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Inside Pitch: Mulder Says Goodbye To A's Family

The initial shock of getting traded had Mark Mulder so speechless, he later felt bad that he didn't sound very excited when St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty talked to him.<br> But a few days later, it started to sink in that he really is gone from Oakland, that he's really joining a team that was in the World Series last year, and that he really won't be pitching in the same rotation with close friends Tim Hudson and Barry Zito anymore.

"Those are some of my best friends," Mulder said. "It's going to be weird. I've only pitched with those guys. We've all relied on each other. We all pushed each other in a good way. We all knew this would happen, sooner or later, but we didn't think it would happen this quickly. It was quite the shocker." The friendship and rivalry will continue across divisions, leagues and time zones. Mulder is...

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