Duchscherer Sharp Before Leaving for As

Gives up one run in five innings before biceps tendinitis forces departure
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 3:06 AM CDT
Oakland Athletics' Daric Barton, left, breaks up a double play with Cleveland Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta during the third inning. The Athletics' Mike Sweeney was safe at first base.    ((AP Photo/Ben Margot))
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(Newser) – Justin Duchscherer allowed one run in five innings in his first start since 2003, helping the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night that was tempered by the right-hander leaving the game with biceps tendinitis. Duchscherer, who had season-ending surgery on his right hip last July, retired the first 11 batters he faced.

A reliever the past four years before an offseason trade that sent staff ace Dan Haren to Arizona and opened a spot in the A's rotation, Duchscherer struck out six and walked two. He left in the sixth after giving up back-to-back singles to Kelly Shoppach and Grady Sizemore. Cleveland starter Paul Byrd also had his problems, but they weren't physical.