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Marte's base stealing streak matches Henderson in A's history

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Starling Marte has played extremely well for the Athletics since coming over just before the MLB trade deadline, and now has matched one of the franchise's all-time greats on the base paths.

Marte's 14 steals in his first 20 games in Oakland are the most since Henderson stole 15 bags from May 8 through June 21 of the 1992 season.

And to no one's surprise, Marte swiped his 15th big Saturday against the Giants, keeping pace with Henderson.

Earlier this week, Marte matched Adam Kennedy by getting 26 hits over his first 15 games with the A's, the most since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968.

Overall, Marte is hitting .337 over his first 20 games in an A's uniform, making a major impact after coming over in a trade for highly touted pitcher Jesús Luzardo from the Miami Marlins.

Marte's importance in the lineup was magnified after A's outfielder Ramón Laureano tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended 80 games by MLB several weeks ago. 

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The Boston Red Sox are just a half-game behind the A's in the AL Wild Card standings, so Marte's hot bat and speed on the base paths will be instrumental down the stretch of the regular season.

In Friday night's Bay Bridge Series clash with the Giants, Marte's RBI double and subsequent steal attempt of third that turned into a run on a throwing error provided valuable insurance runs in a 4-1 victory over the team with MLB's best record.

 

In a trade deadline chock full of major deals involving many of the league's top contenders, the A's might have made the most impactful move, at least so far.