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Game 57 wrapup: Straily keeps filling up strike zone; Freiman gets critique on how to run out a triple; Young breaks loose

Dan Straily didn’t get the win Saturday, but not because he didn’t deserve to.

The second-year right-hander limited the White sox to five singles and double in six innings, didn’t walk anyone, struck out eight and left a 3-1 lead to the A’s bullpen.

Sean Doolittle wound up letting Chicago back in the game, so when the A’s did go on to score a 4-3 win, the victory went to Jerry Blevins, who got the final out of the top of the 10th innings.

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Game 56 wrapup: Freiman scrambling for a TV to watch his wife compete in LPGA tournament

Ask anybody and you’ll quickly find there is a consensus in sports that timing is everything.

When that timing has to be spread out over two sports, however, that timing gets muddled.

Exhibit A is Oakland first baseman Nate Freiman. He’s probably going to be in the lineup Saturday for the A’s with Chicago throwing a left-hander, Jose Quintana. The game will start at 1:05 p.m.

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Freiman finds split-second decision was right one

Nate Freiman was faced with a split-second decision in the sixth inning of Monday’s game.

For a while it haunted him, concerned that he’d made the wrong call, but upon further review, the A’s first baseman is content he made the right call

The Giants’ Pablo Sandoval was up with men on first and third and none out and hit a sharp grounder to Freiman at first. Here’s the question – do you go for the double play and concede the run or do you try and keep the run from scoring?

With the A’s up 2-0 at the time, Freiman decided it was more important to try and keep the run from scoring. So he took a few steps to first base and got the out there without taking his eye off the runner at third, Gregor Blanco, who looked as if he wanted to run but didn’t.

What that meant was that the runner at first base, Marco Scutaro, was now at second as the potential tying run.

A’s starter Dan Straily eventually gave up Blanco’s run on a grounder hit by Buster Posey, but he pitched out of the inning and the A’s went on to a 4-1 win in the first game of the series.

“At the time, I decided to make sure I got at least one out and to see if I could keep the runner from scoring,’’ Freiman said. “It was going to be a tough double play to turn, although the ball got to me quicker than I thought it would at first.

“At the time I wasn’t sure that it was the right play. But with the way in inning played out, Gregor Blanco was going to score, and so we were going to give up one run, regardless. It all goes back to the fact that the most important thing was that we got at least one out for sure on that (Sandoval) grounder.

“The thing that you can’t allow to happen is that you come out of that situation not getting any outs.’’

 

–Brett Anderson is still wearing his walking cast and is still using crutches to avoid putting too much pressure on the stress fracture in his right foot.

He’s probably got at least two more weeks of that, but no one can say for sure. Bones tend to heal at their own pace. So Anderson is learning to adapt while his A’s teammates do their thing.

“It’s different, sort of like being a fan,’’ he said. “Baseball is still fun to watch, especially the way this pitching staff is going. Yesterday I was able to watch two good baseball teams collide.’’

Just how well have A’s pitchers been doing? Coming into Tuesday’s start by Jarrod Parker, Oakland pitchers have a 2.33 ERA in their last 10 games and the team has won nine of those 10.

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Boston manhunt has A’s-Red Sox series up in air

Remember back in the 1989 Oakland-San Francisco World Series, baseball took a back seat to the Loma Prieta earthquake?

Something of the same is happening in Boston these days. The Red Sox game Friday night against Kansas City Royals was postponed with parts of Boston and is suburbs in lockdown while the authorities pursue a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Game 2 wrapup: Hiro’s OK for now, Resop in awe of Felix, Young to get first start in outfield

In pre-game workouts, the A’s had two disabled infielders, Adam Rosales and Hiro Nakajima, working out with the team.

Rosales, who has a rib cage injury, isn’t likely to be back soon, but Melvin said that Nakajima was closer and could head out with the team when Oakland flies to Houston Thursday.

That would depend on how Nakajima, dealing with a left hamstring strain, did in workouts this week. And things seemed to go astray when Nakajima walked off the field after only about 10 minutes or so while the rest of his teammates were early into their workout.

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Finding playing time in the outfield could be tough

There’s no crunch for playing time in Oakland. Yet.

Bob Melvin, the A’s manager, has been good at keeping the peace in the clubhouse by making sure everyone plays.

At the start of the 2013 season, however, there are early indications it’s not going to be easy for Melvin to get his five outfielders the playing time he anticipates.

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Sizemore, Rosales, Sogard battle for one roster spot, increasing likelihood of a deal being done

After the A’s dispatched the Dodgers 7-4 Sunday, the club sent down second baseman Jemile Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson.

Those were tough cuts, with Peterson hitting .408 and Weeks hitting .370.

It’s not going to get any easier, but some of the players who will make the team aren’t going to have numbers anywhere close to the numbers of the players just sent down.

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Freiman an imposing presence in A’s clubhouse

Nate Freiman s an imposing figure in A's camp

The initial impression brought on by Nate Freiman’s first morning in the A’s camp is that the Warriors missed out on a good bet.

This guy has a power forward’s body.

It’s yet to be proven if he’s the right-handed power hitter the A’s need as an option to the left-handed Brandon Moss at first base, but spring is all about optimism, right?

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A’s add right-handed first baseman Freiman off waivers from Astros

One of the great things about sports in general and baseball in particular is how quickly things can change.

A’s manager Bob Melvin went through a Q-and-A about his first base situation about 45 minutes ago, saying he would be comfortable having left-handed hitting Brandon Moss as his only true first baseman.

But, he added, the club is always looking “to see what pops up.’’

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