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Health of Harden, Crosby critical to A's success

Originally Published: March 13, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- You might expect spring training injuries to two prominent outfielders to put a crimp in team morale. But spirits are high in Oakland's camp, where the Athletics always see the intravenous drip as half full, rather than half empty.

As Oakland general manager Billy Beane points out, Bobby Kielty just needed an "oil change" on his knee and should return by Opening Day. Mark Kotsay could miss three months with a "microdiscectomy" -- also known as back surgery -- but it's almost comforting ...

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