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Elephant Rumblings: A’s release 2021 spring training schedule

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The Oakland A’s have an off-day for the first time in two weeks! They just played 16 games in 13 days and survived that gauntlet, going an impressive 9-7 during a brutal stretch of which half came against the Astros and Padres. Their magic number is four to clinch the AL West division, with 10 left to play, thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker they hold over runner-up Houston. Their magic number for a Wild Card is three, but that is probably not relevant.

With the present looking reasonably comfortable, on Wednesday the A’s (and MLB) offered a brief glimpse into a hopefully normal future by announcing their 2021 spring training schedule. They’ll get started in Arizona on Feb. 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers, and play 33 games in the Cactus League against the normal opponents. Three of the dates are split-squads for the A’s, and the whole thing wraps up back in California with the traditional Bay Bridge Series against the Giants from March 28-30, with Oakland hosting the first two meetings at the Coliseum.

Of course, nobody can predict exactly what tomorrow holds. Spring training was interrupted this year by the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing societal shutdown it brought, and we don’t know for sure that it will be safe to resume regular life by March. But there’s always time to adjust these plans if necessary, and for now MLB is at least mapping out what a normal 2021 would look like. The A’s released their 2021 regular season schedule in July.

Here’s the full 2021 spring training slate:

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