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Thanks to appeal, Willingham plays hero

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Good thing Josh Willingham appealed his suspension.

On the day he was suspended one game for bumping umpire Bill Miller on Saturday, Willingham was Oakland's biggest offensive contributor Monday, collecting half of the A's four hits, a three-run homer and two-run single.

The five runs driven in by Willingham were the difference in Oakland's 7-2 win over Texas.

While Willingham bumped Miller, it wasn't necessarily a chest bump.

Here's what happened: Miller called strike three on a pitch Willingham thought was inside. Willingham turned and took a few tiny steps toward the ump and spiked his helmet, earning a quick ejection.

Once Miller turned around after the thumbing, there was Willingham, in his face. There was contact, but Kouzmanoff suggests it was inadvertent.

"I thought the contact wasn't really initiated by me," said Willingham, who also was fined.

Willingham may or may not serve the one-game suspension, but his teammates were pleased he didn't serve it Monday.

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