Heard around the batting cage
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Even most of the A's staff, including manager Ken Macha, hasn't read the book. A's bullpen coach Bob Geren and bullpen catcher Brandon Buckley admitted they have read the book. Buckley got a mention late in the book for taking a batting practice liner by Ray Durham off his foot. A flavorful story about Buckley had him bouncing around the mound making sure "nothing was broken." But Buckley says the incident never happened.
On Tuesday against the Cubs, Gonzalez played all nine innings in a 10-1 blowout victory.
Alou says the secret to hitting without batting gloves is to harden your hands and prevent calluses. One of his methods might win someone the prize money on the TV show, "Fear Factor." He urinates on his hands. That's the honest truth. Alou said he isn't sure where he learned this distasteful folk medicine, but it wasn't from his famous father. And it works for Moises.
Prior's bullpen sessions have been going well, and he'll stay behind in Arizona and move on to simulated games by the end of next week.
Schill the shill's monicker: "Red Light," for the bulb on top of all television cameras.
Gary Miller is a reporter for ESPN.