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Oakland A's Camp Notes: Baserunning Blues

The Oakland A's split their two games on Monday, downing the Chicago Cubs 6-4 and losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-2. Joe Blanton had a strong second spring appearance, while Tim Harikkala took a step back in his quest to win a bullpen spot. As for the A's quest to incorporate more "small ball" into their game; well, let's just say that it is still a work in progress.

In the split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs, the A's sent rookie Joe Blanton to the mound to square off with Carlos Zambrano. Blanton matched Zambrano's zeros through the first three frames. The Kentucky alum limited the Cubs to two hits, while walking none and striking out one batter. It was a strong second appearance for Blanton, who has done nothing to jeopardize his place in the A's...