Nick Punto


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Before the fun of All-Star festivities could begin, there was business for the A’s to tend to.


OAKLAND -– Nick Punto was scratched from the A’s lineup Friday, with recently promoted Andy Parrino replacing him at second base against the New York Yankees.


OAKLAND – Ryan Cook threw off the mound Tuesday for the first time since straining his right forearm, and the A’s reliever was pleasantly surprised at how sharp he was with all of his pitches.