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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Monday, September 2, 2019
The recent road trip didn’t end well for the Oakland Athletics, who head home for yet another crucial series.
The A’s dropped a heartbreaker in New York on Sunday. After leading 4-0 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees rallied in the ninth to walk off a 5-4 win. Oakland lost 4-3 the day before.
After taking Labor Day off, the A’s will host a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels with a chance to make progress in the American League Wild Card race. Going in to Tuesday, Oakland trails Cleveland by one game and Tampa Bay by 1 ½.
On Tuesday, a pitching matchup of right-handers features Mike Fiers (13-3, 3.40 ERA) for the A’s against the Angels’ Jaime Barria (4-7, 6.10 ERA).
A challenge for the A’s pitching staff will be shutting down Angels DH Shohei Ohtani, who is a full-time designated hitter this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Ohtani has been in a power slump with four home runs over the last two months.
With rosters expanding on Sept. 1, the A’s added five players to the 40-man roster. The A’s recalled right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Las Vegas, selected catcher Sean Murphy from Las Vegas, reinstated left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea from the 60-day injured list, and reinstated designated hitter Khris Davis from the paternity list.
To clear space on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated infielder Corban Joseph and right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson for assignment.
This series against the Angels, along with all other homestands in September, can be viewed by children age 12 and under for free in a special promotion by the A’s.
As the A’s continue their push to the postseason, kids 12 and younger can attend every September regular season home game for free. For every regularly priced individual ticket purchased, adults can receive two additional kids’ tickets.
The A’s have two homestands and a number of family-friendly promotions during the 12 home games in September: Star Wars Fireworks presented by Chevron (Sept. 7); Bert “Campy” Campaneris Bobblehead presented by Chevrolet (Sept. 8); Mike Fiers No-Hitter Bobblehead presented by Chevron (Sept. 20); Evolution of Pop Fireworks presented by Lagunitas (Sept. 21); and on Kid Appreciation Day, a Ramón “Laser” Laureano Bobblehead presented by Call 811 (Sept. 22).
Plus, kids can run the bases following every Sunday game (Sept. 8 and Sept. 22).
To receive two complimentary kids’ tickets with the purchase of one adult ticket, visit athletics.com/family or the Oakland A’s Box Office.