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A's experience deja vu in 6-1 win over Seattle

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A's experience deja vu in 6-1 win over Seattle

SEATTLE -- One of baseball's greatest quotes is of course a Yogi-ism. As Yankees' legend Yogi Berra once said, "It's deja vu all over again."

That's what it felt like Saturday night at Safeco Field. The final score of both Friday and Saturday's games -- 6-1, Oakland. The A's scored the first run in the first inning on an error in both games. Both games had a fourth inning George Kottaras home run, a Stephen Drew RBI single, and the A's starting pitcher on both Friday and Saturday night threw 108 pitches. In both contests the A's also knocked out the Mariners starting pitcher prior to the fifth inning. The similarities are staggering right? Deja vu, all over again. "No game is a replay of any other game," Kottaras said. Oh, alright then, maybe we should just focus on Brett Anderson? He tossed six innings, allowed no earned runs, and is now 4-0 since returning from a 14 month recovery from Tommy John surgery. Not deja vu, but seemingly unreal."I always hold myself to a high standard," Anderson said. "You have to in this game or it will beat you up."Anderson has allowed two earned runs in 26 innings pitched since his return. He didn't walk a single batter on Saturday and has only walked three total in four starts while striking out 19. He has lasted six innings, and allowed one run or less in all of his starts in 2012. "His performance, I think, has been more than we can ever expect," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "To sit there and say he's 4-0 after coming back is pretty terrific." But the young lefty said he was battling himself a bit on the mound, though it was hard to tell. "Today was definitely my most grinding start," Anderson said. "Seems like it's easy when it's going good and you are getting three up, three down. It almost makes these starts more sweet because you have to pitch your way out of jams and battle through it."One thing that happened for the first time on Saturday was Kottaras catching Anderson. The battery mates had to feel each other out a tad. Anderson shook the catcher off a couple times but said he does that to everyone that catches him. "It doesn't mean anything that's just the way I pitch," Anderson said. "If I'm going to get beat, I'm going to get beat on something I want to throw." He left Kottaras impressed."He's got electric stuff," Kottaras said. "He throws anything in every count. Being back there tonight was definitely a fun thing for me."Like last night, the A's benefited from a bomb courtesy of Kottaras. His fourth inning two-run shot left the yard in a hurry. It was his eighth homer of the season and his 13th RBI in his last five games. "Yeah, I hit it pretty good," Kottaras said. "I wasn't trying to do to much, just hit it hard somewhere." The A's have won their last eight road games, the longest such streak since 2005. A run of success that couldn't have come at a better time. 15 of Oakland's next 18 games are on the road. They go for the series sweep on Sunday. The A's have swept the opposition in two of their last three series. They got swept in their previous series. More deja vu all over again.

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

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Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.