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Ross named Thursday starter for A's

Ross named Thursday starter for A's

OAKLAND -- After Tuesday night's 6-5 walk-off win over Seattle, A's manager Bob Geren announced Tyson Ross will make his second big league start on Thursday in place of injured righty Justin Duchscherer.

"I'm happy to get the start," Ross said. "I'm just going to go out there and try to put up some zeros to help this team out."

Ross said he plans to sit in the dugout on Wednesday to get an up-close look at the Detroit Tigers' lineup. He also said he'll pore over the plethora of scouting reports the team creates for every opponent.

"They have tons of valuable information," Ross said. "It would be ignorant if I weren't to look at those."

Ross, a 6-foot-6 right-handed rookie, said he's been a starter his whole life so he feels most comfortable in the role. On Saturday, when he made the emergency start for Duchscherer in Anaheim, Ross said he was only given about 15 or 20 minutes notice.

"I didn't really have time to have too many emotions," Ross said. "I was just trying to get my mind focused and try to get ready to go just in case they would need me. It probably benefited me."

Though Ross started off by retiring 11 straight batters, he then allowed three straight hits, the third of which was a three-run homer by Kendry Morales.

Still, Geren said he was encouraged by Ross' performance under such circumstances.

"He threw 62 pitches," Geren said. "Sixty-one of them were pretty good."

As for Ross' long-term outlook, Geren said he's yet to decide if Ross would be better served as a starter, a closer or something in between. Geren said Ross made the team out of necessity but that he's kept his spot by mixing up his low-to-mid-90s fastball, which has movement, and his late-breaking slider effectively.

"A lot of pitchers have been very successful breaking in as a reliever then either staying that way or being converted back to a starter," Geren said. "I'd just say his future's bright either way."

Ross, a Bay Area native who attended Cal, admitted it's pretty crazy to think he's already pitching for the team he grew up rooting for. He said the hardest part about coming out of the bullpen is getting loose quickly, but that he approaches it the same as he always has.

"I'm really fortunate," Ross said. "I got drafted in a good organization and they really developed me well to give me the opportunity to advance and succeed as I have."

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