April 23, 2013 in Sports

Oakland Athletics players visit young Boston bombing victim

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Oakland’s Josh Reddick, left, Brandon Moss, top center, and Tye Waller, right, visit Aaron Hern in the hospital.
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By the numbers

55: Saves in 55 career chances in month of April for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon

8: Winning streak of Oakland A’s over Boston Red Sox that ended Monday. It tied longest streak vs. Red Sox in club history, set by 1932 Philadelphia A’s

Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and first-base coach Tye Waller of the Oakland Athletics visited an 11-year old boy Monday who was injured a week ago in the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Moss and Reddick, who both previously played for the Red Sox, are in town for a three-game series against the Red Sox.

They spent time at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, visiting Aaron Hern, who is from the Oakland area, and had his left leg hit by shrapnel in the bombings.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin talked about how the two players were glad they went and were emotional from the visit.

“I (spoke) with Mossie a little bit,” Melvin said in the dugout while the players were stretching prior to the game.

“He said that he was very glad and it was a very touching moment, and that the perspective that you get when you’re there talking to someone that’s been involved – as opposed to coming out here and losing a baseball game, it’s pretty insignificant – they were glad to do it and they’re probably better for it, too.”

Melvin also discussed how it was when the team was making its way to the hotel Sunday night.

“It was a pretty eerie feeling last night driving up,” Melvin said. “You look down Boylston Street and it’s still closed, with all the TV trucks and satellite trucks still in the area. You can only imagine what it was like at that time.”

Clearing the bases

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has denied any involvement with a South Florida clinic under investigation by MLB after a report linked an associate of his to the facility. … The Orioles optioned right- hander Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Norfolk. … Indians right-hander Brett Myers has been shut down due to tendinitis and a mild ligament sprain in his right elbow. Myers is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance.

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