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Just passing through

Matt Holliday won't be an A for long. But he's gotta prove he's no mile-high mirage.

Updated: April 14, 2009, 2:56 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

This article originally appeared in the April 20th issue of ESPN The Magazine.

On a warm spring morning at the Phoenix training facility of the A's, Matt Holliday hops on a stationary bike for the first of his two-a-day sessions. He sets a bottle of water and a sports drink atop the control panel and begins to tap away at the buttons. Then he takes a sip of water, puts on his headphones and starts to pedal, which causes the inside-out back pockets of his uniform pants to flop ...

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