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A's use long ball to beat up on Hanshin Tigers

Updated: March 23, 2008, 11:12 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Donnie Murphy hit a grand slam in the eighth inning Sunday, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Hanshin Tigers 10-2 in their final exhibition game before opening the regular season in Japan against the Boston Red Sox.

The A's face the Red Sox at Tokyo Dome on March 25, the earliest regular-season opener in major league history, and again on March 26.

Murphy, who will take over from Marco Scutaro as the A's primary backup infielder, connected off Hanshin reliever Jeff ...

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