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Watch A's Prize Patrol surprise lucky fan Natalie B. with $5,000

Watch A's Prize Patrol surprise lucky fan Natalie B. with $5,000

For East Bay native Natalie B., it literally paid off to watch Thursday's A's broadcast on NBC Sports California.

Natalie is the inaugural winner of the A's Prize Patrol contest and won $5,000, which was presented to her on Friday evening.

Additionally, the A's will match the $5,000 prize and donate it to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

So what did Natalie have to do in order to win the $5,000 grand prize? On Thursday, she tuned in to A's-Astros game, and when a secret code was revealed, she went to https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/prizepatrol  and filled out the form.

Five random finalists were selected on Friday, and each was asked to write 50 words on what makes them such big A's fans.

“My birth year the A’s were 3rd time champions," Natalie wrote. "My first games were “Billy Ball.” I was a teenage “Bash Brothers” fan. I cheered the “Streak,” and am raising a 4th generation of A’s fans. I’ll watch tonight with my parents and twins - three generations of A’s fans, #RootedInOakland.”

A's In-Stadium host Kara Tsuboi, mascot Stomper, A's Prize Patrol and NBC Sports California surprised Natalie at her home in the East Bay on Friday night.

If you want the chance to follow in Natalie's footsteps and win $5,000 for yourself and a charity, you have three more chances this season.

Watch these three upcoming game broadcasts for the secret code:

Aug. 21 vs. New York Yankees
Sept. 3 vs. Los Angeles Angels
Sept. 6 vs. Detroit Tigers

Once the secret code is revealed, you can enter the contest here.

The A's Prize Patrol was created as a way for the team and NBC Sports California to reward fans for tuning in to A's broadcasts. Watch the A’s to win and support your community.

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

[RELATED: A's compare Davidson to Corey Seager]

The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

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MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

[RELATED: How Forst thinks state of free-agent market will impact A's]

Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.