lineup that has scored 29 runs and gone 4-0 on this six-game trip through the National League West. Haren said he’s having the time of his life in Arizona, and his numbers have been good. No chance he’ll be as bad as Webb was last night (and if, by chance, he is, at least Haren will talk about it). 

Mark Ellis, Haren’s old buddy, gets the first crack at him. He’s hitting leadoff for the fifth straight game, and for good reason. Ellis is 16-for-35 with five doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in his past eight games.

Another eye-popping stat. The A’s six-home run outburst Tuesday ended their longest homerless streak since 1983.