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Suzuki given day to rest on Wednesday

Suzuki given day to rest on Wednesday

Suzuki given day to rest on Wednesday
OAKLAND -- Wednesday's day game proved the perfect opportunity for manager Bob Melvin to rest a banged-up Kurt Suzuki, whose left hand has received quite the beating in recent days.

Suzuki was hit in the left hand by a Daniel Bard fastball in last week's series finale in Boston and, since, has taken a fair share of foul balls and -- on Tuesday night -- a bat to the same hand, all the while remaining on duty behind the plate.

But on Wednesday, for the A's two-game series finale against Toronto, Suzuki rested, while Anthony Recker received his sixth start of the season.

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"He was in pain last night," Melvin said of Suzuki. "He's really tough. Last night, it got him. I almost thought we were going to have to take him out of the game. Today was an easy [decision]."

The dependable Suzuki has made 25 starts at catcher, most in the American League, and 541 since 2008, tops in the Majors over that span.

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