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Kuroda allows No Runs in 5 2/3 innings

Hiroki Kuroda

RHP Hiroki Kuroda made his fourth Spring Training start the best of the season, limiting the Oakland Athletics to a pair of hits and no run while pitching into the six inning. Rookie Josh Lindblom allowed two runs late that tied the game but showed maturity beyond his years by wiggling out of a mess in the seventh inning.

Kuroda, who lowered his spring ERA to 2.50, is entering the final year of a three-year contract and his 3.74 career ERA leads all Japanese-born starting pitchers. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. RHP Josh Lindblom, 22, blew a save by allowing a pair of runs in the seventh inning, but pitched out of the jam and added a scoreless eighth inning, striking out four in his two...

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