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A's starter Mike Fiers shows off strange facial hair against Rangers

A's starter Mike Fiers shows off strange facial hair against Rangers

Mike Fiers has two no-hitters to his name -- so after much deliberation we decided, if that's the case, you can do whatever you want. Especially when it comes to your facial hair.

Thems the rules.

As a matter of fact, you could even configure said facial hair into the number six, or a monkey tail ... or the letter "G," or a ... cinnamon roll?

It also mimics the curly rock in "The Nightmare Before Christmas." The shape could literally be anything.

This, of course, isn't the first time Fiers has sported some unique facial hair.

He's gone through different stages of mustaches, or some derivative, but A's analyst Dallas Braden assured us it's all part of the process.

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The new facial hair didn't help Fiers on Saturday night, though, as he left the game with an injury in the second inning.

But we still support you, Fiers. 

A's gain hope as City of Oakland drops lawsuit against Alameda County

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A's gain hope as City of Oakland drops lawsuit against Alameda County

There's still a long way to go, but the A's are one step closer to getting a new stadium built in Oakland.

On Wednesday, the Oakland City Council directed the City Attorney to immediately drop Oakland's lawsuit against Alameda County, paving the way for the sale of the Coliseum.

"We are pleased that the Oakland City Council has directed the City Attorney to immediately drop this lawsuit," A's President Dave Kaval said in a team statement. "We are committed to the long-term success of East Oakland and the Coliseum site. We look forward to finalizing our agreement with Alameda County, and creating a mutually beneficial partnership with the City of Oakland."

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred previously had warned Oakland officials in October to drop the lawsuit for fear of losing the team to relocation.

With the lawsuit dropped, the City of Oakland and the A's can move forward on the sale of the Coliseum land, on which the A's intend to develop housing, shops, restaurants and a park that will help fund the Howard Terminal site.

A's shortstop Marcus Semien shares mental health journey in HEADSTRONG

A's shortstop Marcus Semien shares mental health journey in HEADSTRONG

For Marcus Semien, his performance on the field sometimes would impact how he felt at home.

If the A's shortstop went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, he would be frustrated and it would be difficult to turn that off.

"It's very intense," he said.

As part of NBC Sports' documentary, "HEADSTRONG: Mental Health and Sports." Semien detailed the ups and downs of playing professional baseball and how he has improved over the years with dealing with the stresses and difficulties it can bring.

Semien, who committed 35 errors in 2015, enlisted the help of Ron Washington in hopes of building his confidence and improving his defensive performance.

And improve he did. Semien cut his errors down significantly, ultimately being named an AL Gold Glove Finalist in 2018.

Still, Semien knows he can't let his focus wane.

"There's been times where you're so hard on yourself over an at-bat and you bring it out to the field and you make an error on the field and you think 'Why did I just make that error?' cuz I was thinking about my at-bat," he chuckled.

But he's working on it.

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The 2019 AL MVP finalist continues to work on the mental side of the game, and knows that he and other athletes perform at their best when they're able to keep a level head.

You can watch all of the "HEADSTRONG: Mental Health and Sports" vignettes right here. The full documentary will play all month on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.

Check our channel listings page for times and dates.