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Watch Khris Davis' three-run ninth-inning home run give A's tie in Japan

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Watch Khris Davis' three-run ninth-inning home run give A's tie in Japan

Bob Melvin has seen this before. Even in Japan, Khris Davis is clutch.

With two outs and the A's down 6-3 in the ninth inning, Davis smashed a three-run homer over the left field wall to tie it up at 6-6 at the Tokyo Dome. The exhibition against the Nippon Ham-Fighters prevents extra innings and ended in a tie. 

"I literally said, 'I've seen this happen before,'" A's manager Melvin said to reporters after the game. 

The tie ended the A's exhibition series against the Fighters before their Opening Series games start against the Mariners. Oakland won the first exhibition, 5-1.

Davis was the hero, but Matt Chapman was the A's best player once again in the tie. Chapman went 2-for-2 with a walk, and went 5-for-5 in the two exhibition games. 

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The A's first run of the game came off in the second inning. Stephen Piscotty smashed a solo shot to left field to give Oakland an early lead. 

Brett Anderson started on the hill where he allowed two unearned runs while striking out four. Shortstop Marcus Semien committed two errors on the day. 

The A's open the regular season against the Mariners in Tokyo on Wednesday morning at 2:35 a.m. PT.

California State Assembly passes A's stadium bill; state senate next

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California State Assembly passes A's stadium bill; state senate next

The A's proposed waterfront ballpark took another step forward Wednesday. 

The California State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 1191, which would allow for the A's to construct a privately financed ballpark at Oakland's Howard Terminal site. The legislation passed 56-0, according to A's president Dave Kaval. 

"We still have much work ahead of us, but this is another significant milestone for our club and our city,” Kaval said in a statement Wednesday. 

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The bill, authored by Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, will now move to the state senate for consideration.

On May 13, the Port of Oakland's Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a term sheet with the A's that would give the team four years to complete all of the preparatory work needed to lease Howard Terminal. Those steps include securing necessary land use permits and conducting an environmental impact review. 

Nick Hundley continues to thrive at plate at opportune time for A's

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Nick Hundley continues to thrive at plate at opportune time for A's

If you glance at the box score for the A's Wednesday matinee matchup against Cleveland, you'll see some full numbers from backup catcher Nick Hundley.

The 35-year-old dominated at the dish in the 7-2 win and series sweep, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle on three hits with a home run and two RBI. This assisted in lifting the A's to the .500 mark for the first time since April 26. He told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser after his successful day that Oakland is just hitting its stride.  

“This is the type of baseball we expect to play,” Hundley said. “We expect to go out there and pitch well, we’ve been playing really good defense and up and down the lineup we have the ability to drive the ball. This is what we envisioned at the start of the season. It isn’t what we were doing at the start of the season, but that doesn’t matter now.”

Hundley is also now 11 for his last 28 in 13 games. Those numbers are night and day compared to how he started the season. 

The veteran catcher also admitted he dubbed himself as someone who "wasn't a very good baseball player" during that time.

It appears those days are in the past -- both figuratively and literally. And it couldn't have come at a more opportune time for the A's.

[RELATED: Jurickson Profar finding his rhythm at the plate]

Slugger Khris Davis has missed multiple games due to a nagging left hip contusion and was left out of Tuesday's lineup. Mark Canha took over designated hitting responsibilities and went 2-for5 with three RBI.

The Green and Gold have now won six in a row. They have an off day Thursday and return to Oakland Friday to begin a nine-game homestand.