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Fuentes finally wears down after repeated use

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Brian Fuentes wasn't available for Wednesday night's game against the Indians ... hardly surprising after his rough outing the previous night.

Fuentes, working for the third night in a row, the fourth time in five days and the fifth time in six games (over seven days), entered with the A's and the Indians tied 1-1. He allowed six consecutive hitters to reach base in the ninth inning, giving up three runs, and he was charged with the loss.

Afterward, manager Bob Geren admitted it was "pushing it" a little to use Fuentes there, but he said that the veteran knows his body well and Fuentes said he was available.

Fuentes said that he was a little tired, but when the phone in the bullpen rings, he said, he gets up. He noted that he had walked one hitter (he also hit one) but that otherwise, the damage was all singles.

Fuentes, who is filling in as closer while Andrew Bailey is on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, has not allowed a run in 11 of 15 appearances. However, in the other four, he has allowed 14 runs, nine earned.

Bailey threw 25 pitches of live batting practice Wednesday, all fastballs, and he said it went well. He is likely to throw to hitters again later this week. He is throwing curveballs only during flat-ground work.

Grant Balfour closed Oakland's 3-1 win over Cleveland on Wednesday for his first save with the A's.

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