• Following a day off Tuesday, rehabbing shortstop Hiro Nakajima (hamstring) will play six innings in an extended Spring Training game on Wednesday and, "if everything goes well," Melvin said, he'll then be close to reporting to Triple-A Sacramento.
• Closer Grant Balfour's last blown save was a year ago Monday in Baltimore. The right-hander entered the day having converted each of his last 21 save opportunities, which is tied for the third-longest streak in Oakland history.
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