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View Count: 83 |  Publish Date: February 25, 2014
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A's take photo in support of Venezuelan people

Phoenix -- - Like other teams in light of the recent political unrest in Venezuela, As players took a photo to show solidarity with Venezuelan protesters, gripping signs that read Venezuela, we are with you and All for a new Venezuela.
Three of the As Venezuelan players, pitcher Fernando Nieve and infielders Alberto Callaspo and Jose Martinez, took part. The fourth, infielder Darwin Perez, is still stuck in the country.
Its good to see everyone with our country, Callaspo said. Everywhere there are protests, and Im a little worried about what everyone there is going through, but what baseball is doing is good.
Callaspos wife and children are safe in Orlando, and Nieves immediate family is in Houston, but all three have many other relatives and friends in Venezuela. A major concern surrounding the upheaval is reports of the Venezuelan National Police firing tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters and killing students.
All Venezuelan people are sad about what is happening, Martinez said, but it will be all right. They have to know what they are doing is wrong. Its good for the country that baseball and people everywhere are telling them, Stop doing that.
Nieve said he has friends in Caracas whose apartment complex was bombed with tear gas, seriously affecting the health of all the residents, especially children and the elderly.
Theyre trying to let all the people know who has the power, Nieve said. A lot of people are getting hurt and are in the hospital. Theyre even shooting into houses. Venezuelans who are here in the U.S. want to let the people who are fighting (the government) know that we care about them.
Rotation takes shape: Sonny Gray will start the fourth game of the spring Saturday, one day after likely Opening Night starter Jarrod Parker. Scott Kazmir will go Sunday followed by A.J. Griffin and then Dan Straily. Barring injury or subsequent tweaks, that looks like the rotation at this point, though the season doesnt start for more than a month.
Briefly: Callaspo is learning to play first base, but it feels weird, he said. He doesnt yet have a first basemans glove and is using his infielders glove. ... Ryan Cook (shoulder) could be throwing off the mound this week. ... Outfielder Craig Gentry (back) is improving, Melvin said.
Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Time: 3:47  |  News Code: 384177  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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