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A'S NOTEBOOK

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Heath Hembree throws during spring training baseball practice Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Oakland manager Bob Melvin isn't ready to make a call on his opening day starting pitcher, but that announcement could come by Monday. Friday night's starter against the Giants, Sonny Gray, is widely expected to get the call. Gray didn't get much help from his defense in a 3-0 loss, with three infield errors committed behind him. He dodged the first two but wound up allowing an unearned run in the fourth inning. Gray said his curveball and changeup combined with fastball produced his best collection of pitches of the spring. The other two runs of the game came in the eighth off A's closer Jim Johnson.

Josh Reddick had to come out of the game in the third inning for what were termed contact lens complications. Melvin said he thought it was a one-day issue for Reddick. . . . Craig Gentry's back problem survived his playing in a minor league game Thursday. The outfielder did a full workout Friday and will have another minor league game Saturday. It's questionable if he'll be ready for opening day. . . . Ryan Cook, whose recovery from shoulder pain may keep him off the opening day roster, will throw an inning in a minor league game Saturday.


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