Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A's Bordick Takes One for the Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A's Bordick Takes One for the Team

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Mike Bordick doesn't care that he'll have a nasty bruise on his backside. The ball that put it there forced home the winning run.

Bordick was hit by Mariners reliever Jeff Nelson with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Wednesday. forcing home Mike Aldrete and giving the Oakland Athletics a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Seattle.

"It's a painful way to do it, but anyway I can get a run across the plate I'll take it," Bordick said while listening to a fair amount of teasing and good-natured grief from teammates.

Bordick said there was just no way he could avoid the ball.

"His (Nelson's) fastball runs in anyway," Bordick said. "It chased me."

The A's trailed 4-2 entering the ninth, but Ruben Sierra tripled against Tim Leary and Lance Blankenship drew a walk from reliever Dennis Powell.

Nelson (3-3) came on and allowed an RBI single to right by pinch hitter Mike Aldrete. Blankenship took third on the play, and that proved crucial as he scored the tying run on Terry Steinbach's fielder's-choice grounder to short. …

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