Someone to lean on

Oakland's young pitchers have ideal role model in veteran right-hander Ben Sheets

Updated: February 25, 2010, 12:01 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Never mind the challenge Ben Sheets will face in his pursuit of 200 innings. His surgically repaired right flexor tendon will get its biggest workout from all the hand holding he'll be doing this summer.

When the Athletics spent $10 million on a one-year contract for Sheets, they were betting on a return to form by the pitcher who made four All-Star teams while with Milwaukee, struck out 264 batters at age 25 and averaged 225 innings during a three-year stretch with the Brewers.

And ...

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