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The Oakland A's have scratched left-handed starter Dallas Braden from tonight's game against the Orioles with a tender elbow and replaced him with Vin Mazzaro.

Mazzaro, a 23-year-old right-hander, is 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA in eight appearances this year, five of them starts.

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Though Braden pitched a perfect game earlier this season and has a terrific career record against the Orioles (5-1, 1.41 ERA), catching Mazzaro may not be as big a break as it might appear. Mazzaro threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against them in his second major league start last year, then faced them a second time in 2010 and gave up two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings of work. That makes him 2-0 lifetime with a 1.42 ERA. He has not faced them in either a start or relief appearance this year.

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