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A's to begin 2019 season in Japan vs. Mariners; full schedule revealed

A's to begin 2019 season in Japan vs. Mariners; full schedule revealed

For the third time, the Oakland A's will begin their regular season in Tokyo in the 2019 Japan Opening Series. The A's will play host to the Seattle Mariners in the Tokyo Dome on March 20 and 21. 

Major League Baseball has opened its regular season five times in Japan and the A's have been a part of the opening series three times. The season last began in Tokyo in 2012 with the A's splitting two games against the Mariners. The A's also hosted and split two games with Red Sox in 2008. 

Once the A's return the states, Opening Day will be a home matinee versus the Angels on March 28, starting a seven-game homestand. 

The A's and Giants will fight for 'The Bridge' for the second straight season as the 2019 Bay Bridge Series starts in San Francisco. First the A's will travel across the Bay on Aug. 13 and 14 before hosting the Giants on Aug. 24 and 25. 

Three of the summer's biggest holidays will feature home games in Oakland. The A's host the Angels on Memorial Day, the Mariners on Father's Day and the Twins on the Fourth of July. 

The complete A's 2019 schedule can be seen here

How A's playoff chances are impacted by injury to Boston's Chris Sale

How A's playoff chances are impacted by injury to Boston's Chris Sale

Boston's playoff hopes were already on life support. This might be the death blow.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with elbow inflammation and will seek a second opinion from famous surgeon Dr. James Andrews. That's never a good sign, considering Andrews is best known for performing surgery on damaged ligaments.

The defending World Series champions entered Sunday 6 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot with just 37 games remaining. That's already a difficult hill to climb, and if Sale is forced to miss the rest of the season, it could become impossible.

Sale, 30, has finished in the top six of the AL Cy Young voting in each of the last seven seasons. This year has not gone nearly as well for the left-hander, as he is just 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA. However, his stuff is still dominant, as he has struck out 218 batters in 147 1/3 innings.

Without Sale, Boston's already shaky rotation becomes an even larger concern. The Red Sox don't have a single starter with an ERA under four and two of their regulars are over five.

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From the A's standpoint, the Sale injury likely shrinks the wild-card race to just three teams: Oakland, Tampa Bay, and the runner-up in the AL Central, either Cleveland or Minnesota. The A's are just half a game behind the Rays for the second position and 1 1/2 games behind the Indians for the top spot.

The A's lead the Red Sox by six games and now probably have one less team to worry about.

Dave Kaval responds to Mark Davis' A's remarks, feels for Raiders fans

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Dave Kaval responds to Mark Davis' A's remarks, feels for Raiders fans

Unlike Raiders owner Mark Davis, A's president Dave Kaval isn't one to take a blow torch to his stadium co-tenant.

Ten days after Davis blasted the A's front office before his Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas, Kaval was given the chance to respond.

“I just feel really bad for the Raiders fans," Kaval told The Athletic's Steve Berman on Saturday. "It’s been a really challenging situation with them. I grew up in Cleveland. I saw the Browns leave. I was a season-ticket holder. My family went to the Dawg Pound growing up. So I know first-hand the kind of pain that can come with a team relocating and [the Raiders] have relocated twice. So it’s just kind of a difficult situation for their fans.

"I’m hopeful that they can kind of manage their way through that. And I think from our perspective we just want to make sure we provide the best fan experience for A’s fans and Oakland residents here at the Coliseum.”

In an Aug. 8 interview with The Athletic, Davis labeled Kaval and the A's front office as "real pricks," among other things.

One day later, Davis apologized, but the damage already had been done.

While talking with Berman, Kaval never said Davis' name, but he defended the changes the A's have made to the Coliseum since the Raiders decided to leave for Vegas for the 2020 NFL season.

“Being the last team left in Oakland, we feel a great sense of responsibility to represent our community," Kaval said. "To make sure that we invest, both on the field and also off the field with all efforts to build a world-class stadium at the waterfront so we can be here 50, 100, 200 years, in perpetuity.”

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Kaval took the high road, sort of, but we still don't expect him to share a suite with Davis at either of their new stadiums.

Back to your corners, fellas.