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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Sam Fuld has never backed down from a challenge and that's been a major reason he's still playing professional baseball. He's facing his latest test trying to make the roster of the Oakland Athletics as a reserve outfielder.

Fuld said it's all about perseverance and the willingness to do the little things that help win a ballgame. It's an attitude respected by A's manager Bob Melvin, who watched Fuld from the opposing bench the past two years.

Fuld, a non-roster player, was drawn to Oakland because he felt the A's shared similar characteristics.

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