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MLB schedule 2020: Oakland A's game dates, start times, analysis

MLB schedule 2020: Oakland A's game dates, start times, analysis

There is just under one month left in the 2019 MLB regular season, but 2020 schedule already was released Monday morning. 

Here is the A's full tentative schedule for next season: 

The start to the season won't be easy for the A's next year. Oakland starts 2020 with seven straight home games, but each is against current division leaders -- the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. The A's then hit the road to face the Twins in Minnesota and the Angles in Los Angeles. 

After a daunting start at home to open the season, the A's then welcome the Yankees and Red Sox to Oakland two weeks later as part of a 10-game homestand. Fans will see some big names right away, but it won't be easy on the field. 

The A's went 14-18 this season between March and April. Rosters will change in the offseason, but right now, it could be a tall task to have a better record than that to start next season.

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What you've all been waiting for, though, is the Bay Bridge Series.

The A's won't face the Giants until June 6 when they welcome the Giants to Oakland for two games. The rivalry will continue one month later on July 7 for two more games at Oracle Park. 

Even if the A's have trouble with their tough start to the season, they always can keep their eyes on winning The Bridge.

Watch 'Workaholics' star Blake Anderson shotgun beer at A's tailgate

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Watch 'Workaholics' star Blake Anderson shotgun beer at A's tailgate

Tailgating in Oakland is a unique experience, no matter the sport. And yet, you never can be quite prepared for what you're going to see or who you'll run into. 

At a recent tailgate during the Royals-A's series, "Workaholics" star Blake Anderson stopped by to hang out with some A's fans and enjoy some libations.

Well, to be frank, he straight up shotgunned a beer:

Those at the tailgate recorded the chugfest while shouting "Go Oakland!" in the process. Anderson responded perfectly.

The actor is a Concord native and is a huge A's and Golden State Warriors fan. You can spot him at plenty of local sporting events, so if you happened to miss him recently at the Coliseum, don't worry -- he'll be back soon.

Cheers, Blake!

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A's vs. Royals lineups: Matt Olson only left-hander facing Danny Duffy

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A's vs. Royals lineups: Matt Olson only left-hander facing Danny Duffy

One day after hitting his 35th home run, A's first baseman Matt Olson is the lone left-handed hitter in the lineup Wednesday. 

A's manager Bob Melvin is bringing out his right-handers to face Royals lefty Danny Duffy for a matinee game in Oakland. Olson, however, has fared much better against righties than lefties this year. 

The power-hitting 25-year-old is batting just .230 with 10 homers against left-handers this season compared to .290 with 25 long balls vs. lefties. He still will hit third in the order, though. 

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Royals game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at noon PT, with first pitch at 12:37.

Kansas City Royals (56-96)
2B Whit Merrifield
SS Adalberto Mondesí
DH Jorge Soler
3B Hunter Dozier
LF Alex Gordon
1B Ryan O'Hearn
RF Bubba Starling
C Meibrys Viloria
CF Brett Phillips

LHP Danny Duffy (6-6, 4.55 ERA)

Oakland A's (91-61)
SS Marcus Semien
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha 
RF Ramon Laureano
DH Khris Davis
C Sean Murphy
LF Chad Pinder
2B Sheldon Neuse

RHP Homer Bailey (13-8, 4.76 ERA)