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A's news and notes, April 5

Saturdays start was Dan Strailys first against big-leaguers since March 19, and he came out blazing, striking out seven in the first four inning.
Then came the fifth, when the Mariners jumped all over the right-hander for four extra-base hits, including a two-run homer to right by Dustin Ackley and a solo shot by Abraham Almonte. Manager Bob Melvin said Straily pitched well - it was just a matter of two pitches that missed location.
Embattled closer Jim Johnson worked the eighth, allowing a hit and getting two strikeouts.
That was good, but I dont think any of us had any doubts about him, designated hitter Brandon Moss said.
Its just a matter of him getting comfortable, with the amount of success hes had, shortstop Jed Lowrie said.
Makeup in May: Groundskeeper Clay Wood and his crew worked overnight to ready the Coliseum after Friday nights weather-related postponement. Absolutely miraculous, Melvin said of the condition of the field on Saturday compared to the wreck it was on Friday.
As President Michael Crowley called the decision to leave the tarp off Thursday a mistake, but said the team will continue to rely on the reports of the same weather consultant, whom Crowley declined to identify.
The As are still deciding whether to play the makeup game in early May as part of a traditional doubleheader or as part of a split day-night doubleheader.
Briefly: Melvin said he didnt think Lowrie had any chance to score on Moss two-out flyball double that fell among three Seattle players in short left-center. ... With two postponements last week, Tommy Milones turn was skipped in the rotation and he will throw to minor-league hitters in Arizona on Sunday. ... Ryan Cook (shoulder) was scheduled to throw two innings for Stockton on Saturday evening but lasted only two outs, allowing two hits (including a home run) and two walks but striking out two, and Craig Gentry (back) went 2-for-4 with a double in the Ports 3-2 win at Visalia. ... Top shortstop prospect Addison Russell, who missed several weeks of spring training with a hamstring strain, came out of Double-A Midlands game Friday with hamstring cramping.On deck
vs. Mariners
1:05 p.m. CSNCA
Ramirez (1-0) vs. Gray (0-0)
at Twins
1:10 p.m. CSNCA
Kazmir (1-0) vs. Correia (0-0)
OffLeading off
On the road back: Right-hander Joe Blanton, signed as a free agent in spring training, made his first start with Triple-A Sacramento since 2004. He allowed nine hits and five earned runs in five innings but got the win in a 12-7 victory at Salt Lake City.
- Chronicle Staff
Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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