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Washington gets foul present on birthday

A's 3B coach hit by ball on shin, stays in game
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OAKLAND -- A's third-base coach Ron Washington was gift-wrapped a foul ball on his birthday Friday night, but in an unexpected and unfortunate way.

In the fifth inning, A's outfielder Billy Burns fouled off a pitch from Astros starter Mike Fiers that shot toward Washington, who took a direct hit to the side of his right shin.

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OAKLAND -- A's third-base coach Ron Washington was gift-wrapped a foul ball on his birthday Friday night, but in an unexpected and unfortunate way.

In the fifth inning, A's outfielder Billy Burns fouled off a pitch from Astros starter Mike Fiers that shot toward Washington, who took a direct hit to the side of his right shin.

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Washington, who turned 64 on Friday, assured reporters after the game he was fine, but A's manager Bob Melvin noted, "For a minute there, it was scary."

"He's going to be a little bit sore tomorrow," Melvin said. "He had nowhere to go, and it was a bullet. You expect a righty to maybe pull one down there, you don't expect a lefty to hit one there, so he was hurting there for a minute, but I'm sure the win makes him feel a little bit better, and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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