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Oakland Athletics call up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

Oakland Athletics call up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

The Oakland Athletics bolstered the number of left-handed and right-handed pitchers in their bullpen by adding a single player: Pat Venditte.

The switch-pitcher got the call up Friday from triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League to join the team in Boston before a game against the Red Sox.

Venditte, 29, became a sort of viral sensation during spring training in Arizona with his unorthodox, six-finger glove and his ability to throw a fastball, changeup and slider with both arms.

It also prompted the creation of the Pat Venditte Rule, which stipulates that a pitcher can switch throwing arms at will, but once a player's at-bat has begun, the...

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