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A's 1B Matt Olson receives recognition in AL Rookie of the Year voting

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A's 1B Matt Olson receives recognition in AL Rookie of the Year voting

Matt Olson's second half of the season was the story of legends.

The A's rookie first baseman went on a historic home run tear over the final two months of the season and it helped him garner a few votes in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

In the results announced on Monday, Olson finished fourth in the voting behind unanimous winner Aaron Judge, second-place finisher Andrew Benintendi and third-place finisher Trey Mancini.

Olson received one second-place vote and two third-place votes. 30 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America cast ballots.

After hitting just four home runs over 19 games from April to July, Olson was recalled from to the game on August 8 and that's when the fun began. In August, he clubbed seven home runs and followed that up with 13 more in September before a hamstring injury cut his season short on September 25.

POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's perfect game vs Manaea's no-hitter

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POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's perfect game vs Manaea's no-hitter

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live today at 6:30 p.m. to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Giants conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (19-time winner)

(From Dallas Braden)

Well, they haven’t taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It’s still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A’s fans everywhere.

In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I’d become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that’s what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.

I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn’t be happier to share this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It’s a perfect fit if you ask me.

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2. Sean Manaea's no-hitter vs Red Sox on April 21, 2018

(From Sean Manaea)

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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing

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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing

ANAHEIM — The Los Angeles Angels say two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s elbow ligament is continuing to heal and he has been medically cleared to begin a throwing progression.

The team said Ohtani was given a six-week evaluation Thursday by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The Angels said they would release specifics about his progress and rehabilitation schedule at another time.

Ohtani was placed on the disabled list with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain on June 8 after complaining about tightness in his right elbow following a June 6 start against Kansas City. The Japanese sensation has since returned to the roster as a designated hitter, but his prospects to pitch remain unclear.

He is hitting .283 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs. On the mound, Ohtani won four of his first five decisions before getting injured.