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Eric Chavez joins Angels front office as special assistant

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Eric Chavez joins Angels front office as special assistant

Editor's Notes: The video above is an interview with A's GM David Forst from Oct. 14, 2015.

Former A’s third baseman Eric Chavez is joining an American League West rival.

The six-time Gold Glover has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a special assistant to new general manager Billy Eppler.

Chavez played two seasons with the Yankees after leaving Oakland following the 2010 campaign, and he worked for New York last season as a special assistant after he retired. He therefore has a connection to Eppler, who was the Yankees’ assistant GM before being hired by the Angels earlier this month.

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Chavez moonlighted part-time last season in the A’s TV booth, doing color commentary on 20 broadcasts for CSN California. It’s unknown if his new role would still allow him to continue any broadcasting. Chavez said there hadn’t been any dialogue, leading up to his hiring by the Angels, about calling more A’s games.

Chavez spent the first 13 years of his career with the A’s, and he ranks among Oakland’s top five in career home runs, RBI, hits, doubles, runs and games played, among other categories.

A's takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-4 win vs. rival Rangers

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A's takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-4 win vs. rival Rangers

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The A’s swept the Texas Rangers on Thursday, increasing their winning streak to six games with a 6-4 victory at the Coliseum.

Two-time All-Star Todd Frazier had his third straight 2-for-4 day at the plate, but the A's were even better on offense. Oakland scored six runs for the second straight game, and the A's built on the strong defense and bullpen performances we've seen over the past week.

Here’s what you might've missed in Thursday’s win.

‘Stache Olson

When Matt Olson arrived at media availability on Thursday, a couple of reporters didn’t recognize him. That’s mostly because of the brand-new mustache he’s sporting.

And it’s not going anywhere.

On Thursday, Olson crushed a ball into deep right center in the bottom of the second inning to put the A’s on the board.

Since the moment the facial hair sprouted, Olson has been on a tear. That began in Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers, when Olson had his eighth career game with two homers.

A’s manager Bob Melvin approves of it, Olson told reporters it wasn’t going anywhere and his teammates also respect the ‘stache.


Bullpen remains a chef’s kiss

I'm not sure how Yusmeiro Petit does it, but he managed to get himself in a pickle with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth. He got the two outs he needed, thanks to an Anderson Tejeda infield fly and then a Robinson Chirinos strikeout.

Only Petit can get out of such chaotic situations so calmly.

Petit and the rest of the A's bullpen had a 1.90 ERA heading into the game, and none of Oakland's relievers allowed any runs Thursday.

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Khris Davis’ power never left

Davis had a pretty solid outing at the plate Thursday, and his power certainly showed even though he didn't homer. The slugger went 2-for-3, and his lineout to shortstop had an exit velocity of 105.3 mph, That was hit harder than Olson’s homer in the second.

This was also Davis’ second multi-hit game of the season.

Melvin mentioned hitting coach Darren Bush was working with Davis on some adjustments with his hands after a slow start to the season. It appeared to be a timing issue, and it looks like Davis finally is figuring things out.

The power was always there, but it’s the production that has started to come back.

A's vs. Rangers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

A's vs. Rangers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The A's return home ending their brief road trip to Seattle on a high note.

Oakland took three out of four from the Mariners, including an 11-1 rout on Monday where they were buoyed by an eight-run inning and Khris Davis' first home run of the season.

The A's (6-4) open a three-game set against the visiting Texas Rangers (3-5) on Tuesday, who are staying in the Bay Area after losing two out of three to the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.

Here's how you can watch the A's play the Rangers online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Tuesday, Aug. 4

When: A's Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 5

When: A's Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Thursday, Aug. 6

When: A's Pregame Live at Noon PT -- First pitch at 12:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app