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Worth noting

Worth noting

• Dallas Braden faced hitters for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last May, throwing a 20-pitch live batting practice at the A's facility in Arizona on Friday.

• Shortstop Cliff Pennington's visit with a doctor on Thursday yielded no significant findings, Melvin said. Pennington has been feeling better but is yet to begin baseball activity. He was placed on the disabled list July 20 due to left elbow tendinitis.

• Melvin said he is in favor of expanding the use of instant replay to make boundary calls and determine whether a ball was trapped or caught. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expressed confidence Friday that instant replay would be expanded in the future to include such calls.

"Boundary calls certainly are significant, usually because those are plays that are extra bases, which a lot of times means a run scored or not," Melvin said. "I think everybody was looking for some sort of a tweak, and it sounds to me like it was the right thing to do."