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Oakland A’s opening weekend roundup: Two wins, a loss, and an Opening Day pregame ceremony

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Miss out on the the first weekend of baseball? We’ve got you covered.

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Good morning again, Athletics Nation!

The 2020 MLB season began over the weekend, and there was simply too much stuff to fit in one Elephant Rumblings post. An overflow edition is necessary for such an occasion, and today we’ll use it to look back on the Oakland A’s opening weekend. If you had to miss any of the action, we’ve got you covered.

The A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels for three games at the Coliseum, and they’re playing a fourth on Monday before moving on. Overall, Oakland won two of the three contests, dropping only the Saturday affair.

On Friday, the A’s put together perhaps the best Opening Day in Oakland history. After coming slow out the gate, Ramon Laureano sparked the lineup with some clutch extra-base hits, and the game went to extra innings — triggering the first-ever use of the new (and temporary, for now) rule putting an automatic runner on second base to begin the 10th frame and beyond. The A’s stranded the Halos’ free runner, but Oakland loaded the bases and got a walk-off grand slam from Matt Olson. It was MLB’s first Opening Day walk-off slam since 1986.

On Saturday, the A’s came out flat and stayed there. They managed only one run, while Sean Manaea started wonderfully for four innings and then got beat up in the 5th. The bright spot was the season debut of Jesus Luzardo, who came out of the bullpen to throw three scoreless frames.

On Sunday, Shohei Ohtani made his return to the MLB mound after missing 2019 to Tommy John surgery. However, he’ll have to wait a bit longer to record his first out, because all six A’s batters he faced reached base. He was knocked out in the 1st inning, with five runs eventually scoring, and the Angels never caught back up. Mark Canha had the big hit against Ohtani, Sean Murphy added a monster dinger later against the bullpen, and Liam Hendriks notched his first save after blowing one on Friday.

Here are all the links, sights, and sounds from last weekend, beginning with the Opening Day pregame ceremony.

Opening Day pregame ceremony

First, an in memoriam for 2020

Black Lives Matter demonstration

Video of the unity cloth

No A’s kneeled during the national anthem, but Khris Davis and Tony Kemp raised fists

The A’s released a pregame statement to make their position clear

Game 1 (Fri): A’s 7, Angels 3

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Walk-off!

Plus a Laureano dinger to wake up the lineup with the first run of 2020

Game 2 (Sat): Angels 4, A’s 1

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Luzardo is back!

Game 3 (Sun): A’s 6, Angels 4

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Five-run 1st inning off Ohtani

Murphy goes DEEP for his first homer of the year

MLB notes

Best of Twitter

Chapman’s dropped foul on Sunday was not ruled an error

Classy

We have our first “catch” by a cardboard cutout!

If they made a horror movie about a baseball team, it might look something like this

Cardboard Charlie-O makes an appearance. (And who are you callin’ a horse??)

The A’s concessions depth chart is loaded

No 3-0 teams for the first time since 1954

And finally, this is great. Bronson Arroyo got one right. (And look for A’s play-by-play radio voice Vince Cotroneo!)