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A's get insight from Hall of Famer Henderson

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 4:58pm  ET

JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Rickey Henderson bounced through the Oakland clubhouse from one player to the next, one corner to the other, with a stop at the breakfast table to greet a few more guys before moving on to meet with Daric Barton by his locker.

The high-energy Henderson helped awaken a tired group Wednesday just 11 hours after losing in extra innings to the rival Texas Rangers.

The Hall of Famer sure has been a positive influence in his role as roving instructor for the reigning AL West champions. From offering instruction on the art of baserunning and sliding technique to hitting and even mental approach, Henderson is doing a little bit of everything while back in his old green and gold A's uniform at age 54.

Baseball's career stolen base leader is loving this gig.

"It's just basically about a comfort level, going out there and believing in yourself," Henderson said of enduring the tough stretches. "You're going to go through a little bit of an up and down, keep fighting. The game's always a battle. Make sure that you know who you are and what you're doing, then go out there with that approach and have some fun. They're not worrying about the losing streak. I don't think we ever worried about this losing streak."

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